Raja Marhaba, a Granada Hills resident and founder of the nonprofit Johnathan Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities, was chosen as one of 10 winners of L’Oreal Paris’ 2019 Women of Worth Awards, which annually honors women philanthropists.
Marhaba, whose two sons were diagnosed with ADHD and learning disabilities, founded the Johnathan Foundation in 2013 after struggling to access school services that properly catered to her childrens’ needs. The nonprofit now raises money to fund psycho-educational assessments for children, help individual students find learning styles that work for them and help schools better serve those students.
L’Oreal awarded each winner a $10,000 grant. At a gala Dec. 4 in New York City, the cosmetics company will announce which of the winners is the “national honoree,” based on the most votes on the Women of Worth webpage. The winner will receive an additional $25,000.