Mission of AWAKEN
Our mission is to help rebuild Afghanistan’s educational system, support vocational opportunities, provide health care services, and offer emergency assistance. AWAKEN targets its assistance toward women and children, who are typically among Afghanistan’s most vulnerable and needy.
AWAKEN – Afghan Women’s and Kids’ Education & Necessities, Inc. – was founded in 2002 by Bibi Bahrami. After immigrating from Afghanistan to Muncie, Indiana, in 1986, Bibi and her husband Saber, a physician, periodically visited their home village of Qala-e-Malakh, in Afghanistan, to help provide medical assistance to women and children. But their occasional visits weren’t enough, and in November 2002, the Bahramis, with the help of other concerned citizens, founded AWAKEN.
With a three-fold mission focused on education, healthcare, and vocational training, AWAKEN, Inc., raises funds and establishes the initiatives and projects that are then carried out by its sister NGO, AWAKEN Afghanistan.
Some Major Accomplishments
Serves 1,860 children and teens in grades 1 to 12.
Behsood Health Clinic
Cares for more than 36,000 patients every year
Provides more than 60 women each year vocational, literacy & hygiene training
Where We Work
The work of AWAKEN is overseen by a group of dedicated board members in Indiana who come from diverse backgrounds, religions, and occupations. But they are united by their commitment to improving the lives of women and children in the Behsood District of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province.
AWAKEN’s work is made possible through the generous support of hundreds of donors.
Board of Directors
Bibi Bahrami, President
Barb Stedman, Vice President
Gary Garofolo, Treasurer
Susan Magrath, Secretary