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Second Bam report: Ongoing projects

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran


During my recent lightning trip to Bam, I was able to check on the progress of several projects.  I was on the planning committee of the Women’s NGOs and CSOs Coordinating Committee for the Restoration of Bam which originally represented more than 44 NGOs and is building a Cultural Center for Women in Bam.



I visited that site after coordinating with its architect, Mr. Rashid Khomarlou whom I had met previously during my tenure on the planning committee, and also my friend Khadijeh Moghadam (who heads an NGO related to empowering women in Iran and environmental issues) in Tehran.  She is on the construction committee along with Encie Mostashai (from Yari NGO), Zari Hassibi who is very active in several NGOs including Mehr, and Behdoukhate Roushdih (head of the Roushdih Foundation).  She was one of the three ladies who initiated this project in the first place and persuaded Mrs. Ebbadi to open an account for this purposes which has now been completely turned over to the construction committee.  The committee will have to raise more funds in order to finish this project: This project is next to the Azad University building.




I saw the finished building built by SAF (Science and Art Foundation) which we hope will be in use soon.  I also visited one of the three works under construction by the Mother and Child Foundation under the supervision of Mrs. Ahmadie-Zadeh and her group of donors.  The project here involves three sets of 28 units for single mothers with their children. I also saw the impressive and almost finished Bam library, the Ministry of Justice, Azad University, Payam Nour University buildings and several schools.



One project gets my star mark in Bam among all the works done there since the earthquake.  No one can miss it, not only because it is very large and it is in the city center, but because of the good and impressive work which went on even on a Friday afternoon.  This project is the 6000 seat stadium, which will hopefully bring back a sense of local community.  The idea came from the Iranian Football Federation.


Women Cultural Center designed by Rashid Khomarlou
for Women NGOs and CSOs Coordinating Committee for
the Restoration of Bam


The funding, to the best of my knowledge and what I could find out, came from two friendly football games between the Iran and German national teams in October 2004 as well as donations from the game between Bayern Munich and Persepolis football team in Tehran last year.   I think this will do most good for the people’s wellbeing as well as their sense of common citizenship of one the most important historical places in Iran.




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