Mona Foundation

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Mona 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 alleviate global poverty and support community-led transformation such that no child ever goes to bed hungry, or 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. Since 1999, Mona has awarded more than $12 million to 38 educational initiatives in 18 countries, providing access to quality education and training for more than 258,000 students, teachers and parents annually. Mona was founded in 1999 by a small group of people who drew their inspiration from the Baha’i principles of justice and equality, universal education and indiscriminate service to all. We seek to work with like-minded people or organizations, locally, nationally and internationally, to demonstrate in action that people of all backgrounds can come together in the service of our common good. The foundation is named after a 16-year old girl who was executed in 1983 for her beliefs as a Baha’i and for teaching children’s classes. She is our Malala except that Malala lived after the attempt of her life and Mona did not. Mona loved children and had volunteered in an orphanage since the age of thirteen. IBefore she was executed, she said a prayer for unity of mankind. Her courage to stand for what she believed, her youth, and her dedication to justice and service inspired us to name the foundation after her.

Primary Functions

  • Capacity building/Technical assistance
  • Funding
  • Networking/Convening

Secondary Functions

  • Awareness Raising/Advocacy

Geographic Scope

  • Global / regional

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Education topics addressed


  • Primary completion
  • Primary enrollment
  • Primary to secondary transition
  • Secondary completion


  • Other

Other skills

  • Life skills/sexuality education
  • Rights/empowerment education
  • Social and emotional learning
  • Vocational training


  • School quality
  • Teacher training


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • STEM

Cross-cutting topics addressed

  • Adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Economic/livelihoods (including savings/financial inclusion, etc.)
  • Food/water security
  • HIV and STIs
  • Nutrition
  • Other aspects of sexual and reproductive health
  • Sports
  • WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)

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Current girls' education partners

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Mona Foundation

Headquarters location(s)

  • Bellevue, Washington, United States of America

Office location(s)

  • Canada
  • United States of America


Mahnaz Javid
Mona Foundation

Locations of current girls’ education work

Map showing countries (listed below) where the organization is involved with girls' education programs

  • Brazil
  • China
  • Czechia
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Mongolia
  • Panama
  • Uganda
  • United States of America
  • Viet Nam

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