Unmarried girls become mothers
Various problems, including financial ones, have made marriage difficult in Iran; so much so that the median age for marriage in both girls and boys has risen in recent years. According to official statistics, there are currently over one million women over the age of 35 in Iran who have decided to remain single. Be that as it may, this has not prohibited their motherly feelings.
Downtism Café – A special café for special youngsters
A small coffee shop with seven tables and walls covered in children’s warm, colorful paintings, a large organ in a corner played by the delicate hands of a boy and a singalong - I am happy and free and grateful - a few girls and boys in their blue and white uniforms serving the customers while accompanying the organ player with the sing-song, moving to the music, and smiling at you with faces looking alike as if they will never grow up… a few shaky hands behind the counter making coffee and serving chocolate cake. This is Downtism Café in the middle of Tehran which is run by girls and boys with down syndrome and autism.