Relief operations in Iran include sourcing and distributing critical supplies and medical equipment, emergency lifeline support and meals to orphanages and homeless shelters. In the U.S., MAP joins Uber and others to address rampant food insecurity due to the closure of schools.
SAN FRANCISCO, April 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ashkan Taghipur, Executive Director of MAP’s NGO arm in Tehran, reports, “I think Iran’s the only country tackling the advanced mind-karate version of this pandemic challenge. Being cut from the global economy since 2018 has critically depleted vital medical supplies, equipment, and medicines in Iran, pre-pandemic. We are lacking ventilators everywhere!” MAP has engaged front-line disaster relief activities in Iran since 2010 (in addition to executing over 177 projects, ranging from orphanages to schools and vocational centers.)
Bay Area-based MAP recently pledged a total of $50k to DC and SF schools. The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) COVID-19 Response Fund received 28K to provide 10,000 emergency meals during school closures,; MAP is leading Okcoin, Uber, and others to combat growing food insecurity. Another grant went to DC Central Kitchen in a joint effort to whip up 20,000 meals. And other grants are in the works.
“We will continue to pivot our Nutritional Outreach and Hygiene Programs to support schools nationally to provide emergency meals, while accommodating the increased needs for our church partners and centers nationally,” said MAP COO Ladan Judge.
StandUp For Kids DC, an at-risk youth non-profit also in D.C. and longterm partner of MAP, is getting fundamental needs otherwise inaccessible. “MAP has been fundamental in providing essential supplies to at-risk youth during a time where it has been nearly impossible to get the supplies elsewhere. MAP has been a consistent lifeline,” says Josh Blum with StandUp for Kids DC.