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Suraiya Atuar Medical Center
Chondipur Village, Bangladesh

September 1, 2017

Dear Friends, 

We are deep into plans for our Annual Bengali Gala 2017 Fall Fundraising Dinner which will be co-sponsored this year by Seattle First Baptist Church and will be held in their fellowship hall at 1111 Harvard Avenue in Seattle (First Hill area) on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 6:00-9:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets. Buy Tickets Here.

We are excited that we will be able to accommodate 175 people this year, and have arranged for authentic South Asian food catered by Shalimar Restaurant in the U. District. If you haven’t eaten there you must give it a try! Their South Asian cuisine is delicious! Shalimar Restaurant.

With your generous support in 2016, we were able to expand clinic hours to 4 days a week, hire a full-time doctor and purchase land adjacent to the clinic which is the site of our future nursing school. But demand for medical services just keeps growing! So, this year we aim to raise $50,000, which will enable us to expand clinic hours even further, hire another doctor, and break ground on a driveway to provide vehicle access from the main road. SAMC Clinic.

Aysu Rahman and Susan Kingston traveled to Chondipur in April of this year and will be providing us with an update on the progress of the clinic at our Gala dinner in November. Susan was moved to tears when she saw so many women and children lined up for service, and others sitting in a sparkling-clean waiting room, in a spirit of hope, joy, and love! Facebook Page.

We hope you can join our efforts to support this important project in the home-villages of Aysu, Kamal, Naz, and Jamal Rahman!

In Friendship and Fellowship,
Sally Jo Gilbert de Vargas
Buy tickets here.

Download the FLYER for the BENGALI GALA 2017 here.

Suraiya Ataur Medical Clinic in Chondipur Village, Bangladesh

Our Vision: We envision a future where all rural villagers, especially women, children and families in and around Chondipur, Bangladesh have access to high quality health care by licensed physicians at low cost. We also envision a continuing education program which allows women to enter the nursing profession through professional training at a nursing school adjacent to the SAMC clinic. This nursing school will be connected virtually to other medical centers in Bangladesh and Seattle.

Our Mission: The SAMC clinic offers low-cost, high-quality general health care and education on health-related issues to women, children, and families in and around the villages of Chondipur, Bangladesh.


Dear Friends,

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to each and every one who came to celebrate at our Bengali Gala on December 3, 2016. It was such a beautiful and inspiring event! Jamal and his family presented a wonderful slide-show/video presentation with background on the past, present, and future vision for the Suraiya Ataur Medical Clinic in Chondipur, Bangladesh. What a delight to see the new mango-green clinic building open for business and improving the lives of so many women and children! Click this link to see a video of their complete presentation. Jamal also conducted a special Islamic blessing ceremony (milad) to honor the opening of the new clinic building in September of this year. Thanks to your generous support and under the expert guidance of Kamal Rahman, the new clinic building construction is complete, and the clinic is now open 5 full days a week, with Dr. Nadira and her medical assistant serving patients from several nearby villages! (See photos below!)

We are delighted to report that we have raised close to $10,000 this month, but we need more than this to keep the clinic open all year and expand our medical services. There are several ways you can contribute to this important project: (Note: The attached document will give you an idea of exactly where your money will go)
· Send a check to ICS (at the address below)
· Make a donation to the clinic through this link to the ICS website ( using “Donate” button in top right hand corner of home page. (Under “note to seller) please designate “Clinic”
· Many friends have set up monthly donations ( using PayPal (same Donate button)

· You can also arrange to have a monthly check sent to us through your bank, at no charge, to:
Interfaith Community Sanctuary
1763 NW 62nd Street
Seattle, WA 98107
Please specify “medical clinic” on your donation, and funds will be applied accordingly.

Please visit our Facebook Page for more information, videos, photos, and updates.

Thank you again for helping us to maintain and grow this vitally important work for women and children in Bangladesh.

Blessings and In Friendship,
Sally Jo, Jamal, Kamal and Aysu

Download  "What Does Your Donation Provide?" word document

Clinic under construction one year ago (2015)

New SAMC Clinic building which opened on September 1, 2016!

 View clinic and village photos on our Facebook page.


The Suraiya Ataur Medical Clinic in Chondipur Village opened January 2014. Follow this link to read details about the clinic: SAMC First Quarter Report. Follow this link to make a donation: SAMC Donation Form.  


Thank you to all who have attended our Bengali Fun-raisers all these years and who support the beautiful people of Chondipur by helping them to have easy access to medical care. Read Sally Jo's appeal letter HERE with many important details about Bangladesh and the SAMC!


images below: 

Kamal Rahman distributed blankets to the people of the Bengali Village of Chondipur --- view the lovely photos from winter 2010.

The Bengali Village of Chondipur is the ancestral village of Kamal, Aysu, and Jamal Rahman.

Their grandparents, Maulana Hedayatullah and his wife, Begum, revered spiritual teachers and healers, established a school for women and a boy's orphanage in the village many years ago.

Kamal Rahman at the village school distributing blankets to the people of the Village of Chondipur, Bangladesh.

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The beautiful people of Chondipur Village, Bangladesh!

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The free Medical Clinic under construction (January 2010).

In '94, Karen Lindquist and Jamal Rahman began interfaith home worship gatherings called "Circle of Love." One of the charitable activities of this congregation was an annual fundraising dinner in support of the village school for women and boy's orphanage. Soon a Trust of Maulana Hedayatullah was established by Kamal within Bangladesh to receive donations.

In August 2009 Kamal Rahman and Aysu Rahman were special guests of Rev. Karen Lindquist for a Sunday morning worship service at Interfaith Community Sanctuary where they shared about the village of Chondipur. We were delighted and excited by Aysu's vision -- and the Rahman family’s longtime dream -- of establishing a free medical clinic within the village.

As a medical doctor, Aysu's understanding of what is needed within the village, her medical expertise and network of professional colleagues willing to help is making this dream a reality!

Kamal, currently living in Dhaka Bangladesh, is beginning construction on a building that will serve as housing for visitors and an additional building that will hold the medical clinic.

We hope you will join us in supporting the beautiful people of Chondipur Village Bangladesh by helping us continue to provide educational opportunities within the village and by helping us to meet the medical needs of families, including family health education. We also plan to create opportunity for more advanced medical training of select villagers. 

If you would like to make a donation to the Bengali Village of Chondipur, please send your donation to:

Friends of Chondipur Village
Interfaith Community Sanctuary
1763 NW 62nd Street
Seattle, WA 98107

Thank You to "Friends of Chondipur Village" who have recently gifted to the Trust of Mevlana Hedayatullah through Interfaith Community Sanctuary: 

Todd Carter Koeppen shared his "Gospel of John -- a musical journey" and gifted all donations received that evening to the village. Thank You Todd!

Stone Lily

Puget Sound Unity Zikr ~ a local public gathering of Sufi tariqats (schools) to eat together, share news, pray, practice, and contribute to a charity. Open to all regardless of spiritual affiliation.  Participating tariqats: RIFAI-MARUFI ORDER; SUFI ORDER INTERNAT’L; SUFI RUHANIAT INTERNAT’L; HALVETI-JERRAHI ORDER; MEVLEVI ORDER of AMERICA. 

Ballard Odd Fellows Hall ~ 1706 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA 98107.