On January, 2008 I joined the military at the age of 39, and exactly a year later, I was on a plane to Afghanistan on military orders. Then, the following 12 months in Afghanistan completely changed my life.
My heart was troubled seeing Afghan people devastated from three decades of wars and conflicts. So many war widows, young and old, were living under chronic poverty without protection from their societies. Kids were without shoes and education. I thought of my two beautiful daughters. If they were born in Afghanistan, they would have had the same lives. My heart wept.
The average Afghan adult male makes about $30 a month. Medical doctors, who supposedly are the 1% brains of the country, make about $300 a month. 76% of Afghanistan is illiterate. 94% of Afghan widows are illiterate. These are astonishing statistic findings about Afghanistan. I was shocked!
I had to do something for them… Anything… I asked fellow soldiers to donate their old pairs of running shoes or combat boots. I posted small flyers around the outpost for shoes, clothes, food… anything. I emailed my home church in Indiana. I asked for help on my blog. People responded. Soldiers brought things they did not need any more; some were even brand new. Churches were moved. Charities gave hands.
By the end of the tour, 3,000 Afghanistan people were helped with various projects like Project Shoes-n-Clothes for Afghan Children, Project Shoes-n-Clothes for Afghan Soldiers, Project Combat Boots for Afghan Police, Project Afghan Literacy, Project Shoes for Local Workers, Project Medical Outreach, and Project Refugee Camp.
I had Dr. Rafi, a local medical doctor and co-founder, and Asad, our administrator in Afghanistan, who were right there with me to assist. Without them, I would not have been able to help so many Afghans. They went places I could not go and helped me gather information I needed to come up with ideas, plans and strategies to help the devastated Afghanistan people. Even to this very day, we communicate daily through emails, messengers, or phone calls.
HEME stands for Housing, Education, Medical, and Employment. Those are the four main areas we focus on to support the communities around the world. Heme is an essential part of hemoglobin that holds on to 4 oxygen molecules which enables red blood cells to deliver oxygen to every part of our body which is directly linked to survival, likewise the role of HEMEfund Worldwide is an essential part of survival for the people of Afghanistan and around the globe who lost their dreams or hope for tomorrow.
Afghanistan (Project Help Afghanistan) is where we started and widows and female orphans are our main focus in that country. Mothers make difference. They change the future of our lives. It is the mothers who taught us how to be better human beings when we were still too young to know what is right from wrong. Without them, we would have never been who we are now. In Afghanistan these mothers and young female orphans are abandoned and ignored. They are left uneducated and unprotected.
HEMEfund Worldwide wants to help them change this. We want to educate them. We want to train them with job skills. We want to build them homes. We want to provide them medical care. We want to help them gain back their respect, dignity, and independence from their society. We want to give them back their motherhood. We want to return their smiles back, because mothers without hope can mean chaos for tomorrow for their children. Most of all, we want to help them, “Dream the Impossible!” This is why we built our first vocational school in Afghanistan for these devastated widows and orphans and this is why we are planning to build 49 more satellite schools all around the country!
Of course, we are further developing plans for housing, local clinics, and additional job training and opportunities.
HEMEfund Worldwide will soon expand to different countries around the globe including Africa, Asia, Europe, Central and South America, and even to U.S. and Korea. To carry out this, we need your help. We need your support. We need your financial contribution, small or large, once or monthly, whatever your heart tells you to. And most of all, we need your prayers for us and for so many people around the world who are desperately needing our touch.
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- Honesty, nothing fabricated
This way we can be totally open to you, to show you that we do what we say we do. We understand this is the only way we can help you understand how your money is changing the lives of millions around the globe.
Many years ago, Martin Luther King shouted, “I have a DREAM!” Today, I am shouting out to all of you out there to “Dreams the Impossible!” If, at the age of 43, I understood that I can dream the impossible, I know you can too, especially for the younger generations. I challenge you right now to not just dream, but to DREAM the IMPOSSIBLE!
Thank you so much for your generous support!
Deo Volente,(=if God so wills)
Founder and President of