May 17th 1979
April 26th 2007
In addition to the blossoming love from adoring family and friends all around, Nai’s passing has provided opportunities for many enhancements to our world. Under the coordination of LifeLink of Georgia, her organ donations to two recipients (one received her liver and one kidney, the other received her pancreas and the other kidney), have brought hope and better health to two deserving individuals and their beautiful families.
Nai expressed her desire to be an organ donor as soon as she received her first driver’s license. You may wish to consider this wonderful expression of selflessness. You can contact LifeLink of Georgia at http://www.lifelinkfound.org. The recipient of Nai's pancreas and one kidney is Maureen Templeton-Adams. She had been a Type 1 diabetic since the age of 11, and suffered greatly due to her diabetes. Contributions in her honor to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will assuredly bring joy to Nai's spirit. Please visit https://jdrf.org/
Because of Naiyareh’s dedication to justice throughout her life, and her indomitable spirit as a vibrant young woman, one of the charities designated to receive memorial donations in her honor is the Tahirih Justice Center in Virginia. This center is dedicated to enable women and girls who face gender-based violence to access justice. We can just hear Nai cheering them on!
Please visit http://www.tahirih.org/ for more information.
Several thousands of dollars have been donated in Nai’s name. Nai, to quote a dear friend of hers and mentor, was “gracious, lovely, and enthusiastic about life and her future…she was thrilled about her career choice…” What better way to recognize her fervor for the law than to establish a scholarship in her name where she attended law school?
The Georgia State University Student Trial Lawyers’ Association is the trustee for this scholarship. According to the Dean of the Law School, Steven Kaminshine, "The recipients of the Nai Award will be recognized for their perseverance, tremendous efforts and involvement in the area of litigation studies as well as their willingness to encourage and help others, as Nai exemplified as a law student and as a person. They have a website at http://law.gsu.edu, and donations may be made in Naiyareh’s name in the scholarship block at https://law.gsu.edu/student-experience/co-curriculars-student-organizations/student-trial-lawyers-association/.
Recently a project has been started in Nai’s memory through the Mona Foundation. There is a need for another dormitory at the Ruaha School in Iringa, Tanzania, and it is being funded in Naiyareh’s name. Please visit http://www.monafoundation.org/ for more information. The Mona Foundation is dedicated to supporting grassroots educational initiatives and raising the status of women and girls in the United States and abroad.
After the Ruaha project is fully funded, we expect to expand to other needs supported through the Mona Foundation. Baha’is may consider helping with the Edgewood Baha’i Center restoration project in Atlanta, Georgia. When completed, the rear courtyard is expected to be named “Naiyareh’s Garden” in honor of donations made in her name and Naiyareh’s dedication to the Baha’i Faith.