Our Story

Delfarib Fanaie
2022 National Recipient

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for
Outstanding Service Benefiting Local Communities

Our Founding Story

In 1999, Delfarib Fanaie and her husband, Farshid Samsami, traveled to their home country of Iran, with the intent of adopting a child. Their travels took them to various orphan care centers in Tehran, where they witnessed first-hand the needs of many children.

In 2006, while adopting her oldest child, Delfarib Fanaie met a young girl by the name of Sepideh who asked her, “why can’t you take me with you?” Stirred by this experience, with no way to respond to this sweet girl, Delfarib knew her life would never be the same. She became determined to inspire friends, family, and co-workers to help impoverished children.

In 2008, Delfarib’s friends, touched and inspired by Sepideh’s story, answered Delfarib’s call to action, and together they founded a volunteer-based non-profit charitable organization.

Our Mission and Work

Moms Against Poverty (MAP) is a global non-profit organization with the mission to nurture and educate underprivileged children to their fullest potential, so that one day they can contribute and lead within their own communities and break the cycle of poverty. Our work is holistically minded, advancing communities one program at a time toward well-being and self-sufficiency.

First, we address children’s basic needs, such as food, shelter, and healthcare. Then, using education and vocational programs, we provide them with the tools and environment they need to thrive and become successful members of their community and the world at large.

Our programs include education, hunger relief and basic provisions, health and wellness, and orphan care.

Communities and break the cycle of poverty. Our work is holistically minded, advancing communities one program.

Our Philosophy

We believe in empowering underprivileged children while respecting their individuality and maintaining their dignity and self-esteem. Positive change and healing are not only possible, but probable, when these children are treated with compassion and provided guidance and support.

By empowering individuals and communities, we create a lasting impact and forge a path toward ending the cycle of generational poverty.

We operate with the utmost integrity, honesty, and take responsibility in the stewardship of our resources. Learn more

Our History

2008 - 2019

2006: A Seed is Planted

While adopting her oldest child, Delfarib Fanaie met a young girl by the name of Sepideh who asked her, “why can’t you take me with you?” Stirred by this experience, with no way to respond to this sweet girl, Delfarib knew her life would never be the same. She became determined to inspire friends, family and co-workers to join the movement to end childhood poverty.