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Nowruz is nearly here! Please join in Child Foundation’s celebrations in two ways this year. 

First, make a lasting difference for a child with a special Nowruz gift (or eidi). We are delivering gifts to students celebrating Nowruz in Afghanistan, Iran, and Tajikistan.

Second, we have a way for you to bring students into your family’s celebration. This may be your first, second, or 57th Nowruz. Whichever it is, we encourage you to include a new seen item to your traditional Nowruz haft seen: Students.


You can print our #SeenisforStudent card if you did not receive one in the mail – and brighten it up by coloring and placing it on your beautiful haft seen.

Share the Nowruz joy with friends and family, and symbolically with students striving for a better future through education. And don’t forget to post a photo of your haft seen with our students using #SeenisforStudent or send it to Child Foundation’s  Instagram, Twitter, or  Facebook for us to share.


What is Nowruz?

Commonly referred to as the Persian New Year, Nowruz has been celebrated on the first day of spring for more than 3,000 years. The majority of our 9,000 sponsored children mark the holiday with their communities’ traditions in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan as one of the most important holidays of the year.

Just like Christmas has a Christmas tree, Nowruz has a haft seen, a table decorated with many symbolic items that help usher in only good things in the coming year. At least seven of the items on the table must begin (in Persian) with the letter “seen” which is like “s” in English. Learn more here. This year we are adding Students!


What will your gift give? 


In  Afghanistan, Nowruz means a new school year is starting. This school year, in the middle of a humanitarian crisis, 800 Afghan students need food. 


  • $60 means a large food package for one family 

  • $300 provides one week’s worth of bread for 100 families


In  Iran, 8,000+ students need the tools for success.


  • $1,000 buys a laptop for a high school or college student 

  • $140 gives a tablet for a younger student

  • $280 covers college entrance exam prep materials & classes

  • $50 translates to a backpack full of school supplies


In Tajikistan, dozens of students are studying hard for a better life.

  • $50 purchases new clothes for a student to look sharp and not be stigmatized due to poverty.