NATALIE COLE (1950-2015)

“Natalie, we will never forget you”

Director of the Board of Afghanistan World Foundation
and our most treasured Celebrity Ambassador

Natalie ColeNatalie Cole cared about Afghanistan even before the Afghanistan World Foundation (AWF) was founded in 2003. She grew to know the Afghan people through the eyes of her dearest friend Sonia Nassery Cole, a native Afghan who left the country during the Soviet Invasion. Together, they raised awareness of the plight and tragedy of the Afghan people under Taliban Control and the subsequent United States liberation post 9/11. Time to Give” gala in December 2003 honoring Muhammad Ali with performances by Stevie Wonder and Natalie Cole and filled with a celebrity rooster of guests, laid the foundation of the Mother and Child Hospital in Kabul which today is the French Medical Institute for Children

Natalie Cole was unstinting in her commitment to the Afghan people and used her platform at AWF to promote their culture, tradition, and values through music with her title song Freedom (‘Azadi’)for the film Black Tulip. She travelled to Afghanistan in 2010 for the premiere of “Black Tulip” and met with General David Petraeus as well as performed for the International Security Assistance Forces, the American Embassy and at the Ariana Theater in Kabul. And for Natalie, the highlight of her visit was meeting the Afghan people whom she loved and from whom she found much inspiration from their resilience in their struggles. The Afghan children touched her warm, indomitable spirit and she reciprocated by leaving us with an unforgettable memory of her selfless gift of generosity and song that help us fight for the freedom of the Afghan people in their beloved homeland.

Natalie Cole was a wonderful woman of great substance and a great humanitarian. We thank you for your devoted twelve years of service to the Afghanistan World Foundation and you will forever be our Honorary Board Member in your final resting abode in God’s Kingdom where you rest in Eternal Peace.

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The mission of the Afghanistan World Foundation (AWF) is to provide multilevel broad-based support at the grass roots level pursuant to the Afghan National Development Framework (NDF) mandate. AWF action programs are based on high priority survival needs in Afghanistan such as education, economic development and emergency health services, hospitals, mobile care systems, and enhancing social opportunities for Afghan women and children. The AWF is investing in rebuilding schools, health services and related core social programs relevant to the needs of twenty-first century Afghanistan as it embarks upon a promising future.

The Board of the Afghanistan World Foundation is dedicated to increasing public awareness by spotlighting these critical needs and on developing effective solutions. AWF produces media worthy events and programs to attract the support of the public, donors, volunteers and securing involvement of decision makers. AWF also works with other agencies focused on serving special areas of Afghan humanitarian needs, as well as with USA and International officials involved in helping rebuild and protect the newly won freedoms of Afghanistan.

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