13/1 Chehova Str
The Ali Somon Cultural and Intellectual Foundation was founded in Dushanbe in 1994. The name derives from the period of Somoni rule remembered as a golden era of high culture, rule of law, and scientific accomplishment by Persian-speaking people. According to its literature, the foundation "attempts to build a bridge between yesterday's epoch and today's life in order to regenerate the ancient culture, to help strengthen the liberty and independence of the Tajik people, and found a civilized society."
To accomplish this goal, the foundation offers scholarships to aspiring students in foreign languages, business, law, politics and medicine. It plans to open a Free University with departments in each of these fields.
Last updated: November 1998
A print version of much of the information contained in this Central Asian Third Sector Organizations section can be found in Civil Society in Central Asia (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999).