We believe that every child deserves the gift of education


We support 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 alleviate 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 the gift of education for lack of resources.

Our Focus Areas

Universal Education

The World Bank data amply demonstrates that education is one of the most powerful instruments for reducing poverty and inequality and lays a foundation for sustained economic growth.

Gender Equality

Investing in women is often found to be the most effective means to reducing poverty everywhere. World Bank data demonstrates that gender equality and economic development are inextricably linked.

Community Building

The individuals most effected are those most ready to affect change. They are the most capable of analyzing and defining community needs, respecting cultural values, and leading sustained positive change.

Our History


The Mona Foundation was originally founded in 1999 by a small group of people in the USA who had experienced the despair of poverty firsthand and witnessed the power of education to transforms lives. The goal is to alleviate global poverty so that no child ever goes to bed hungry, is lost to preventable diseases, or is deprived of the gift of education for lack of resources. We believe that universal education, gender equality, and community-led transformation are key to alleviating poverty.

Inspired by the work of Mona Foundation, a sister organization was formed in Canada in 2017. Now a registered charity, Mona Foundation Canada seeks to engage with likeminded Canadians who believe the opportunity for education and advancement should be available to all people of the world.

Our approach is to partner with grassroots educational programs that provide education to people of all backgrounds, empower women and girls, and emphasize character education and service to the community. Since its inception, Mona Foundation (USA) has awarded more than $11 million to 42 educational initiatives in 20 countries.

In 2019, Mona Foundation Canada provided support to three projects, Barli Insititute, Anis Zunuzi School, and Badi School, funding scholarships and infrastructure support totaling over $30,000.00 donated by supporters.

All Mona Foundation activities focus on these three areas:

Universal education

Everyone deserves the opportunity to receive a quality education. The World Bank data confirms over and over again that universal education is one of the most powerful instruments for reducing poverty and inequality, and creates a foundation for sustained economic growth.  Educated communities are healthier, more sustainable, and less vulnerable to economic volatility.

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, but it also enables girls and women to have a voice and equally participate in the development of their own communities.  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 providing educational opportunities specifically for 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

A core value of Mona Foundation is the belief in Oneness of Humanity.  In practice, this means that we believe all people have the right, capacity, and responsibility to lead the development of their own communities and contribute towards a just and prosperous society. The individuals most affected are the ones most ready to effect 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, parent training, cleanliness drives, tree plantings, and many other programs that foster harmony and build strong communities.