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DynCorp International Supports Afghan-American Women’s Association

a-awaWhen the Afghan-American Women’s Association (A-AWA) needed help shipping supplies to those in need in Afghanistan, DynCorp International answered the call. DI’s Supply Chain team, which moved 42 boxes of materials in and out of Afghanistan last year, worked with its in-theater transportation supplier, DAMCO, to find a solution for the transport of A-AWA’s critical supplies.

“We are proud to be able to support the A-AWA’s efforts in sending winter clothing and supplies to Afghan citizens in preparation for the cold winter months,” said Mark Mirelez, DynCorp International vice president, Supply Chain Management.

The A-AWA is a non-profit organization that each year collects clothing and monetary donations to send to needy areas of Afghanistan where local citizens, many of which are school-aged children, are in need of warm clothing for the winter season.

“For the past 4 years this program has grown larger each year with increasing positive impact for those in need.  Logistically, it has become very difficult for our organization to get these donations shipped to where they can be of use,” said Shahla Ahmadi, president and founder of the Afghan-American Women’s Association. “DI’s sponsorship and assistance is truly appreciated. It is an honor to be affiliated with a company that understands the importance of putting human need in focus.”

About the Afghan-American Women’s Association

A-AWA was founded as a result of the growing Afghan-American presence in the U.S., especially in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. A-AWA’s mission is to serve as a platform for organizing Afghan-American women through cultural, educational, charitable, and social activities. The needs of the Afghan-American community are many, as are the potential resources to address those needs. A-AWA serves as the connection between the needs of the community and available resources.

A-AWA’s primary goal is to obtain funding and construct a community center to serve the various needs of the community. In addition, they will continue to serve the local community by providing opportunities for educational, cultural, and professional growth.

The association’s position as a community organizer provides guidance to those most in need with appropriate services. A-AWA’s community outreach programs include assistance for newly-arrived immigrants, support for critically ill Afghans and their families, language and citizenship classes, educational presentations for the community, a venue for youth volunteerism, and clothing, food and medicine drives for the needy in Afghanistan.

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