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Mona Foundation Board of Directors, Board of Advisory and staff have diverse expertise and extensive field experience. We are committed to the principles of justice, equality and service to community.

Our reports and guidelines

Mona Foundation Annual Reports show the impact we are making with your support. Our guidelines show how we select and adopt our partner projects and support them long term to ensure lasting impact.

FAQ

Read our FAQ to learn more about who we are, the principles of sustainable social and economic development that guide our work , and why we advocate universal education but with special focus on women and girls.

Join the education revolution - Barli story

Help us transform lives and communities.

Here is the story of how your support of Barli Institute for Development of Rural Women in Indore, India has transformed the lives of thousands of young girls, their families and their villages through education.

Our history

Mona Foundation was founded in 1999 by a small group of people committed to making life better for all of our children. The Foundation supports grassroots educational initiatives that provide education to all children, increase opportunities for women and girls, and emphasize service to the community.  Our goal is to eliminate global poverty and support community led transformation such that no child ever goes to bed hungry, is lost to preventable diseases, or is deprived of gift of education for lack of resources.

 

We believe that the keys to alleviating poverty are universal education, gender equality, and community building.   We also believe that regardless of who they are or what their economic status is, people have the capacity to lead their lives and write their own future. The programs we support have proven records of success, backed by the local community. Since 1999, Mona has awarded more than $8 million to 34 projects in 18 countries, providing access to quality education for more than 150,000 students annually.  Three principles guide our work:

 

Universal education

All races, religions, and social classes deserve the opportunity to receive a quality education. Mona Foundation finds locally operated programs that educate people of all backgrounds and raise the status of girls and women. We believe that sustainable development is a process of individuals, communities, and institutions building capacity—where local people lead the process of their own development. Educated communities are healthier, more sustainable, and less vulnerable to economic volatility.

 

“If you educate a woman, you educate the whole family. If you educate a man, you ducate just one person.” – Yogesh Jadhav, Barli Institute

 

Gender equality

Providing equal educational opportunities to girls and women yields a higher rate of return than any other investment that can be made in the developing world. Equality not only guarantees basic rights, it enables girls and women to chart the course of their own lives in their society. It is also vital to promoting the robust, shared growth needed to end extreme poverty. World Bank data demonstrates that gender equality and economic development are inextricably linked. Studies show that increasing education specifically or girls and women has a direct effect on a nation’s economic development.

 

“Educating girls is the most powerful and effective way to reduce global poverty.”

 

Community development

All people have the innate capacity to lead themselves and their communities. The individuals most affected are the ones most ready to affect change. Supporting communities in their own self-advocacy promotes empowerment, rather than dependency. Many students we support work with their communities to establish literacy programs, women health centers, parental trainings, cleanliness drives, tree plantations, and many other programs that stimulate harmony and community building in their communities. 

 

“The girls become the beacon of lights for their rural communities, bringing gender equality and sustainable community development practices.” – Tahera Jadhav, Barli Institute