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!
HANOI -- On Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 3:00 ICT, Bui Le Ngoc Quyen (middle), Vice-President of Hanoi Operations, and Bianca Pham (right), DURI.AN Advisor, met with Don Tuan Phuong (left), Director of CSDS, to discuss the provision of nutritious meals to young children in rural Vietnam for the 2018-2019 school year. They discussed funding the project for 62 Pre-K students in two villages in Vietnam. We aim to officially begin project operations in November 2018.