Back in 1995 and working as a Social Worker in Stockholm, Sweden, Poran Poregbal was greatly inspired by the Swedish pedagogic approach to social problems. Poran was always observing a reality that the mental health of many Persian communities is often pushed to edges. As a new immigrant, she herself had experienced the challenges of not only dealing with the previous separation from home but also feeling the need for integration and re-adjustment to her new home. At the same time, she saw a gap in between the type of mental health care the Farsi-Speaking immigrant community needed and the services already available to them.
“Our communities are undergoing numerous challenges during time of immigration and constant cultural re-adjustments. Personal and interpersonal – relational conflicts and mental health issues are the leading sources for the pain and suffering that need to be dealt with in a culturally sensitive way”. ( Poran Poregbal).
Observing and taking in all the great lessons, she dreamed of starting a non-profit society to apply similar standards in serving her own community.