A Look At Our 2020 Accomplishments!
As we welcome 2021, I pass on my heartfelt thanks to you for the vital role you play within MAP and our work. It is truly impossible to convey the depth of my gratitude for your continued and unwavering commitment to helping underprivileged children around the world and generously casting a lifeline to those in need.
2020 held many challenges but, together as a community, we provided food and lifesaving essentials to hundreds of thousands of children and their families in the U.S., Iran, and around the world.
MAP is in a unique position with a valid OFAC permit to send funds legally to Iran, one of the first epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic which has had a devastating economic impact on the people of the country. In 2021, in addition to our regular programs in Iran, we are ramping up our hunger relief program to ensure that the orphaned and impoverished children are nourished.
Here at home, hunger relief has been a major part of MAP’s initiatives. In 2021, we will continue to serve the ever-growing needs of our local communities living in disparity.
Globally, we will strive to continue our education, healthcare, and hunger relief work within the communities we serve.
Since 2008, MAP has been providing a pathway out of poverty for impoverished children and communities in 15 countries. Learn more about our past work through our 12-Year Report.
Below, please find the country-specific summary of your contributions in action in 2020. We look forward to continuing this work together in 2021.
Wishing you and your loved ones a Healthy and Happy New Year.
Principal Founder & CEO
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MAP in IRAN
2020 has been yet another extremely challenging year for the people of Iran, in particular its impoverished and marginalized population. Impacted heavily by a multitude of natural disasters that had left tens of thousands of Iranian children and their families without shelter, work, or means to secure their basic needs, Iran later became one of the countries hit the hardest by the global COVID-19 pandemic. The magnitude of the devastation caused by the recent natural disasters coupled with the despair from the pandemic has inflicted great hardship on its most vulnerable people. Yet, once again, the MAP community of donors came together to contribute, allowing our team on the ground to be amongst the first to provide immediate relief and basic provisions to children and families affected, throughout the country.
- 27 ventilators, 7 electrocardiograms, six radiography machines
- 3 oxygen machines, 8 BiPAP machines, 33 pulse oximeters, 7 vital signs monitors
- 150 oxygen tanks, and 12 pieces of equipment to 30 hospitals combatting COVID-19.
- 1,100,500 N95 respirator masks, 2,837,020 face masks, 23,386 medical gowns, 17,876 patient gowns
- 12,650 face shields, 18,346 liters of sanitizers, 600 liters of rubbing alcohol, 200 boxes of gloves, and 15,000 sleeve and shoe covers to front-line doctors and nurses fighting COVID-19.
- 25,000 hygiene kits to homeless shelters and at-risk children.
- Established 8 preschools
- Built 13 new schools
- Constructed a medical rehabilitation center.
- Home appliances, blankets, clothing, and hygiene supplies to 200 families affected by floods.
- Hunger relief packages and food coupons to 40,000 children and adults.
- 330,000 loaves of bread to needy families.
- 182 tablets, 175 mobile phones, and 510 backpacks complete with school supplies to orphaned children in schools.
- 2,000 children with warm jackets and 4,300 children with winter shoes.
- Furniture and equipment for 5 orphanages.
- Fully supported 19 girls at our private orphanage (Khanye Golha).
MAP in the UNITED STATES
The number of people living in poverty has exceeded pre-pandemic levels in the United States. With 50 million Americans now living below the poverty line, families are suffering from food insecurity, malnutrition, as well as limited access to education and healthcare. In the past year, MAP provided much-needed support to nearly 100,000 children and their families in California, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington D.C. through its food, hygiene, and basic provisions programs.
MAP has partnered with 40+ schools and centers in various locations across the country to provide:
- 141,108 lbs of food to 76,055 children and adults.
- 806 face masks and 21,610 hygiene products to families in need.
- 650 headsets,100 e-learning tablets, and 150 school supply sets for children.
- 1,500 blankets, 1,602 food baskets, and 400+ toys, as a part of its Holiday Helping Hand.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, requests for meals and provisions from our local communities have increased substantially. Hence, to ensure that our nation’s underprivileged youth and families have access to a spectrum of resources, we continue to identify the gaps in these needs and endlessly work to fulfill them in collaboration with our partners.
MAP in CAMBODIA
MAP provides free preschool and after-school classes, vocational training, foster care, and other rudimentary services to the children and families of Prek BongKong, Prek Lvea, and Prek Ta Kov villages. Our Cambodian team continues to enhance MAP’s education and basic needs programs to better address the ever-growing challenges of the pandemic.
As a result of school closures, the transition to online teaching has proved a challenge due to the lack of resources. Nevertheless, we continued providing services supporting the children in our foster program and have been developing new ways to educate our students, while following social distancing guidelines through:
- The HOPE School serving 110 children with the English language, computer science, and daycare programs.
- Vocational training in music, sewing, weaving, and hydroponics
- Inviting dozens of families to our foster care program, receiving education, food, and healthcare.
Our team has also continued the:
- Computer Teacher Pok Prak continuing his computer classes with home visits.
- Launch of the MAPC Media Academy with the goal of introducing multimedia and design production skills into our MAPC school curriculum.
MAP in SENEGAL
In Senegal, our team has worked with our school principals to identify and areas in our school communities in need of support as we weather through the unforeseen circumstances of the global pandemic. This year, after members of MAP’s Board of Directors and Advisory Board visited Senegal, MAP has continued to grow its partnership with an orphanage, Sourire d’Enfants, helping provide proper nutrition and care for children living in this home.
In spite of coronavirus, MAP has:
- Opened MAP’s fifth school in Senegal, a preschool serving children with physical and learning disabilities.
- Built MAP’s sixth school in Senegal, an elementary school serving 500 students.
- Launched our first orphan care program to provide food, water, and milk for a rural orphanage serving 24 newborns.
Aside from our schools and orphan care programs we:
- Provided hunger relief packages to 2,000 children and adults.
- Distributed toys to 1,500 school children during the holidays.
MAP in NEPAL
In Nepal, one in four people lives below the poverty line surviving on less than fifty cents a day, while three percent of children die before the age of five. The ongoing poverty crisis coupled with the coronavirus pandemic has gravely impacted and hurt Nepal, amongst other countries. Alongside these hardships, Nepal is considered one of the poorest countries in the world with common conditions such as malnutrition and other diseases.
Thankfully, in collaboration with Sunsar Maya, MAP worked to provide during the pandemic and beyond:
- Food and hygiene products to orphaned children and families.
- Distributed hunger relief packages to 1,650 children and adults each month.
- Created packages containing soap and two weeks’ worth of rice, lentils, and noodles through centers in Jorpati and Mahalaxmi, Nepal.
This past year, we have seen a great impact on our efforts in Nepal and we plan to expand and make our programs more accessible for these disadvantaged people within the country.
- Provided hunger relief packages to 1,000 children and adults.
- Built hand-washing stations at 10 schools.
- Provided child-sized cloth face masks to 400 children.
- Provided hunger relief packages to 750 children and adults.
- Completed a computer learning lab in a rural school serving 150 students and providing programming and coding classes.