The Masawat Development Fund (MDF) is an independent not-for-profit organisation, set up by Najaf Mazari.
Najaf left his homeland of Afghanistan in 2001, fleeing the Taliban and his memories of the destruction it had wrought upon his family. After a long journey over land and sea, and a time in the Woomera Immigration Detention Centre, Najaf found himself in Melbourne. After a few difficult years building a life in Australia, he was finally joined by his wife Hakeema and daughter Maria.
Wanting to help the people of his homeland who continue to face enormous ongoing hardship, Najaf and a small group of his Melbourne friends established the Masawat Development Fund Inc in 2008.