When I first arrived at MAHAK, I had been expecting to visit a typical charity hospital. But much to my surprise, MAHAK was far from the muted and bland hospital that I had previously pictured. From the moment I stepped inside, I was welcomed to a rush of bustling activity. People from all over Tehran were gathered around together chatting, eating, shopping, and just having a good time. The first thing that immediately
caught my eye was the variety of beautiful and bright paintings decorating the walls. As I ventured further into the hospital, I was greeted by people working at different stands selling a large variety of merchandise. While purchasing a couple of MAHAK bracelets, I could hear the loud noise of an announcer shouting out different prices for a grand painting in the middle of the crowd. Coming from a small town in America, I was truly amazed by the enthusiasm and culture of the fundraiser. Hundreds of people of all ages were gathered together to enjoy good music and food for a single cause. The cheerful atmosphere made it hard to believe that the building was a hospital. I was inspired to spend the rest of my vacation volunteering at this thriving charity.