August 2015- “Golestan Spreads it’s Wings” Event

On august 22, Golestan Education held an event celebrating the work of the Golestan’s Colab. It was a lovely evening with live music, a fun auction, delicious foods and Golestan’s wonderful friends and community.



Maz Jobrani was the event MC and made the evening extra special and fun!!!



May 2015- IAAB Persian Language Educator’s Symposium

This year Golestan had the honor to  host the second IAAB Persian Language Educators’ Symposium. Over fifty educators from around the country (and one from Canada) gathered to collaborate and share best practices.


The ED of Golestan /Colab, Yalda Modabber held two workshop; one workshop shared best practices for teacher training and another workshop focused on hands-on methods for teaching language. Below is a photo of the second workshop:


We ended our day with a garden party hosted by Golestan Colab and IAAB :


Yalda and Colab members:( from left to right)  Bahar Kids (Irvine), Ferdows Kids ( Toronto) , Boostan Kids ( San Mateo)


January 2015- Updated  Photos from Nepal!



The new dining room and the children playing with the Legos provided by the Golestan community!

November 2014- Colab team in Nepal

Here are some photos of our team in Nepal, where we are helping another NGO, Sunsar Maya, set up an after school program using our model for orphaned children. Check back soon for updates!

1512516_10152814552259467_114329247120991646_nDay 1 of our trip: We flew from San Francisco to New York to Abu Dhabi to Kathmandu, about 36 hours with layovers and all!!

1891163_10152818383464467_7148034671557483413_nThis is a view from the outside of the orphanage the children live in. It has just the bare necessities and the children’s living environment is anything but home like.





524106_10152818388149467_4347303451475500292_n-1 After coming “home” from school the children spend all their time in this room. As you can see there is nothing here for the children to play with or read; No engaging activities, no constructive mental or physical stimulation, sadly only a TV.


1529778_10152820391269467_5048067533036806117_oDay 1 of Training