Who We Are
Kamran and Kara Farid established the Kamran Farid Foundation in 2014. Strongly rooted in the values instilled in them by their families, both developed a deep commitment to giving back from an early age.
Now a family of their own, Kamran and Kara want to instill the same values and dedication to giving back to their four children – Salma, Zairah, Azra, and Aydin. Grounded by the experiences of their own parents, and motivated to bring about social change through their foundation, Kamran and Kara are raising their children in a space committed to service, compassion, and positive impact.
In search of a better future for their 6 children, Kamran's family immigrated from Pakistan to the United States when he was three years old, eventually settling in West Haven, CT. His father worked three jobs to make ends meet. His mother stayed home to take care of their six children. While struggling to make ends meet, his mother always set aside money and time to give back to those of the community less fortunate than them. Compassion was at the core of her being, a trait she deeply instilled in Kamran and his siblings.
His parents' strength and compassion were amplified when Kamran reached Kindergarten – when he was diagnosed with Leukemia. His mother began walking 3 miles with him to the bus stop, to bring him to Yale Cancer Center – often carrying him on the way home because of the weakness he felt from treatment. Throughout this time, his mother remained a pillar of stability, nurture, and hope – providing unconditional support and assuring him he would be okay.
Kamran and his siblings quickly modeled their father's work ethic and integrity, developing the same commitment to hard work and fostering an entrepreneurial spirit. Kamran and his siblings began working at a young age, from delivering newspapers to shoveling driveways. This entrepreneurial spirit eventually changed their lives drastically – Kamran, Tariq, and their brothers became the creators of Edible Arrangements – growing from a small shop in West Haven to a well-known international franchise.
Throughout Kamran's business ventures and in his success, he has not lost what was taught to him by his parents. Honoring the hard work, dedication, humility, and integrity with which his parents have moved through life remains a driving force in Kamran's life today.
Kara was born and raised in East Haven, Connecticut with her sister and brother. Her father worked long hours as a carpenter to provide for their family and her mother was devoted to her three children, taking a very active role throughout their lives. Now a mother of four, Kara is equally involved in the lives her of own children.
Kara is very passionate about working with children and has sought many was to engage children in activities that help them explore, grow, and have fun. With a degree from Southern Connecticut State University in Studio Art, Kara has been able to combine her love for working with children with her second passion of art. She worked as an art teacher at SKF Academy, a local Islamic elementary school – engaging the entire school in a wide variety of art projects, helping to ensure all students had access to activities and field trips, regardless of income. She continues to volunteer at her daughters’ school to do art projects with their classrooms throughout the year. She also used her love for art to inform the direction of the logo – using a pendant that belonged to Kamran's mother, she created the early sketches that were used as a guide for the one you see today!
Through the foundation, Kara wants to provide opportunities to children and families on a larger scale. Through the foundations work, she wants to engage her own children in the importance of helping others – always making sure they understand that there are those in the world, just like them, that do not have the same opportunities – and making sure they know they can make a difference in the world.
Anna joined the team in August 2017 as Foundation Director. Anna received a Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University in 2016, with a concentration in International Social Welfare and Services to Immigrants and Refugees. In 2014, she graduated from University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Human Development and Family Studies.
With a passion for working with international communities, she has worked extensively in the Dominican Republic, working alongside local advisory committees and youth groups in a wide variety of community development projects. In 2013, she cofounded Project Corazon, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to youth empowerment and community organizing within the village of Pueblo Nuevo. Through her work in the DR, by way of assessment, relationship building, community organizing, and leadership development, she has worked closely with local leaders to empower community members to have an active role in the betterment of their community.
As a bilingual social worker in NYC, she worked with children involved in the Child Welfare System and with families from a wide variety of backgrounds, providing social emotional support and helping families navigate multiple barriers to access to education. Anna deeply believes in the lifelong learning of the many cultural, socioeconomic, political, and other contexts in which individuals and communities live and grow.