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Partner Spotlight: Moms Against Poverty

Battling the invisible enemy, thousands of Iranians are playing their part in keeping their country safe.

Despite an unexpected and prolonged crisis that has upended so much, StandUp for Kids – Orange County has remained steadfast in its support of youth and their families. Initiatives like online tutoring sessions and grocery deliveries have been made possible by volunteers and partners in the local community. One of our closest partners is Moms Against Poverty, which has helped StandUp for Kids – Orange County find innovative ways to continue providing mentorship and guidance for its youth.

A California-based organization that operates globally, Moms Against Poverty was founded in 2008 by Delfarib Fanaie and others with the goal of empowering underprivileged youth by helping meet their basic needs.

Since its inception the organization has achieved remarkable progress in their mission to provide for youth a pathway to a brighter future. Various initiatives have been implemented intended to support youth with basic necessities and encourage development of fundamental skills. This includes programs that emphasize educational training for youth by fostering a productive academic environment.

For vice president and chief operations officer, Ladan Judge, and those at Moms Against Poverty, education is of the utmost importance for a youth and providing an environment that allows them to succeed academically is imperative.

“Our main goal and mission is to educate children and provide them with the tools that they need so that they can thrive and become self-sufficient members of their community,” said Ladan.


SF Department of Children, Youth & Their Families

For community college students, the pandemic & food insecurity are intertwined

Battling the invisible enemy, thousands of Iranians are playing their part in keeping their country safe.

At the beginning of the Shelter in Place Order in San Francisco, the SF Department of Children, Youth, and their Families, City College of San Francisco, and two nonprofit agencies came together to immediately address food security needs of low-income City College students. Since that time, multiple partnerships have been put in place in order to provide free meals, groceries, and other food- related assistance. Please visit the Free Meals and Food Assistance page on the DCYF website to learn more about these efforts.

Angelica Nevarez started out the year with a lot of hope. After losing her job in 2019, she enrolled at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) in order to pursue a degree in health information technology. She hoped that a new career in an in-demand field would help her improve her economic situation and that of her grandparents, who she lives with and supports.

Angelica, and many other low-income CCSF students, regularly utilized a food pantry and snack distribution program managed by the school. Every month, the pantry program provided critical food security resources for over 900 low-income CCSF students.


Bay Area News

Moms Against Poverty Gala 2020 Goes Virtual

In Light of the Pandemic, school closures nationwide have paused all meal programs, limiting even more resources for food insecure families across America.

In order to help raise funds to help

by Zein Basravi

Iran battles COVID-19:
Thousands of volunteers disinfect cities

Battling the invisible enemy, thousands of Iranians are playing their part in keeping their country safe.

Iran reported 91 new deaths on Monday, just as the country said it is open for business. Iranians are doing their bit to help the government in the battle against the spread of the new coronavirus. And efforts to fight the pandemic have brought people together.

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PR Newswire

Nonprofit Moms Against Poverty donate $28k to feed SFUSD students during school closuresMoms Against Poverty (MAP) Pivots National Programs and Provides Emergency Meal Grants to Schools Nationally, While in Iran Their Prolific NGO Relief Arm Provides Vital Support

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 FRANCISCOApril 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.


The Salt Lake Tribune

How Latter-day Saint Charities is helping during coronavirus crisis — in Utah and around the world

As a global faith with headquarters in Utah, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is well-positioned to enlist a veritable army of helpers to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

It has a worldwide network of leaders and members who see preparedness for disasters as a theological principle and who can address needs quickly and efficiently — and a multibillion-dollar “rainy day fund” that could be used for humanitarian relief.

Since January, the church says it has provided support, supplies and funding in the United States, Cambodia, China, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Italy, Iran, Japan, Mongolia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

In China, the church worked with Project HOPE to offer “personal protective equipment,” including masks, goggles and coveralls. In Iran, it partnered with Moms Against Poverty for the same items and, in Italy, where the raging virus has caused much death and devastation, it worked with INTERSOS, a nonprofit humanitarian aid organization that assists victims of natural disaster, and MEDU, an international shipping company in Geneva, to deliver these supplies as well as informational material and hygiene kits.

