Schools in Iran

How It Began

As he began to establish himself on the West Coast, Djavad discussed with friends and family the best way to help Tehran rebuild. In 1992, his brother-in-law, Ali, proposed a dormitory for physically challenged children in Kahrizak, pointing out that many parents could not provide the full-time care their children so desperately needed, nor could they afford to send their children to existing facilities.

A Mother’s Legacy

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My mother was one who always stood up for needy people. She had a profound impact on my way of thinking and feeling and I knew that this is a project she would love ~ Djavad Mowafaghian

The Inspiration

Djavad Mowafaghian draws inspiration from his mother’s legacy whose continual gestures of kindness to friends and strangers made a lasting impact on him.

The Best of Two Worlds

Djavad’s nephew, Masoud Eshghi, an architect and consulting engineer, oversaw the construction design. They hired local builders, creating much-needed employment. The project incorporated local aesthetics with Western innovation and design.

Pleasing Environment

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The project was built not only to meet the needs of the students, but also to be beautiful in shape, colour and texture. My uncle, Djavad, was very clear. Just because this dormitory was surrounded by a slum, it did not mean the children living there deserved something less ~ Masoud Eshghi

No Sharp Edges

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I once got a phone call in the middle of the night to discuss the importance of investing in comfortable beds, instead of ones with metal frames. I was advised that there should be no sharp edges, as the children who would live there were blind and needed to feel their way around. ~ Djavad Mowafaghian