"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." - Albert Einstein
The Abacus Project is the signature program of The DRANREF Foundation (TDF), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to advance STEM and entrepreneurial education in under resourced areas.
Founder and Chairman, Monica Freeman Lewis, is a well-respected educator and entrepreneur with a passion for teaching and expanding student capacity through innovative learning tools like the Japanese abacus. She taught math and science for more than 20 years in urban and suburban settings, and owned and operated a Math Learning Center serving hundreds of students in grades K - 12. She understands the value of good problem solving skills and as a trained School Psychologist has a diagnostic eye and edge in assessing students' skills and improving achievement. Her mission is to have a global impact on diminishing the "achievement gap" by building better problem solvers, and each one, teaching one. Her recent travels to a Soweto school in South Africa and Japan, the home of the soroban (Japanese abacus) further fuel her dreams and vision. Her trip to South Africa established opportunities to support their under resourced schools and her trip to Japan yielded a global partnership with access to authentic soroban materials for project use, a unique program differentiator.