Founded in 1999, Mona Foundation supports grassroots initiatives around the world that educate all children, empower women and girls, and enable them to transform their own communities.
We support schools and programs that serve economically disadvantaged communities. These initiatives focus on academic excellence, fine arts, character development, and service to train capable, ethical, and altruistic students who contribute to the betterment of their families, communities, and ultimately their nation.
While some progress has been made over the past several decades, poverty still impacts 80% of our world population. “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world,” and one of the most critical investments we can make. Education is the key to reducing poverty, eliminating gender inequality, and creating a sustainable planet.
Live on less than $1.90/day
Live on less than $10/day
of the world’s 7 Billion people cannot read or write
It is a proven fact that education is one of the most powerful instruments for reducing poverty and inequality and lays a foundation for sustained economic growth. (World Bank, 2013)
$1 invested in education equals $10 in economic growth
Educating 1 woman positively impacts 100 lives
CREATE HOPE all year long. Educate one child at Badi School in Panama. Change a life.
We work with local organizations who know best how to meet the needs of their communities to provide access to education by building classrooms or scholarships to thousands of students.
We believe women empowerment has multiplier effects and benefits all. When women are empowered and earn an income, they spend 90% of it on their family and directly impact the economic growth of their communities.
We emphasize and support teacher training, particularly focused on empowerment of women and girls to ensure quality of learning and commitment to service.
Mona’s view of social change is guided by a set of core principles: 1) that change is sustainable when the local community is the principal actor in defining, analyzing and solving its own problems; 2) that change is a process, not an event, and requires long-term commitment; and 3) that change requires building capacity at the grassroots.