HAMI started out as a volunteer and independent organization during the Balkan crisis in 1992 to provide help for vulnerable women and children suffering from persecution and abuse in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Later on, as Iran was hosting more than four million Afghan and Iraqi refugees due to the non-ending crisis in the region since the 1980s and also with the rapid growth of the number of vulnerable refugee and migrant women and children scattered in the disadvantaged areas of the main cities who were in desperate need of protection, HAMI decided to establish itself formally as a humanitarian organization in the region.
Focusing on Afghan women and children as the most vulnerable groups among those undergoing forced migrations, HAMI strives to empower refugee women and children to realize and activate their potentials to overcome individual and social barriers, to not only assume a noteworthy role in reestablishing their lives in the host country but also engage in their country’s rehabilitation.
To this end, we believe that the prime measure required to be taken is providing educational facilities all the way from programs of literacy, physical and mental health, and family planning to technical vocational training in order to promote the socio-political participation of our target groups. HAMI provides facilities to pave a ground for their individual and collective growth and development.
In line with our goals to provide protection and support for affected and disadvantaged Afghan women, and following the fall of the Taliban in 2002, HAMI opened its office in Afghanistan to support Afghan women in gaining their fundamental human rights.