FILE – In this Thursday, May 4, 2017 file photo, a third-grader punches in her student identification to pay for a meal at Gonzales Community School in Santa Fe, N.M. The Trump administration is proposing a rollback of nutrition guidelines for federal school meals programs that had been promoted by Michelle Obama as part of her campaign to combat child obesity. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, file)

Bay Area News

Nonprofit Moms Against Poverty donate $28k to feed SFUSD students during school closures

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., (KRON) — A Bay Area non-profit donates $28,800 to provide 10,000 emergency meals to the San Francisco Unified School District COVID-19 Response Fund. Moms Against Poverty announced Monday they will be contributing in order to help combat growing food insecurity in the community due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Bay Area families experiencing financial hardship pre-COVID-19, now have even fewer resources at their disposal,” Moms Against Poverty COO Ladan Judge said. “At MAP, we are pleased to support SFUSD, and address a public funding gap for emergency meal services for children living in food-insecure homes.”

According to SFUSD officials, providing meals during the closures cost the district $314,000 above and beyond federal reimbursements for schools. Emergency meals do not qualify for State and Federal reimbursement.

FILE – In this Thursday, May 4, 2017 file photo, a third-grader punches in her student identification to pay for a meal at Gonzales Community School in Santa Fe, N.M. The Trump administration is proposing a rollback of nutrition guidelines for federal school meals programs that had been promoted by Michelle Obama as part of her campaign to combat child obesity. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, file)
Humanitarian Relief Coalition


Humanitarian Relief Coalition (HUREC) is a joint coalition of Iranian American organizations and medical professionals to deliver life-saving support to our fellow Iranians facing the Coronavirus (COVID-19) disaster in Iran. The coalition is non-profit, non-political, non-religious, and upholds the principle of serving all equally irrespective of their race, ethnicity, religion, or gender.

Dear friends and supporters,

Our hearts go out to the victims of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic worldwide. Regardless of how prepared a nation is for the coronavirus outbreak, disasters of such magnitude require us to come together to intervene with humanitarian assistance to save lives and to hopefully contain the spread of this dangerous pandemic.

Iran is among the countries hit hardest with the novel COVID-19 pandemic. The Iranian American Medical Association (IAMA), Moms against Poverty (MAP), Keep Children in School (KCIS), Institute for International Health and Education (IIHE), Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), SoCal Persian American Medical Association (SoCalPAMA), along with other dedicated organizations and volunteers, have initiated this coalition called Humanitarian Relief Coalition (HUREC). The mission of HUREC is to provide the necessary medical supplies and financial resources to hospitals, medical teams, and patients in the most effective manner and free of charge to battle the devastating effects of COVID-19 in Iran.

Due to the scope of the disaster, the coalition’s vision is to aggregate resources and centralize efforts in a collective, inclusive and transparent manner to maximize our capacity for effective emergency response. With the help of reputable international aid organizations, the coalition has developed trusted and effective channels of international and local procurement and distribution of medical supplies in Iran. We urge our members, friends, fellow charitable organizations and foundations in the Iranian diaspora to partner with and support us in this philanthropic mission to save lives and help the Iranian people during this dire emergency.

We pledge to act with full transparency and accountability and will regularly update donors on activities by providing accurate reports, videos and photos of the humanitarian assistance. Our coalition has procured the necessary Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) licenses for transferring humanitarian aid to Iran and will fully comply with the U.S. government’s laws and regulations. The coalition consists of 501(c)(3) charitable organizations and all donations in the United States are tax deductible.

We need to act fast as the pandemic is afflicting a bigger portion of the Iranian population every passing day. You can get more information at:

Please share this campaign with your entire network and encourage them to participate and feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.


Hosein Shokouh-Amiri, MD, FACS, FICS,
President of IAMA,
Clinical Professor of Surgery, Director, Liver Transplant and Co-Director, WK/John C. McDonald Regional Transplant Center, [email protected]

Moms Against Poverty (MAP), [email protected]

Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), [email protected]

Keep Children in School (KCIS), [email protected]

Institute for International Health and Education (IIHE), [email protected]

SoCal Persian American Medical Association (SoCalPAMA), [email protected]


Iranian American Bar Association (IABA)

Medical Magazine, (SEEB)

Medical Magazine, (SEEB)

Society of Iranian Psychiatrists in North America (SIPNA)

LA and OC Chapters of the Iranian American Chamber of Commerce

Iranian-American Community Information Center (IACIC)

Deseret News

By Tad Walch and Trent Toone

Coronavirus: Church is helping Iran, Italy, China and 13 other countries with medical supplies, ramps up food production

“Due to its global reach and long trajectory, this emergency situation is like no other. … We believe that there is hope and that the best way to cope with emergency situations is to help each other,” according to Latter-day Saint Charities.

SALT LAKE CITY — Latter-day Saint Charities is ramping up production at its canneries and food processing plants during the COVID-19 crisis, while at the same time donating medical and emergency supplies to 16 countries.

