Doostan.org: Friendship, Charity and Education
Doostan Social Club is a
UK-based club that was founded in December 2000 as a gathering of Iranian
friends of various backgrounds, professions and interests. The club encourages
its members to socialise, network and assist each other. The club also aims to
promote education in the far reaches of Iran.
Doostan's first school is under construction in Gillan
DOOSTAN is made up of two organisations, Doostan Social Club and Doostan
Limited. Doostan Limited is a non-profit limited company registered in the UK.
The social club was founded in December 2000 as a gathering of
Iranian friends of various backgrounds, professions and interests. The club encourages its members to socialise, network and assist each
other, as well as to promote education in the far reaches of Iran.
Among the numerous items of interest for the group, the main
driver is the Doostan Charity. It was decided that we could make a bigger impact
by building schools in deprived parts of Iran rather than donating money to
needy families or deserving charities.
Doostan tries to be a useful and open forum for discussion of
current issues among responsive and committed members. We aim to promote
understanding and awareness between the diverse interests of our members and
expand our vision by inviting similar thinking individuals.
Our aim is to foster friendship and co-operation amongst
members and where possible, the community at large, whilst promoting the Iranian
community and establishing bridges with our homeland; without affiliating to any
political group or government organisations.
“Doostan Limited” is the club's charity arm, which is
responsible for collecting funds, from donations and funds raised from the
events held by the Social Club. These funds in their entirety will be used in
building schools in remote and under developed parts of Iran.
- To promote friendship and networking amongst members, through
social gatherings and events.
- To provide a base to which members can turn to for help and
assistance in domestic and business affairs.
- To engage in charitable causes mainly in the field of
education in Iran.
- To encourage and advance Iranian art and culture in all its
activities and events
The building of our first school is well
In August 2005, Nasser Bonakdarian, one of our executives
visited Iran and with the help from the Benevolent society of the School
Builders of Iran identified a number of school in Gillan where due to last
year's heavy snow many schools were destroyed or are condemned to be
It was a decision to support a community that was about to
lose its school or to go to areas that had never had a school. Eventually, after
much soul-searching by the members, it was decided to support the former for the
first Doostan School.
Later, in September, Mansour Saraffan as an
official executive of the Doostan Limited went to Iran and helped to start the
work. In his own words...
On Saturday 03/09/2005, I spoke to Mr. Goodarzi at Khayyereene
Madresse saz in Tehran. I visited their offices the same day and had a meeting
with Mr. Goodarzi where we discussed the
details of the plans, locations etc. for our school. I also provided them with a
copy of the receipt for the money already transferred for the school, as they
had not yet received the money. We
arranged to visit the site and start work (Kolangzany), the following
The final decision was to go for a site at Maaklavan (about
7km from Fooman and 23 km from Maasouleh). This was also a derelict school which
is officially registered as "Takhreeby" (or about to collapse - The recent snow
in Gilan has put 368 schools in this position. this has suddenly put Gilan right
at the top of counties needing urgent assistance). The land already belongs to the Ministry of
Education and is already the site of a school. So the new school will be built
in the yard of the current school and once completed, the current building will
be demolished to become the new school yard. As a result, work is expected to be
completed much earlier and without hassle.
On Sunday 11/09/05, we arrived at the new site and went
through all the formalities and officially inaugurated the site. (Kolang ra
zadeem). There were reporters from both Seda va Seema and Shabakeye khabar. I
was interviewed by the TV reporters from both TV stations and I understand it
was broadcasted a few days ago. They were going to send me a copy, which did not
get to me before flying to London.
They said within the next six months, the bulk
of the work should be done, as this site is on a flat piece of land which needs
much less preparation. The school would definitely be in a position to start accepting students
for the next academic year.
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