Masoud Ebrahim Variani was born in Karaj, a city on the outskirts of Teheran, on March 25th 1951. The oldest of four brothers and sisters, his life would be defined at a rather young age, when he lost his mother at the tender age of six. Having to help out in the household and assume a greater role in his siblings upbringing, created a higher sense of giving, an attribute he later came to personify.
The war between Iran and Iraq, along with inner turmoil in the country made for an unsustainable situation, and so the family decided to emigrate. After a not so straight path, mr Ebrahim Variani and his family ended up in Uppsala, Sweden, a city in close proximity to the capital Stockholm.
After many years of doing social work, Together with like minded friends, he created a non-political, non-profit organization that would be called Yari. An organization focused on funding the educations of children in poverty stricken areas.
“If we can help ONE child get off the streets and in behind a school desk, we’ve won!” was one of his mantras. A mantra that still echoes loud within our organization.
The legacy of mr Masoud Ebrahim Variani is one of service and giving. For giving is the greatest service you can do unto yourself. A legacy we have vowed to keep alive as we continue our mission.