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2/20/06 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
About Doostan:
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.
Mission statement:
  • 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 underway.
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 abolished.
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 week.
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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