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ASHOKA LAUNCHES “GREAT CHANGEMAKERS START IN THEIR YOUTH”
Born to a middle class family in Afghanistan, Sakena and her siblings were raised in an environment where they were expected to go to school. In her youth, Sakena was accepted to medical school but was unable to attend, as there was no dormitory for girls. Instead her father sent her to the U.S. for school to receive a degree in biological sciences and later a masters in public health.
The name of Ahmad’s organization, Dubarah, means “I’ve got your back” in Arabic. Since 2013 it has been empowering those forced by conflicts in Iraq and, chiefly, his own Syria to flee to unknown places, giving up all. After becoming a refugee himself, Ahmad leveraged his background in marketing and communications and built a web platform that mobilizes the Syrian diaspora—old and new—into active mutual support networks.
In Switzerland, Ashoka nominates one or two social entrepreneurs every year to be part of our fellowship programme. Ashoka fellows are visionaries who develop innovative solutions that fundamentally change how society operates.
Dear Friends of Ashoka,
Ashoka needs your help, if at all possible before its fiscal year ends August 31 (to help with a match challenge). Ashoka could double the number of Fellows it elects in six months if it had the resources. And it needs your help if it is to help society see and seize the historic turning point now before us.
Imagine a country where social problems don’t outrun solutions and where all Americans participate in social change, no matter who they are or where they’re from. This is what we’re working toward.