Press Release   

New Audio Stories for Children: Women Who Changed the World

1st June 2016

Anis Foundation is proud to announce the release of a new recording entitled ‘Women Who Changed the World.’ The selection of biographical stories of nine culturally and spiritually diverse women spans from early 19th century to modern days, aimed at children 6-12 years old.

None of heroines set out to change the world but believed in what was right and acted on their conviction.  They, powered by their faith, succeeded in changing the society and are the real role models for today’s young generation.  The founder of Anis Foundation, Shawn Khorassani, said: ’We wanted to give the children a clear message as to what makes good role models. It is a very confusing world for them now and it is challenging to navigate through it. Anis Foundation offers  stories of the true examples of our times: women who contributed to the betterment of the world, overcame huge obstacles and succeeded in fulfilling their potential.’

Anis Foundation created the recording in the hope of stimulating debate and discussion on what positive change can each of us bring to the world.  The stories empower the listeners to realise their spiritual potential by reflecting on the meaning of life and translating this into decisive plans of action.

The stories are narrated by Sarah Percival, a key and respected storyteller in the UK and international communities. She said : ’I feel strongly that women’s capacities and qualities are undervalued and I fear that new generations of young women are chasing the mirage of ‘instant celebrity’ and physical perfection that is constantly foisted upon them.’ She trialed the stories at a number of Primary schools to enthusiastic response.

The music for ‘Women Who Changed the World’ was composed by Kelly Snook and each piece reflects the unique voice of each woman featured. All the voices come together at the final musical piece, unifying the heroines in one common melody.

The cd/digital download of ‘Women Who Changed the World’ will serve as a valuable resource to empower children  and young people at home, in communities, churches and groups. It will also be supporting the primary schools’ curriculum in History, Goegraphy, PSHE, Law and Politics and Maths.

Women Who Changed the World features:

  1. Wangari Maathai (1940-2011)

Kenyan environmentalist and political activist

  1. Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)

British founder of modern nursing

  1. Tahirih (1817-1852)

Iranian first woman suffrage martyr

  1. Rosa Parks (1913-2005)

African American civil rights activist

  1. Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981)

American peace activist

  1. Hellen Keller (1880-1968) & Anne Sullivan (1866-1936)

American author, activist and lecturer & American pioneer of techniques to teach the deaf and blind

  1. Malala Yousafzai (1997- )

Pakistani advocate for girls’ education

  1. TAkako (1965- )

Japanese peace activist


The cd/digital download of ‘Woman Who Changed the World’ is available from here:

At £ 15

End of Press Release

Anis Foundation:

The Anis foundation was founded by a brother and sister team, who commission and distribute recordings of moral and spiritual stories for children. Anis means ‘companion’ or ‘friend’. Their audio stories have been sold around the globe from Iceland to Indonesia.

For more information contact Myra Erbenova on 07817 887305 or email her




Press Release   

Bed time stories for Children

22nd January 2010

Any parent will tell you that it’s a tough job coming up with bedtime stories that are captivating and keep youngsters coming back for more. If you add ‘inspirational’ and ‘reflective’ into the mix, then it’s a task which can be truly daunting.


This was the motivation behind the first project of the Anis Foundation – 27 downloadable short stories which are told in a language which children will understand and respond to with enthusiasm. The stories – Adventures of the Master – range from titles such as ‘The Sheep’ and ‘The Bullies’ to ‘The Boat’ and ‘Fred’s Dream’. They are all inspired by the teachings of the Bahá’i faith and are read by a compelling storyteller.


The collection of three CDs (each volume with nine stories) start with the early childhood memories of Abdu’l-Bahá. The short stories were adapted from the stories of the ‘the Master’, as Abdu’l-Bahá is commonly referred to, by children’s author Jackie Mehrabi. Priced at £8 for each volume (up to 30 minutes in each CD), the stories are the answer to every busy parent’s prayers.


Each volume has had the seal of approval from a number of children from the ages of three to nine, who have “test-driven” or “test-read” the stories and given them the “thumbs-up”.


Anis Foundation project manager Tim Neville said: “These stories are suitable for children and parents to listen to together or for youngsters to listen to on their own. The problem of coming up with captivating stories day in, day out is the same for parents the world over – regardless of their cultural background.


“This collection of captivating, inspirational and mystical stories – read by a compelling storyteller – solves that problem for them in one fell swoop and gives the added dimension of being grounded in a spiritual way of living which binds people and cultures together in their quest for a vision of humanity as one global family.”