On the heels of the opening of the first Afghan Cultural Center in Houston, TX, the first Afghan-American Empowerment Center was inaugurated in Virginia on January 21, 2018. Afghan Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Hamdullah Mohib delivered remarks at the opening ceremony alongside Shah Mahmood Miakhil, Country Director in Afghanistan for USIP and former Deputy Interior Minister of Afghanistan. Many Afghans attended the Empowerment Center, which aims to bring Afghans together and support one another through educational, social, and financial programs.
The center’s founder and chief, Mr. Nail Mahmood Miakhil, spoke about the center’s purpose to maintain Afghan culture and customs for the thousands of Afghans living in the United States, in the DMV area.
Ambassador Mohib expressed his appreciation over the creation of such a center in Virginia and other parts of the US, and said these kinds of initiatives are imperative in helping Afghans. Ambassador Mohib spoke about the many talents Afghans hold and how those skills can assist in the growth and development of the communities and countries in which they live. He added that the Afghan Embassy in Washington supports any initiative that brings Afghans together.
Mr. Shah Mahmood Miakhil shared Ambassador Mohib’s support for the establishment of the center. He said although Afghans have experienced warfare and many dangers, they do not lose hope or sight of what is important.