Greetings!

Greetings!

My colleagues are preparing thousands of progress reports to be emailed to you in the next few weeks. This is the result of thousands of hours of work by local social workers and staff in more than 30 offices in different parts of Iran, including in Tehran and Portland. All of our sponsors will see the results of their generosity in the form of a four-page progress report, which includes students' official school report card, a new photo, and a letter from the student and a report from our social worker.

If you want to send your child a letter or gift in time for the beginning of Spring, please send this to our office as soon as possible so we can make sure it arrives on time. This year, we have decided to put all Eidi (New Year gifts) into one large pool and share it with every child we support by purchasing them a new pair of shoes and Eidi gifts. This way, no one child will be left out and through your support, many children will be rewarded for the start of the New Year. You can send your eidi  here . And for those active on social media, we have easy instructions on our website to start a Facebook fundraiser on your personal page.

On a final note, we are also sending our Senior Advisor of Outreach and Development, Masoud, and Sahar, our Public Relation Manager to Silicon Valley for a number of presentations next week - read more about his trip below.

As always, please visit our website to see the list of children waiting to be sponsored. Given the current currency values, you can now fully sponsor a child with only one dollar a day by clicking  here .

Kamyar Lashgari
President & CEO
Nowruz Gifts for 5,000 Children!
This year, Child Foundation is raising funds to provide 5,000 children with a new pair of shoes and other gift items in time for the New Year. We are asking you to join us in making thousands of children in need feel happy this Nowruz.

For $100, 10 children will receive a new pair of shoes and eidi, for $250, 25 children will receive a new pair of shoes and eidi, and for $1,000, 100 children will be treated to a new pair of shoes and eidi for the New Year! Please donate generously  here  so together, we can bring a smile to the faces of as many children as we can.

You can also start a Facebook fundraiser and ask your friends and family to join in with sharing their blessings with children in need. It takes only a few minutes to set one up , and facebook will both collect the donations and issue the receipts. For more information, please visit  here. Sepideh, one of our wonderful volunteers had started a Facebook fundraiser ( Soles for Souls) to give shoes to children in need for Nowruz and so far she had raised over $7,000. Here is its link.
Yasna is a 7-year old student from Zabol, Iran. She is currently in 2nd grade. Yasna’s parents are separated, and her mother has custody of her. Yasna’s mother needs regular medical care that is very costly, and their primary sources of income are through donations and government subsidiary programs. Yasna and her mother live with Yasna’s grandfather.

With your support, Yasna will have the opportunity to remain in school and have the chance to have a better and brighter future.

After reviewing Yasna’s talents, interest, and motivations and taking into consideration the financial needs of the family, Child Foundation has granted a $30 /month scholarship to the student. Join us i n creating a better future for her. Please take action and sponsor Yasna with a minimum of $30 per month.

 To preserve the privacy of the children and their families, Child Foundation will only provide details of each child to their designated sponsor.
Mostafa is a 7-year old student from Mazar Sharif, Afghanistan. He is currently in the 1 st grade.

He is part of an 11-person family. Mostafa’s father was killed in a terrorist attack. After the death of his father, Mostafa’s mother left her three children with their paternal grandparents. Mostafa’s grandfather has a grocery store, but his income is not enough to cover all of their living expenses. Mostafa lives with his aunts and uncles. The family lives in a 2-bedroom house. Since the house does not have plumbing, the family take water from a well.
 
With your support, Mostafa will have the opportunity to remain in school and have the chance to have a better and brighter future.”

After reviewing Mostafa’s talents, interest, and motivations and taking into consideration the financial needs of the family, Child Foundation has granted a $60 /month scholarship to the student. Join us in creating a better future for his. Please take action and sponsor Mostafa with a minimum of $30 per month.

  To preserve the privacy of the children and their families, Child Foundation will only provide details of each child to their designated sponsor.
On the Road Again
Our Senior Advisor for Outreach and Development, Masoud Modarres, is on the road again. After his successful trip across the United States presenting on Child Foundation in 12 cities from Washington state all the way to Maryland, this time he is focusing on the Bay Area and Silicon Valley from Wednesday, February 27 th  to Wednesday March 6 th .

Masoud and his colleague Sahar, Child Foundation's Public Relation Manager will have presentations at Google and Facebook headquarters, in a couple centers such as ICCNC, will meet with students and faculty at Stanford and Berkeley, and will attend a number of home fundraising events, and meet with some prominent Iranian-Americans in the tech industries. 

If you wish to attend any of his presentations or wish to meet them in person to learn about ways to support our children while they are in the area, please drop Masoud an email  here . They will gladly arrange to meet with you and your colleagues for a coffee and short talk.
Nowruz Bazaar
Celebrate Nowruz with Child Foundation on March 17th at the Hilton Hotel Costa Mesa in Orange County as we return with our 18th Annual Nowruz Bazaar

This family-friendly event features performances by Gordafarid , Parisa Daneshvar Children Ensemble, LA Daf Ensemble, a puppet show by Negar Estakhr, tunes by DJ Farjad, and much more! Make sure to bring your children with you to take part in a musical workshop, make crafts at our activity station, and maybe get a treat or two from Amoo Nowruz!

Make sure to share this event with all your contacts in Southern California. And for businesses in the area, we have a limited number of booths available if you wish to take part in the event. To learn more sponsorship, please email us for more information.