MEPO was founded in 1999 by Dr. Mostafa Vaziri to serve the needy through medical and educational aid. Dr. Vaziri and other MEPO doctors and volunteers originally served in Nepal. Gradually MEPO’s work expanded to include projects in Pakistan (in Afghan refugee camps), Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, where MEPO conducted many free health camps, and established mother-child health care clinics and schools in Afghanistan, in refugee camps and in poor rural villages. Through time, some of MEPO’s projects were handed over to other NGOs to carry on with the same mission. Many of the home-based schools that MEPO had established in pre-2001 Afghanistan were assimilated into government schools after 2002.
In 2002, MEPO officially relocated to Afghanistan. At this time, Dr. Vaziri and Allison Lide of MEPO, in collaboration with the Afghan NGO HEWAD, established the House of Flowers orphanage. This orphanage was designed as a Montessori –based home and school for 20-30 children. Ten years later, the House of Flowers continues to be a vibrant place and a vital focus of MEPO’s work.
Besides the House of Flowers, MEPO continues to offer small-scale assistance to needy families and individuals all over the world. With the donations of caring individuals over the years, MEPO has provided small-scale food and humanitarian assistance to poverty-stricken families in needy areas all over the world, including Nepal, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Lesotho, Bhutan, and Sudan. Dozens of small-scale projects such as community assistance (i.e. digging water wells, setting up vocational training programs, supporting microenterprise, etc), donations to individuals (food, money, clothes, blankets, etc.), and medical support (such as transfers of Afghan patients to Iran for surgery, free health clinics, and assistance in buying medications) have been coordinated by MEPO.
These gestures were only possible thanks to the donations of those who were in the background providing resources.