A NOTE FROM GLOBALGIVING:
Please welcome Ann Moideen. She is a new project leader here at GlobalGiving and over the past few weeks we have had the opportunity to get to know Ann and the great work she does for her organization the Ann Foundation.
Periodically over the next two months we will be sending you snapshots about Ann’s life and work. We encourage your feedback about this new form of progress update so that we can provide you with the most interesting and relevant information possible about the projects and causes you support.
We thank you for your contributions and ask you to consider donating again to Ann and the Ann Foundation. Feel free to tell your friends about Ann and her incredible work!
Meet Ann Foundation Founder Ann Moideen
Ann Moideen grew up in Bangalore, India, surrounded by a family of doctors, nurses, and teachers. When she was 16-years-old and a student in college, she moved in with her aunt, a doctor who lived on a hospital campus. Although Ann valued the educational opportunities offered on the campus, she was more interested in the world beyond the hospital confines. “I felt that beyond compounds of the hospital walls there was nothing but misery,” says Ann. “I saw pain and suffering of children. This made a huge impact in my life.”
After completing her college degree, Ann married a surgeon and migrated to the United States. Between raising a family and pursuing a career, Ann found time in her busy schedule to volunteer at the Helen Keller National Center for the Deaf and Blind. Ann enjoyed her experience at the center so much that she decided to form her own foundation, the Ann Foundation.
“The Ann Foundation was born out of two things: firstly, my firm belief that getting an education and taking control of life opens up opportunities and is therefore the key to breaking the cycle of poverty, and secondly I feel that disabled children in developing countries are at a severe disadvantage in terms of social development,” says Ann. “A foundation like mine I thought could help foster the values of commitment, personal excellence and achievement.”
The Ann Foundation is currently working on opening a Resource Center to provide training in computer literacy through software for the visually-impaired, Braille and English language training to the visually-impaired, and career skills to enhance employability.