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The circle of friends supporting Mona Foundation in Squamish was initiated by an individual donor and now has six people working together to raise awareness and to support the work of Mona.
While in the past several decades we have made progress, poverty still impacts 80% of our world population. World Bank confrims that $1 invested in education and skills equals $10 in economic growth.
Squamish Giving Circle has hosted yard sales, musical coffee houses and family home-cooked meals. These events are geared towards people who have never heard about the Mona Foundation, drawing them to an event they enjoy and combining it with an opportunity to learn about the work of Mona. These small efforts make people curious and often result in participants wanting to become more engaged.
As of 2016 statistics, 767 Million live on less than $1.90/day, 6 Billion people live on less than $10/day, and 18% of world’s 7 Billion people cannot read or write.
Education is the most powerful weapon which 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. “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.
Our approach and framework to development act as a guide and influences the way we think of social action and change. At the heart of this framework lie our beliefs about the nature of human beings.
We support program components that ensure students excel academically and develop their moral capabilities to serve their communities to ensure sustained positve change.
The principles that guide are work are Baha’i inspired and universal in their nature and include:
Oneness of the world of humanity – that each person, regardless of economic status, has the right, the capacity and the responsibility to be the main actors of the process of their own development, and contribute to the betterment of their communities.
Coherence of material and spiritual dimensions of human reality– that development should not only be defined by materials goals, e.g. the building of the infrastructure or academic achievement, rather, and perhaps more importantly, by the degree to which the participants in the process are commmitted to spiritual values such as justice and equality, and have the moral capabilities such as integrity, trustworthiness, etc. needed to serve their own interests and also contribute to the betterment of their communities.
Equality of men and women – that community development can only happen when men and women have and enjoy equal rights and opportunities and equally participate in this process.
Our program components include:
Work with local organizations who know best how to meet the needs of their communities to provide access to education through scholarships and educational supplies. Why build classrooms and provide scholarship? Because 57 million children around the world are out of school — and the majority of these are girls. We also know what every extra year of primary school, a girl’s wages increase on average 10 – 20 percent. Additional classrooms increases the enrollment capacities of the schools we support so more children can attend school. Scholarships enables the children from marginalized families access and receive quality education.
Empower Women and Girls
We believe women empowerment has multiplier effects and benefits for all. When women are empowered and earn income, they spend 90% of it on family and directly impact the economic growth of their communities. Why empower women and girls? Because girls empowerment [rograms teach students how to question established traditions and practices, and ‘social norms (e.g. early childhood marriage, no schooling for girls, etc.,) while also learning to think about the issues independently, give voice to their thoughts and use their own experience and feelings as a valid source of knowledge. 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 the empowerment of women and girls to ensure quality of learning and commitment to service. Why focus on teacher training? Teacher training is essential to quality of teaching and learning if we are to realize the benefits of education. While access to education has improved in the past several years, evidence shows that children from poor families, rural areas, marginalized groups, and girls still face significant barriers to getting a quality education and lack the basic skills they need to earn an income. Trained teachers ensure quality learning.
A Junior Youth Group in Vancouver was inspired to support Mona by fundraising for the Barli Institute in India. They chose baking as their platform for service and raised $700
The first Mona Giving Circle in Canada was formed in April of 2016. Its purpose is to further develop a base of support in Canada for those who believe in and wish to support the mission of Mona Foundation.
to educate rural women in Indial It is said that "Youth Can Move the World." We certainly believe this, and hope that with the example of service set by this group of wonderful youth others will be inspired to do the same.
Interested to help and form your own youth group? Please contact us: Geraldine Guilfoyle, Geraldine@monafoundation.org; or Caroline Khazei, Caroline@monafoundation.org. We can support you with information and promotional materials and help you get set up to start building a better world for everyone, one person at a time.
Mona Foundation assists community-led educational initiatives to provide quality education, especially for girls, and over time to build capacity to address community development at greater and greater levels of complexity. A key to positive community transformation lies in universal education and gender equality. Lives are transformed when students not only strive for excellence in academics, arts, and sciences but also learn and commit to give back and serve their communities so everyone can grow and prosper. This is the singular mission of Mona, which is made possible through its supporters.
Mona Giving Circles offer an opportunity for members to take a more hands-on approach to philanthropy, to learn from each other, and in so doing, multiply the impact of their collective support for a particular project to which they have committed. In consultation with Mona Foundation, Anis Zunuzi School in Haiti was chosen as our first project to support.
In 2018 our fundraising will be directed towards three adopted projects, Anis Zunuzi in Haiti, Barli Institute, in India and Badi School in Panama. Giving Circle participants learn about the project they want to support, follow its progress and the impact their efforts are contributing to. Working together they come up with creative ideas to attract their friends and neighbours.
Interested in initiating your own service project and joining the circle?
The Vancouver Women’s Group was formed by Irene Mansouri in 2011 to bring women together for a social and spiritual gathering on the first Thursday of every month.
The purpose of these monthly meetings is for a group of women to come together to socialize and discuss educational and spiritual topics that may be of interest to the group. Mrs. Fereshte Lotfijo kindly organizes these meetings and prepares both the social and spiritual portions of the program.
Consisting of about 20 members at its start, the group has grown to 30 regular members who also may bring other friends as guests along for the events. Ms. Mansouri first shared Mona Foundation’s work with the group in 2011. The group members were immediately inspired and wanted to help. The women decided they would dedicate a portion of their meeting each week to raising funds and providing scholarships for students at Anís Zunúzi school in Haiti.
Shahin Dehghani serves as the group’s treasurer, which means that each month she brings a gold box to the meeting to pass around for donations while she tells the stories of children at Anís Zunúzi and provides the latest updates on students. To-date, the Vancouver Women’s Group has provided 42 scholarships to students at Anís Zunúzi!
Mrs. Dehghni believes that the group keeps on growing because everyone enjoys being together to socialize and share meals and at the same time focus on helping deserving children with no access to education. The group really enjoys the experience of being together. “We usually finish the meetings at around 2:30 or 3 in the afternoon, but nobody wants to leave. They want to linger and talk,” Mrs. Dehghani says, “We are in awe of the generosity and support from the Vancouver Women’s group, and are proud that the work of Mona Foundation is being recognized and supported by a group which truly demonstrates the values of community, education, and fun altogether.”