On September 18, 2018, the Virginia State Corporation Commission issued us our official Certificate of Incorporation. Just like that, DURI.AN, Corporation, was born.
DURI.AN is a nonprofit organization that was started by Ryan Mai and Madeleine Mai. Our name was inspired by the fruit, durian. We separated DURI and AN – DURI is meant to represent the word durable while ĂN is meant to represent the Vietnamese word eat. Thus, our tagline: Durable Eats!
Our mission is to bring food and water to children and families in rural Vietnam while also empowering the younger generation. We started the Ambassadorship Program to recruit youths who are interested in changing the world for the better. This selective program allows teens to develop key skills including leadership, organization, collaboration, and many more. We want to show the younger generation that they have the power to change a life, and whether it is one life or many lives, their actions matter.
We currently have three projects in Vietnam that we are ready to execute: our school lunch program which will provide in-school meals to preschool kids, our water filtration project which will bring clean water to schools, and our water well project which will supply water to families in rural Vietnam. Our partners in Vietnam are ready to begin the projects once they receive funding.
Our Ambassadors are excited and eager to get out, fundraise, and share the goals of DURI.AN with the world. We currently have six Ambassadors, but we are looking to recruit more passionate youths who are looking to make a difference. Our goal is to have 100 Ambassadors by mid-2019. If you or your family know any teens who would be interested in becoming an Ambassador, we ask you to point them towards our cause because we would love to have more impassioned youths on our team.
In the spirit of giving, we are asking friends and family to please pass along this message and donate. 100% of donations go towards our projects in Vietnam. Please make a check out to DURI.AN and mail it to P.O. Box 143, Oakton, VA 22124. Donation options online will be available in the near future.
Every donation undoubtedly makes a difference. We need your help.
P.O. Box 143, Oakton, VA 22124