DynCorp International recently partnered with DHL Express to support the Afghan-American Women’s Association (A-AWA) by delivering donations from their annual winter coat drive to Afghanistan. Together, the companies helped bring nearly 150 boxes of winter clothing and supplies to those in need to prepare for the harsh winter months in Afghanistan.
“With an increasing number of partners such as the DynCorp International and DHL Express, the Winter Coat Drive Project, which stands at the heart of our activities, will have the capacity to cover more vulnerable families during the harsh winters of Afghanistan,” said Shahla Ahmadi, Afghan-American Women’s Association president.
Hundreds in high-need Afghan communities will benefit from more than 6,000 pounds of donations from the coat drive, an annual initiative launched in 2010. Throughout the years, the drive has grown through community support and coordinating transport to Afghanistan required the assistance provided by DI and DHL.
“Being able to make a positive impact in some of the communities where we work is a priority for DI,” said Mark Mirelez, DynCorp International vice president, Supply Chain Management. “We are grateful for this partnership with DHL Express that has allowed us to continue our support of the Afghan-American Women’s Association.”
“DHL Express is proud to leverage its global network to help the supplies and clothing gathered by A-AWA make its way into the hands of Afghan women and children in need,” said Mike Parra, CEO of DHL Express U.S. “By joining forces with DI, we truly support our mission of connecting people and improving lives – in this case making a difference in the lives of thousands of Afghan citizens.”
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.