NOWRUZ APPEAL IRAN HELP SEPIDEH GO TO UNIVERSITY TO BECOME AN ART TEACHER “My name is Sepideh Najafi and I will be graduating from the OMID program right after Nowruz. If OMID can raise the funds for a university scholarship for me, I will be enrolling next Autumn at Shahid Rejaei University in Tehran to study Art and Graphics for four years. My goal is to become an art teacher after I complete my studies. The sun is finally shining on my life. I was married at the age of 17 to a man who was 20 years my senior in a marriage arranged by my father. I was constantly physically and emotionally abused by my husband, who also forced me to discontinue my education. I first sought help from my parents whose only advice was that I should try to please my husband so that he would not continue to beat and abuse me. I filed a complaint with the Social Services Authority but was unable to get any support from them. Out of desperation I ran away and started sleeping rough in the park. I was attacked on the second night sleeping rough. The attackers broke my arm which landed me in the hospital. During my hospital stay I befriended a nurse who referred me to OMID, which changed my life. I moved into the OMID shelter and started the OMID Program in 2015 with the agreement of my parents. Within 6 months OMID’s lawyers also obtained my divorce. I quickly regained my self-confidence at OMID, finished my high school education, and discovered my artistic talents. My ambition is to study fine art and graphic design, so I can go on to become an Art Teacher. First I need to obtain my degree. Will you please help me on my way to realizing my ambitions?” The total cost of the four year course at Shahid Rajaei University – Tehran is 117 million Rial. Do something incredible this Nowruz and make a donation to help send Sepideh to university. Thank you for your generosity. DONATE NOW by making a deposit to: Bank Parsian, Taleghani Branch – Tehran, Branch code: 1020, Account name: Bonyad Khayriye Omid-e-Mehr, Account number: 81000001682009, Sheba number: IR930540102081000001682009, Reference: SEPIDEH – [donor’s name].