The additional food will help people in need amid reports that jobless claims in the United States rose 33% last week and are accelerating even faster this week as businesses react to the pandemic.

Latter-day Saint Charities will make the food available to church leaders supporting their congregations as well as to food banks, community agencies and school food programs, said the organization’s president, Sister Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency.

Iran, Italy and China are among the nations receiving medical and emergency supplies, support and funding from the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she said in a phone interview.

Some of that aid directly helps with the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. For example, the church is helping to provide N95 masks, gloves and hand sanitizer in Iran, where 50 new infections and one new death are happening every 10 minutes, Sister Eubank said.

The aid to Iran is happening through a partnership with Moms Against Poverty, which is licensed by the U.S. government to provide humanitarian aid to that country while it is under U.S. sanctions.

Center for Human Rights in Iran

Coronavirus in Iran: How You Can Help

The Center for Human Rights in Iran stands in solidarity with the people of Iran during this time of great national trauma and suffering, and sends a message of hope and strength with the arrival of the Persian New Year.

As Iranian families remember the beautiful traditions of Nowruz, we ask for renewed strength, commitment and solidarity so that we may stand together and continue our work defending the basic rights of all Iranians.

This Nowruz, consider giving to U.S.-based charities legally working with charities in Iran that are helping courageous healthcare workers battle the country’s deadly COVID-19 outbreak:

Relief International
Moms Against Poverty

Both charities hold valid OFAC licenses and can legally send funds and supplies to Iran.


By Codepink

Did you know this about Iran and the coronavirus?

This is bad. Since February 19, when the first coronavirus cases were identified in Iran, at least 6,566 people—about one in every 12,000 Iranians—have been infected. At least 237 people have died. Iran is third, behind China and South Korea, in cases of coronavirus per population. Due to U.S. sanctions, Iran is suffering from a shortage of the medical supplies, products, and equipment required for diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of the coronavirus.

The U.S. Treasury Department must immediately reverse its maximum pressure campaign on Iran. Add your name now. The health of the Iranian people—and global health and safety—depends on it.

We at CODEPINK have been working to get the medical-related sanctions on Iran lifted since an October 2019 Human Rights Watch report was released outlining how the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign is preventing life-saving medicines from entering the country. Finally, last week, with the coronavirus outbreak, the Treasury Department announced that it would waive certain sanctions for humanitarian supplies to go through Iran’s central bank. But it is far too little, too late, as the financial risks and reputational costs for companies to engage in even lawful humanitarian trade with Iran are severe.


Wacken Foundation Collects Donations For Music Projects In Cambodia

The performance of the Cambodian band Doch Chkae at Wacken Open Air 2019 was definitely no ordinary concert: The band was supposed to play at the W:O:A 2018 already, but was denied entry because the requirements for a visa could not be met.

A big wave of solidarity made it possible to make up for this missed chance at the next festival and fly the band to Germany for not only one but multiple concerts. For the young musicians from the slam in Phnom Penh this gig turned into a giant triumph.

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3Sat Kulturzeit

German TV

MAPCambodia Alumni rising to global fame: a metal fairytale... from the slums of Cambodia.. Doch Chkae

This is an excerpt from German TV, 3Sat Kulturzeit and is compliments of Willie Schumann. It covers a few of our ex-orphans that are rising to fame as Doch Chkae, alums of our music therapy incubator program at Hope School, a part of MAPCambodia, under the compelled guidance of Timon Siebel. Their band is named Doch Chkae and the boys were raised in the care of Moms Against Poverty’s (MAP) orphanage in Cambodia.
Doch Chkae releases music under the label Yab Moung Records, an alliance of Moms Against Poverty.

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By George Wright

Doch Chkae, the metal band born on a rubbish dump

It was the most powerful symbol of the poverty under which many lived in mid-2000s Cambodia: a vast rubbish dump on the outskirts of the capital.

For many, the Stung Meanchey dump near Phnom Penh was home. About 2,000 men, women and children would sift through the 100-acre mountain of rubbish in appalling conditions looking for recyclables to sell.

Stung Meanchey was also a dangerous place. Some were crushed by dump trucks while jostling to get a prime spot when waste was released. People would fall ill through exposure to open sewage and harmful toxins.


Bay Area News

Moms Against Poverty's Impact as Featured on KRON4

In this interview Delfarib Fanaie, Founder and CEO and Becky Graham, Director of Development talk about how MAP came to existence and how its been developing into an organization that helps underprivileged children throughout the world. Click on the video icon below to watch the interview and join us at MAP’s upcoming Gala on October 5, 2019.

