Honor and Remember Your Loved Ones.
Remembering Dr. Parviz Meshinchi
Dr. Parviz Meshinchi was born on June 11, 1930 in Bandar Pahlavi, Iran. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from University of Tehran. He was an officer in the Health Corps working on the eradication of Malaria in Southern Iran. Parviz was a loving, and kind husband, father and grand-father. His strong belief in the Baha’i Faith directed all aspects of his life. Parviz was a member of the local Spiritual Assembly of Tabriz for many years. He was one of the few members who survived the targeted execution of the Baha’is of Iran in the 1980’s.
Dr. Meshinchi’s strong belief in Universal and higher education benefitted all in his circle. He was a life coach to so many youth in Iran and the United States; always encouraging the youth to concentrate their efforts on learning in order to reach their life goals. The marvelous efforts of Mona Foundation are in line with Dr. Meshinchi’s values of higher education and empowerment of women.
Honoring Dr. Ali Tavangar
Dr. Ali Tavangar was born in Najafabad, a small town in Iran in 1915. His love of learning propelled him to pursue his education wherever possible, culminating in a doctorate degree in literature from the University of Tehran. Before pursuing his graduate studies, he was employed as a teacher in public schools, but was dismissed because of his religious beliefs as a Baha’i. Later in life, he was a professor at Jondishapour University in Southern Iran.
Having personally experienced the value of education, Dr. Tavangar dedicated his entire life to teaching children and young adults. Dr. Tavangar was also a poet and an author of several books and numerous scholarly articles. Above all, he is remembered by his family and friends as a wise, kind, humble, and gentle soul, with a deep commitment to social justice and the principle of oneness of humanity. Funds raised in His memory will be allocated to an Endowment fund in his name to support the education of children in perpetuity.
Dr. Manucher Majzub Memorial Fund
Dr. Manucher Majzub was an architect, scholar, and loving husband, father, and grandfather. Service to the wider community in which he lived lay at the centre of his daily thoughts and actions. After obtaining his doctorate in architecture and city planning in Italy, Dr. Majzub returned to his native Iran and found the “Association of Baha’i University Graduates”. In his adopted country of Canada, he offered popular lectures and courses on religion and civilization, and volunteered for over 30 years in numerous community and service organizations.
As a tribute to his love of learning and knowledge, the Dr. Manucher Majzub Memorial Fund is created. Funds raised will be directed toward the Zunizi School in Haiti, which offers quality K-12 education to 329 students, bringing to its students hope in the midst of chaos.
Adib Bam Scholarship Fund - Turning Grief into Hope
Adib Bam was just 7 years old when he died on Nov. 23, 2005, when an electrical fire ripped through his house. A year later, his family, wounds still fresh from the loss of their beloved son, set up the Adib Bam Scholarship Fund with Mona Foundation to educate needy children around the world in his memory. His father Hamid declared, “we want to see Adib’s smile on other kids’ faces.”
To-date, the Adib Bam scholarship has supported the education of hundreds of children in Cambodia, Tanzania and Brazil.
Victory Fund - To Honor the Memory of Parents Who Educated Hundreds
Mahmoud Afsharian had for many decades contributed to the establishment of educational facilities around the world. Sometimes it was to establish a school in a small village and sometimes to assist with the ongoing work of larger, more established schools. To honor his memory and his efforts, and in recognition of his deep love for his wife, Victoria, the family created the “Victory Endowment Fund” in their names with Mona Foundation. The interests realized from this fund will in perpetuity support the education of students around the world.
Celebrating Charles Grimes
Charles Grimes – who passed away in 2017 at age 66 after a brief illness – infused a joyful artistic sensibility into the myriad facets of a life richly lived. His paintings, often of flowers, were a riot of color that drew the viewer in to an ebullient, playful world. That world found a living expression in his gardens, where plants and flowers struck a harmonious balance with their surroundings. Charles was a lifelong student of the art and life of Pablo Picasso. His book on Picasso is one of three volumes he published.
Born in Omak, Washington, Charles was the son of homesteaders and a third generation Washingtonian. He and his wife Melanie owned and operated the first Birkenstock store in the US. Later, he went into real estate, all the while creating his whimsical paintings. Charles Grimes Memorial Fund will benefit the education of needy children globally.
Naiyareh Karimimanesh Endowment - Transmuting Grief to Joy of Remembrance
Naiyareh (Nai) Karimimanesh was born on May 17, 1979 in San Francisco, California, and passed on following a car accident on her way to her law office in Atlanta, Georgia on April 26, 2007. Nai was a devoted, compassionate, and generous friend to all and is remembered as an exceptional individual with a great passion for justice and service.
Grief-stricken, and yet determined to continue the good work of their daughter, Nai’s parents immediately established the Naiyareh Karimimanesh Fund with Mona Foundation in her memory. Several classrooms and one large community hall has already been built in Haiti in Nai’s honor. The Naiyareh Karimimanesh Endowment Fund will honor Nai’s memory in perpetuity.
Shams Rouhani Endowment - Remembering a Passionate Educator
Shams Al Dhuha Rouhani was a midwife, and an educator. She was passionate about education and worked tirelessly on her own education and that of her siblings and her own children. As a midwife she served not only the deprived women of her hometown in late 1940’s but after suffering much religious persecution, she left for Dubai, and was embraced, respected and loved by the people in her new community.
As a tribute to her lifelong love for education and care for others, and remembering her grace, inspiration, compassion, and calm competence the Shams Al Dhuha Rouhani Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund is created. Income from this endowment will benefit the children of ADCAM in Brazil, and marginalized young rural women at Barli Institute in India.
An Endowment for the Girls of the World
There was an oft quoted poem in my childhood of the 1950s: ““What are little boys made of? Snips and snails and puppy-dogs’ tails. What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and everything nice.” According to Wikipedia, the poem dates back to 1820, to English poet Robert Southey (1774–1843). It still resonated in the 1950s.
I hated this poem. “Nice” meant “be quiet and don’t complain”, and be “ladylike”, cute, happy”. Later I was told a good education meant smart conversations with a good husband. Nothing in this expectation was about discovering myself or how I might have my own value.
In that time, a not unheard of sentiment from a parent of a girl was “You were born a mistake”. That’s how I felt. My younger brother could do no wrong, while I could do no right. Thankfully, I slid into the first wave of Women’s Liberation and pursued more than one male-dominated profession. Within that, I still had to discover how I was specially gifted as a woman in this man’s world, not deficient in some way, but gifted differently. That process yet unfolds.
As women, we are the bearers of life and nurturance and all we choose to pursue is influenced by this in one way or another. We need to honor that in ourselves, whether or not we become mothers.
This endowment is created for the girls (and a few boys), who are hereby given the opportunity to develop self-respect, empowerment and cooperation through the development of their unique talents and gifts as girls and women.
I support the trailblazers of today and of generations to come, as they will be the ones to bring creative balance and peace back to this world, not in subordinatio ton or competition with their men, but in balance and cooperation. No matter what circumstances girls and women find themselves in, their empowerment as women is key to the change that we need in the world at large. May this endowment help to bring about vitality and peace to the world through the good work of Mona Foundation.
Marnie Jones-Koenig, Industrial designer, Spiritual Guide, Healer, recording Artist, Wife, mother