Founder of AWAKEN, Bibi Bahrami
January 23, 2020, 6:30pm - Plymouth Congregational Church
Free and Open to the Public
We are excited to welcome Bibi Bahrami to Fort Wayne, and to hear her story! In 1980, when she was 14 years old, her family was forced to flee Afghanistan following the Soviet Union's invasion. After six years living and working in a refugee camp in Pakistan, Bibi was able to move to the US and start a new life. In 2002, moved by the struggles of the people living in her home village of Qala-e-Malakh, in the Behsood District, Bibi decided to work to build an elementary school. After sharing and discussing this vision with friends in her new home of Indiana, she founded AWAKEN (Afghan Women’s and Kids’ Education and Necessities), focusing on improving education, healthcare, and vocational training for villages in Afghanistan. AWAKEN’s school has 1000+ K-12 students, its clinic serves 500+ families, and its vocational centers teach women to read, write, and become self-sufficient.