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Source of Compassion is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Source of Compassion began several years ago with its founder, Noorullah Noorzad. In his home country and other parts of Central Asia, he saw hundreds of children living on the streets. The scene was the same in all the major cities, though the reasons for the abandonment of children were varied. Some children’s parents and would-be caretakers had been killed in war. Others were born to unwed mothers, often women who had been raped. Yet others were not welcome in the context of second marriages, which were an economic necessity for widows. At the same time, he saw a growing and disturbing trend towards drug-addiction.

Rampant or willful misinformation and an increasing availability of opium and heroin were drawing entire families, including very young children, into long-term drug dependency, with ruinous social, economic, psychological, and spiritual consequences. The ugly faces of deprivation and addiction made a lasting impression.

Noorzad was later forced to flee his home country, but he was not without hope. Once on solid footing in North America, he gathered a team of dedicated people and developed a plan to help drug-addicted and abandoned children. The work of Source of Compassion is our answer to the acute suffering to which we have been awakened. It means the world to us to see a child smile again, hope restored, lives rebuilt.

Source of Compassion founder Noorullah Noorzad shares the mission for the organization.



“Our mission is to reach abandoned and drug-addicted children and provide them with the nurturing, training, and treatment they need to have a chance at a better life.

We give the attention, love, and support they need to recover and restart their lives in a safe environment where they have the opportunity to become free from their suffering and grief.”

These are the children who…

  • have been orphaned in war.
  • are stigmatized from being born to unwed mothers, many of whom were raped.
  • are given opium to make them sleep when they are young and teething.
  • are abandoned by mothers who remarried for reasons of economic desperation.
  • have spent their lives fleeing from the horrors of war.
  • have themselves been injured from war.
  • suffer depression and other psychological distress in their hostile environment.
  • use opium and heroin to self-medicate in the absence of adequate social support.
  • are given opium in the absence of safe and effective medicine.
  • are forced to live on the street where they are exposed to organized crime and traffickers.
  • become addicted due to family members’ second-hand smoke.
  • suffer from painful withdrawal symptoms.
  • never had the opportunity to go to school, or had to drop out of school.
  • become beggars on the street to help support addicted and unemployed family members.
  • resort to selling opium on the street to support their habit.
  • are used by drug traffickers to distribute drugs.

Their Stories

These children face unimaginable hardships every day and have little hope for their future. Here are some of their individual stories about how their lives have been impacted by the crisis of drug addiction. Learn More

Relief Services

Relief Services is a program that identifies and helps children in need of immediate support.


Compassion Center

The Compassion Center will be an in-patient treatment facility for drug-addicted children.


House of Hope

The House of Hope will be a vocational and educational center for abandoned children.