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Doch Chkae

Cambodian Metal Band

Our MAP Cambodia Heavy Metal boys performing in Germany!

This is one of those awesome stories that should be shared… Wacken have just released this cool background story to how Cambodian metal band Doch Chkae were able to finally make it to perform at this year’s Wacken Festival.

Timon Siebel​

MAP Cambodia

MAP Cambodia: Musical Alchemist of Aggression: Timon Siebel

With music, Timon Seibel gives the children a chance to express themselves and gain self-confidence. One heavy-metal band he manages recently won a grand prize in a contest.

Vartey Ganiva

MAP Cambodia

MAP Cambodia’s Accountant and Musical teacher in the News!

When she first took the stage with a song called Evil Husband in 2016, Vartey Ganiva was immediately labelled Cambodia’s first Queen of Punk due to her ‘unusual’ taste in music. Three years into her career, the 26-year-old said she has found a new sound that fits her best. Anith Adilah Othman speaks to Yab Moung Records’ co-founder to inquire further on her newly-revamped repertoire.

Castro Valley Matters

By Parvin Ahmadi

As number of families lacking permanent housing increases, Castro Valley Unified builds out a support network

It takes a village to support students and families. In line with our goal of meeting the academic and social emotional needs of all our students, Castro Valley Unified School District’s (CVUSD) effort to serve all students and families was expanded last year to better serve the growing number of students and families in transition due to lack of permanent housing.

Mission Local

Local News for a Global Neiborhood

Moms Against Poverty reaches wider audience

Dozens of community members—many of them Iranian-American—gathered at The Laundry, a swanky Mission event space on 26th Street, on Saturday night to raise money and awareness for Moms Against Poverty, a non-profit founded in 2008 by an Iranian-American determined to do something about poverty.

ABC7 News

Bay Area News

ABC7 donors help 'Moms against Poverty' nonprofit expand services

We have a wonderful update for you on a story we brought to you last December about a very ambitious charity helping Bay Area children. It’s called the “Moms against Poverty” program, or MAP for short. — SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — 

Borgen Magazine

Humanity, Polotics & You

Mothers Know Best: Moms Against Poverty Advocates for Kids

Moms Against Poverty (MAP) is proof that a mother’s love extends beyond her own children. The organization, which helps children living in poverty, is active in more than six countries including Cambodia, India, Iran, Senegal, Sierra Leone and the United States.

ABC7 News

Bay Area News

ABC News and MAP's 2017 Earthquake Aid

Rendered numb from the news of a devastating earthquake in his home country, it took just an hour before Tohid Najafi, a Detroit-based Iranian medical professional, launched a Facebook fundraiser.

The New York Times

Decades On, Land Mines Shatter Young Lives in Iran

Remnants of a war fought decades ago continue to devastate innocent lives in Iran. During the conflict with Iraq in the 1980s, millions of land mines were buried throughout Iran’s western border provinces. Despite efforts by government demining programs, an unknown amount of undetonated ordnance still litters the countryside.


San Mateo Local News

Helping Hands - Moms Against Poverty to Collect Food, Toys on Sunday

Moms Against Poverty (MAP), a volunteer-based nonprofit charity, will be collecting non-perishable food and toy donations for the needy families of Bay Area this holiday season on Sunday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 801 Mahler Road, Suite G., in Burlingame.

Delfarib Fanaie
Delfarib Fanaie

MAP CEO and Co-Founder

Best Practices for Compiling a Nonprofit Annual Report

Most nonprofit organizations release annual reports with the purposes of providing insight into the way their donations are used, and the impact of those donations. Of course, the ultimate goal of these reports is to maintain those existing donor relationships and encourage new donations.

So how can nonprofits structure their reports to help them accomplish that goal? Moms Against Poverty (MAP,) a nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture and educate underprivileged children to their fullest potential, offers some best practices to consider: Read More on Nonprofit Information website…

Ladan Judge
Ladan Judge

MAP COO and Co-Founder

Moms Against Poverty Bring Nutrition and Stability to Underprivileged Children

In 1999, Delfarib Fanaie and her husband Farshid Samsami traveled to Iran, the country of their birth, with the intent of adopting a child. Over the years spent in Iran, the couple witnessed firsthand the plight of impoverished and malnourished children in the region. Instead of one child, they ended up bringing three into their family, but took the heartache they felt for every other child they couldn’t help back home with them and became determined to take other action on their behalf. Read More on the Philanthropy Journal News, UC State University…

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