Hawi Awash. A Senior in high school but her imagination, creativity, and compassion shows us all that age ain’t nothing but a number. From a young age, Awash has always dreamed of helping children who face and live in economic disparity. She and her family lived in several East African countries and she knows first hand, how hard life can be with out the basic needs of survival. Instead of turning her head away from her people and working on her self and her own needs when she came to the United States, Awash has chosen to give back to Africa.
At the age of fifteen, Awash organized an event for charity: water, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Through this non-profit, she helped raise 8,000 dollars for children in East Africa that have HIV/AIDS. Awash was also crowned Miss Teen Africa 2012 and Diamond Doll Beauty Queen 2012. These titles give her opportunities to host community events and empower youth like herself. Awash is currently working on a virtual campaign, “Life In a Glass”, she is working with Charity Water again to fundraise just in time for the holiday season.
There were many women I could of chose to start the series of posts about women who are changing the world, one community at a time. However, I chose Awash because of her age, her past, and her bright future. She is still a teenager, the only time when it is socially acceptable to focus only on oneself and worry about the world later. However, Awash, at such a youthful age has chosen to worry about the world today and even more inspirational, to do something about it. If she can do it, than why cant we all? It is young women like her that gives us hope that the future of East Africa is in caring hands.
Awash lives by a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, ““The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
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