A More Balanced World is founded on the belief that there is an imbalance in terms of educational possibilities for the children of privilege and those of the impoverished, and a great desire among many people of means to help the less fortunate. With the strong conviction that awareness and education are keys to self-sufficiency, human dignity, and a better future, we opt for the long term solution of supporting children in their educational goals, rather than other temporary ‘fixes’.
A More Balanced World will target the areas of the world, where due to lack of sufficient means and material, parents and/or schools are unable to provide an adequate level of education to the children. To make contact with the target beneficiaries, the organization will establish affiliates within local communities to help identify the eligible students and coordinate distribution of funds and donated material. The organization may also leverage relationships with existing entities with established networks and infrastructure within many communities around the globe, for distribution of its services.
Please join us to touch lives and create A More Balanced World, today.
Meet Our Team
Founder & President
With a life-long passion for community service and social volunteerism, both foreign and domestic, and with the help of many friends who shared her passion, Mandy Fazeli, an IT professional with Farmers Insurance Group, Inc. founded A More Balanced World in 2010. As Founder and President, Mandy uses her management skills, international background, and humanitarian aspirations to help give the hope of education to youth around the world.
Sangeeta Khot is an Information Technology professional with 18 years of experience as a technical and Program Manager. A native of Mumbai, India, Sangeeta is employed by Farmers Insurance Group in Southern California, where she lives with her husband and two children.
Throughout her life, Sangeeta’s outreach to those in need has been at the personal and local community level. In school, temple, and work communities, Sangeeta has sponsored the education of children in India. A key member of the team, Sangeeta’s compassion will foster A More Balanced World, by strengthening its financial security and further extending its reach to beneficiaries.
Sayeh Hezaway is a graduate of California State University, Northridge in Management Information Systems, and has been working at Farmers Insurance Group for the last 15 years, currently as a Senior Project Manager. She lives in Southern California with her husband and two children.
Sayeh has always been passionate about humanitarian issues and has used many opportunities to help those in need, including volunteering at hospitals in Iran, during the Iran – Iraq war. A key team member at A More Balanced World, Sayeh’s focus is on the Website content management, helping develop the voice for all aspects of the organization’s online presence.
Representative - Kenya
A native of Kenya, Christabel grew up in a rural area in central Kenya and along with her twin sister, were brought up by her grandmother, while her teenage mother sought employment in Nairobi to pay for their expenses.Despite many challenges, including financial difficulties, Christabel managed to complete high school and move to Nairobi in search of employment.
In Nairobi, Christabel would do odd and difficult jobs, while training in the use of computers, which enabled her to find a job as a receptionist with an international volunteer organization.In 2011, she was introduced to ‘A More Balanced World’ and its charter and agreed to represent the organization in Kenya, enabling it to provide services to the underprivileged.She also decided to further her own education in a ‘Social Work’ and will obtain her Diploma in September of 2016.
Without Christabel’s compassion, dedication, and mentorship, ‘A More Balanced World’ would not have been able to impact the life of so many Kenyan children and youth, by keeping them in school and allowing them to realize their potential.
Mukesh Agrawal was born and raised in India, where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Utkal University, one of the pioneer universities in India. He has worked as an Information Technology (IT) Professional since 1998. His career experiences include holding leadership positions with a premier IT consulting company, and serving as Managing Director of a small steel industry operation, in India. He is now the President and CEO of the IT consulting company that he founded.
Mukesh has been actively involved in humanitarian causes, including the global service programs, trauma relief projects, and peace initiatives of ‘The Art of Living Foundation’, a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing the spirit of compassion in a global
Dr. Diana Stephens, Assistant Professor in Counseling & Guidance at California Lutheran University, holds advanced degrees in Human Development, Human Organizational Systems, and School Counseling. She also holds a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling in the State of California, and national certification as a Family Life Educator from the National Council on Family Relations.
Dr. Stephens brings to A More Balanced World her experience as Chair of the Diversity and Educational Excellence Working Group for the Center for Equality and Justice as well as over twenty-five years of experience in clinical counseling, administration, and consultation in both non-profit and private sectors.
Diana’s passion in creating cultures of care will help guide the Board’s decision-making processes, while connecting the organization directly with students in need in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties in California. Her belief that ‘understanding diverse perspectives and honoring the cultural heritage of all humankind is essential in achieving success‘, fits well with the vision and goals of AMoreBalancedWorld.
Representative - Ethiopia
The very first representative of ‘A More Balanced World’, outside of the United States, Andu was born and raised in Jimma, Ethiopia, where the organization began began support of its first beneficiary in the fall of 2010. He is a graduate of Jimma University School of Law with both his bachelor and masters degrees in Business Law. In 2015, Andu moved to the United States and currently resides in Southern California. He continues to be the liaison between the organization and our local representative in Ethiopia.
Representative - Cambodia
Chandra is ‘A More Balanced World’s representative for our students in Cambodia, Born in Cambodia, Chandra is a survivor of the Khmer Rouge genocide who came to the United States as a teen after living in refugee camps in Thailand for three years. She currently lives in Stockton, CA with her family.
As the Director Assistant and Chief Interpreter, Chandra is one of the co-founders of ‘Center for Empowering Refugees & Immigrants, (CERI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing social services to refugee families; also a partner organization of ‘A More Balanced World’ in Oakland, CA.
Kara is the founder and director of ROYA – Resources of Young Afghans, through which she has been counseling, mentoring and supporting young Afghans in various ways since 2007. For its work in Afghanistan, ‘A More Balanced World’ has partnered with ROYA organization, under Kara’s leadership, to facilitate educational services to its Afghan students.
In 2005, Kara became a community coordinator for the Youth Exchange & Study (YES), a U.S. government-sponsored exchange students program, developed in response to the tragic events of September 11th and aimed at building bridges of mutual understanding between the U.S. and people from approximately 40 countries with a significant Muslim population. She has supervised, lived with and/or placed dozens of international high school students across the U.S.
It was through this work that she developed her passion for working with Afghan students and founded ROYA in order to formalize her role as an academic advisor and mentor for Afghan students.