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Save the date: 16th Annual Fundraising Dinner

Our 16th Annual Fundraising Dinner will be on Saturday, April 7th at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Muncie Indiana. The dinner will include a traditional Afghan buffet-style dinner, a silent auction, and an Afghan “bazaar” and ALL proceeds go directly to the women and children in Afghanistan. Also, our keynote speaker is Mahbouba Seraj. Ms. Seraj was imprisoned during the ... Read More »

Holiday Letter 2017

We wish everyone a very happy holiday season! During this season of giving, please consider donating to AWAKEN to help us continue our services to help thousands of women and children become self-sufficient. Here are a few ways we have helped in 2017: Vaccinated 18,000 families, opened 3 new vocational centers for women, provided assistance to 64 refugee families, provided 15 ... Read More »

Three Vocational Centers Started in October

We have started 3 new vocational programs in three different villages, each with 22 students. AWAKEN normally runs one vocational program a year but due to increasing demand, we were able to open three with the help of our amazing donors. These programs are designed to teach women literacy, hygiene, and tailoring skills. For many women, these skills meant the ability to ... Read More »

Women learn tailoring and computer skills at the Saheli Women Center

As one component of our Rotary International Grant, AWAKEN established the Saheli Women Center to provide tailoring and computer classes Afghan women. 30 women completed the first session which began March 1, 2017 and continued through July 30, 2017. The next session began in August and will end in December. In the tailoring class, women were taught how to tailor and use ... Read More »

Birthing Center: 200-300 new cases per month

The Maternal and Child Health Unit (birthing center) is doing really well! Every month there are 200-300 new cases coming for a variety of services including prenatal and postnatal care, deliveries, and family planning. We are grateful for Rotary’s grant and for all of your continued support in making this possible   The birthing center recently hired a new midwife, Raham ... Read More »

Rotary International Grant

Rotary International has sponsored a global grant for AWAKEN which has helped us improve our services and expand our impact to better serve the women and children in rural Afghanistan. The grant consists of 3 parts: Establish Saheli Centers for Women to promote economic and community development. The centers include computer and tailoring classes for women. Each session includes 30 women participating ... Read More »

15th Annual Fundraising Dinner Successful!

AWAKEN’s 15th annual fundraising dinner, on April 1st, was a huge success, thanks to supporters like you! Approximately 280 guests attended the dinner and learned about AWAKEN’s ongoing work in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan over the last year.  John and Carolyn Vann, our featured speakers, shared photos and stories of their service with the Peace Corps, from 1966-68, in ... Read More »

Holiday Letter 2016

As the year comes to an end, please keep AWAKEN in your thoughts.  Read our holiday letter to learn about the amazing work AWAKEN has done this year, including building a birthing center! Also, learn what our plans are for the upcoming year.  Thank you all for your continued support.  It is greatly appreciated! Donate Now  or send a check to AWAKEN, ... Read More »

Vocational Training

  Currently, there are 3 active vocational programs in three different villages, each with 22 students. AWAKEN runs vocational tailoring programs each year in different villages within Behsood District in order to help women learn literacy, hygiene, and tailoring skills. For many women, these skills meant the ability to survive with dignity, and to add to family and community self-sufficiency. This program consists of six months ... Read More »


In 2004, AWAKEN built the co-ed Qala-e-Malakh school to provide education for the girls and boys of Behsood Village. The school continues to expand and now has over 1000 students in grades 1-12. Twenty percent of all students there are girls, an amazing statistic in a country that didn’t allow any girls to go to school a dozen years ago, under the Taliban’s ... Read More »

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