Board of Directors, Mona Foundation, Canada
Afshin Khazei is an Emergency Physician at Vancouver General Hospital and Simulation Education Director in the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine. He has served as a volunteer with medical service delivery and medical education programs in Honduras, Vanuatu, China, and Nepal. Through these experiences, he became convinced that the most effective and sustainable way to improve the health of a population is through education. In 2008 Afshin learned about the needs of the Anis Zunuzi School in Haiti. In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake, the school had a pressing need for infrastructure improvements that would allow them to serve more students. Afshin was impressed with Mona Foundation’s ability to oversee the project with transparency and accountability and finish on time and on budget, which is a remarkable accomplishment in Haiti.
Educate women and their community will prosper. Deny them education and the world will suffer