About Us

The Marandi Foundation was established in 2017 by Javad and Narmina Marandi. The Foundation supports disadvantaged young people and communities in the UK by providing access to training and educational opportunities, as well as mental health and wellbeing support services. The Foundation also provides significant support to public art institutions and major cultural history initiatives.

The Marandi Foundation currently engages in four key areas:

  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Access to world class education for disadvantaged children
  • Cultural history preservation
  • National and public art institutions

A letter from Javad and Narmina Marandi

Supporting Young
People’s Mental Health

The Marandi Foundation supports The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The Royal Foundation aims to support a broad range of ambitious activities, bringing people, ideas and resources together to understand issues, explore creative solutions to challenges and be a catalyst for long term-impact. Current programmes focus on the early years, mental health, the environment and conservation and supporting the service community. The Marandi Foundation has a particular interest in The Royal Foundation’s work on the early years and tackling the stigma around mental health, particularly for young people.

Arts & Design

The Marandi Foundation is committed to supporting publicly available art in the UK and the conservation of cultural heritage.

The Marandi Foundation wholly funds The Watercolour World, a charity which provides free online access to documentary watercolours painted before 1900. Before the invention of the camera, people used watercolours to document the world. Over the centuries, painters – both professional and amateur – created hundreds of thousands of images recording life as they witnessed it. Every one of these paintings has a story to tell, but many are hidden away in archives, albums and store rooms, too fragile to display. The Watercolour World exists to bring them back into view.