Moms Against Poverty Mid-Year Impact Report
It’s hard to believe we are in July of 2020. The world has experienced a great shift in how we socialize, conduct business, and carry out our daily lives. The COVID-19 pandemic has not only created a global health crisis but also impacted the world’s economy creating a large-scale, global hunger crisis.
Even in these difficult times, you, MAP’s community of donors and volunteers, didn’t forsake children around the world. You continued generously shedding light and hope into the world, uniting as members of the human race, and helping those at risk.
On May 16th, we hosted our first virtual event, the Hunger Relief Night Live. A great big thanks to all the sponsors, donors, participants, celebrities, team members and volunteers who made this event possible and a great success.
Thanks to your generosity, our team has been working tirelessly in the U.S., Iran, and globally providing lifeline support to the children and families in need. Be sure to check our weekly blogs (Iink to blog) and social media posts (Link to social media) to stay updated on all the work YOU make happen. Read further to learn more about the impact of your giving in the first half of the year.
We are truly grateful to all of you for your continued commitment to helping underprivileged children around the world.
Delfarib Fanaie & Ladan Judge
CEO & COO
Moms Against Poverty
MAP in IRAN
This has been a very difficult year for the people of Iran. In January of this year, heavy rainfall caused flash flooding in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, Iran. Hundreds of thousands of children and families were displaced. Thanks to your generosity, our team on the ground provided first level relief and basic provisions, clothing, and shoes to the children and families affected in the area. Additionally, we have helped 200 families, re-establish their lives by fully refurbishing their homes with appliances, kitchen equipment, and other necessities.
Iran was one of the first epicenters of the coronavirus outbreak, thanks to the tireless efforts of our team in Iran we were able to quickly mobilize and provide life-saving medical equipment, PPEs, food and other basic provisions to the children and families in need.
To date we have supported over 200,000 children and their families by providing 27 ventilators, 7 ECGs, 6 radiography machines, 3 oxygen machines, 150 oxygen tanks and tens of thousands of various forms of critical PPEs, including isolation clothing, surgical gowns, masks, and face shields were distributed to over 10 hospitals. Beyond hospital support, MAP also donated PPEs, disinfectants and surface cleaners to public orphanages and homeless shelters in Iran.
While this is an accomplishment that tackles the first phase of the pandemic; to alleviate the ever-increasing economic impact of COVID-19, we have transitioned our effort to hunger relief in Iran. We recently distributed food packets including groceries such as meat, rice and more to 2000 families. Additionally, we have launched a bread project where families in Iran receive bread for a month.
In addition to our disaster and pandemic relief work, we are completing the construction of six schools and completing renovation of seven village pre-schools around the country. Finally, we continue to operate our private girl’s orphanage in Kerman. The girls are safe, healthy, and thriving thanks to our team’s diligence and care.
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MAP in CAMBODIA
MAP provides free preschool and after-school classes, vocational training, foster care, and other social services to the children and families in three villages of Prek BongKong, Prek Lvea, and Prek Ta Kov.
Our team in Cambodia has been busy supporting the ever-growing challenges of the pandemic in the area through our education and social programs.
School closures have led our team to transition to online teaching and limited, socially distanced, in-person classes since early April. This has been challenging due to lack of equipment at our school. Although we have managed to rotate the distribution of laptops and smartphones to some of our children, we are still looking to raise funds to purchase additional tablets for our 110 students that we serve. As a result, our team has been busy doing more home site visits, at-home tutoring.
We continue providing social services supporting the children in the village and in our foster program and are developing new ways to educate our students while following social distancing guidelines.
Our team has also continued with our vocational training programs, teaching the older children vocational skills such as marketing, music, construction, hydroponics and sewing.
MAP in SENEGAL
In Senegal, our team has worked with our school principals to identify and distribute 400 food packets to children and their families who have been the hardest hit by COVID-19 and the resulting hunger pandemic. We will continue to support our school communities as we weather this crisis.
In spite of coronavirus, MAP has started construction on its sixth school in Senegal, in partnership with our local partners at Natangué-Sénégal. The construction will be completed for planned school openings in the fall.
Additionally, in Senegal this year, after members of MAP’s Board of Directors and Advisory Board visited Senegal, MAP has partnered with an orphanage Sourire d’Enfants, helping provide proper nutrition and care for children living in this home.