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Mahak Hospital

Location: Mahak Hospital, Darabad, Tehran
Age-group: Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School
Number of Children: 800
Number of Teachers: 13
Start Date: July 2013/extended July 2014

The Institute for Research on the History of Children’s Literature in collaboration with Mahak Hospital decided to implement Read with Me project for children with cancer in Summer 2013. The purpose of this project is to bring quality books to child patients in order to increase their living quality.

Read with Me project provided book bags for 400 children from preschool to high school in 2013 and gave them to children’s families along with Parent’s Guide Books. Reading volunteers in Mahak Hospital and some psychologists participated in two workshops which were held by institution experts to improve the psychological situation of hospitalized children with cancer by reading books.

Due to the project`s success in the first year, hospital officials provided book bags for 400 other children in Summer 2014 and asked institution experts to hold two more workshops for volunteers and psychologists.
Up to now, IRHCL has held five Read with Me workshops for 40 psychologist and volunteers in Mahak Hospital and 800 children have benefited this project.

This project has been held with financial support of Mahak benefactors and cooperation of Fund for Education and Empowerment of Working Children and one of Mahak private financial supporters.


The Institute for Research on the History of Children’s Literature held three Reading Aloud workshops for Department of Psychology & Social Work of Mahak Hospital. Department of Psychology participated in two workshops held by institution experts to improve the psychological situation of hospitalized children by reading books. The first workshop was held in this department on 4 July 2013. The topics included in this workshop were: disease, hope and effort in children’s books, choosing appropriate books, knowing children’s literature and Reading Aloud techniques. The second workshop was held among child patients on 19 August 2013. The purpose of this workshop was Reading Aloud for child audiences. In this workshop trainers worked directly with sick children to let Mahak teachers experience Reading books with these children.

The third workshop was held on 15 September 2013. This workshop was attended by head of the Social Work Group of Mahak Hospital and Book Teralee Group (Distribution of books in different parts) and a group of volunteers who were ready for Book Reading with children. Read with Me project was introduced in this workshop and trainers discussed about a successful Reading Aloud session and Reading Aloud techniques.

This project was held only for Preschool and Elementary School children in 2014. IRHCL held two other workshops for Mahak Hospital. The first was held for Hospital psychologists on 10 January 2014. “Story Elements” and methods of reading were introduced in this workshop. The second workshop was held in Social Work section of Mahak for the volunteers who work in Book Tralee Group or the ones who read with children. In this workshop, experts discussed about the importance of books and reading, holding a successful Reading Aloud session, Reading Aloud techniques, motivation and the importance of this work.

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