• About ECI

    Enabled Children Initiative is an independent non-profit registered in the US as a 501 c3, as a charity in the UK, and as a charity in Afghanistan. ECI supports orphaned and abandoned children with disabilities, and those at risk of being abandoned, in Afghanistan. We work to improve the children’s quality of life and help them reach their full potential. Our staff are all volunteers, which means 100% of funds raised go directly to the benefit of the children we support, their caretakers, and educators.

    Activities

    ECI provides comprehensive residential services to support orphans with disabilities in one private care home in Kabul, Window of Hope, and works with the UK charity Children in Crisis to provide support to orphans with disabilities residing in the two state orphanages in Kabul--Allahuddin, and Tahia Maskan. ECI is in the process of building a Community Center in Kabul that will include comprehensive rehabilitative and support services, a school and daycare, a vocational training program for adults, as well as a limited residential space for abandoned children with disabilities and an independent living home to accommodate those children as they transition to adulthood.

    Unique Services

    ECI provides a unique service in Afghanistan not currently offered by the Afghan government or other NGOs. We provide a safety net to some the most vulnerable children in need of protection and nurturing.

  • ABOUT US

    LEADERSHIP

    Lael Mohib

    Executive Director & Member of Board of Trustees

    Lael is director of the Enabled Children Initiative, which she founded in 2012. She has lived and worked in Afghanistan since 2009.

    Laila Nazeri

    UK Board of Trustees

    Laila is currently serving as a Human Rights Officer for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva. From 2009 to 2013, she worked in Afghanistan. Laila volunteered at Window of Hope private care home in Kabul from 2010 to 2014.

    Karen Dahlgren

    UK Board of Trustees

    Karen works for Leicestershire County Council in the UK as social worker. From 2007 to 2012, she worked for Children in Crisis in Kabul as a Social Work Advisor and volunteered at Window of Hope. Involvement with several cases of abandoned children with special needs prompted her to become involved in advocating for support for these children.

    Bethan Silcox

    UK Board of Trustees

    Bethan serves as Womankind’s Major Grants Manager. She has 13 years’ experience of working in international development, previously with Children in Crisis and Sense International. She has worked in Afghanistan and Volunteered with ECI UK since its inception.

    Siavash Rahbari

    US Board of Trustees

    Siavash is currently the Rule of Law Specialist at The Asia Foundation in Kabul where he works on legal aid policy and legal education. In Afghanistan, he has worked with the ​​Open Society Foundation, the International Development Law Organization, and the International Legal Foundation. He has volunteered at Window of Hope care home since 2009.

    Jennifer Glasse

    US Board of Trustees

    Jennifer has been with Al Jazeera English since 2011, and is now a correspondent in Kabul in Afghanistan. She has reported across continents for multiple news organizations since 1993. In 1997, she won an Overseas Press Club award for her work in Zaire and in 2003 she received a Gracie Allen award.

    Shahin Mafi

    US Advisory Council

    Shahin is the founder and CEO of Home Health Connection, Inc. (HHC). Shahin was born and raised in Tehran, Iran, and attended university in the USA. In 1990, Shahin moved to the United States to join her family. In addition to her many business ventures and nonprofit work, Shahin has a strong interest in human rights issues around the world. Drawing from her work experience in human rights and a desire to provide resources on a more impactful level, Shahin established the Azar Foundation for Children of the World in 2003 in order to promote the health and security of mother and child. Shahin is one of

    ECI’s strong supporters in the United States.

    Diana Bowen

    US Advisory Council

    Diana is a lawyer who has held multiple positions in support of governance, national parliamentary assistance programs, and civil society programs in Afghanistan over the past several years. Diana most recently served as Chief of Party for the International Development Law Organization in Afghanistan. Diana has been a long-time supporter of the children at Window of Hope, visiting them regularly during her time in Afghanistan.

    Isabel Hodge

    US Advisory Council

    Isabel Hodge is the Executive Director at the United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) and the Vice President of Disabled Peoples’ International North American Caribbean (DPI NAC). She is originally from Glasgow, Scotland and a Marine Corps veteran. Prior to joining USICD in 2015, she was a Senior Program Analyst at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Special Needs, an Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Specialist for Headquarters Marine Corps and an installation EFMP Program Manager.

    Sadat Mansoor Naderi

    US Advisory Council

    Sadat Mansoor Naderi is an Afghan businessman and politician belonging to one of Afghanistan’s most prominent spiritual families. He most recently served as the Minister of Urban Development and Housing from 2015 until 2017. During his tenure as Minister of Urban Development, he was awarded by the President of Afghanistan the highest civilian honor, the Wazir Akbar Khan medal, for the reforms and anti-corruption efforts he led at the ministry. Mr. Naderi has been a strong supporter, and one of the first, of ECI’s endeavor to build a disability support center in Kabul.

    Ilaha Eli Omar

    US Advisory Council

    Ilaha Eli Omar Is a social impact expert who spent the early half of her career building a successful technical staffing company, and is now devoted to international development work. She helps non-profit organizations transition from donor-based dependency to self-sustainable entities. She is a firm believer that the greatest impact lies in fostering sustainable results for the beneficiary, while building a strong legacy of social good for the philanthropist. Ilaha is a member of the US-Afghan Women’s Council and, though born in Kabul, now resides in San Francisco, California. She has volunteered with ECI for the past two years.

    Afghan Advisory Council

    18 Members

    1. Zarmina Behroz, Program Manager, Children in Crisis/Street Child UK

    2. Gul Maky Siawash, Director of the Kabul Orthopedic Organization

    3. Mahpekay, Prosthetist-Orthotist, Kabul Orthopedic Organization

    4. Ejaz Malikzada, External Relations Officer at Afghanistan Institute for Strategic Studies and family member of person with disability

    5. Bashir Ahmad “Wali”, Deputy Minister for Military Coordination of Martyrs and Disabled Affairs, State Ministry for Disability and Martyrs Affairs

    6.Abdul Khaliq Zazai, Executive Director and Founder of Accessibility Organization for Afghan Disabled

    7. Mehdi Salami, Director and Co-Founder, Organization of Rahyab for Rehabilitation Services for the Blind

    8. Benafsha Yaqoobi, Commissioner, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission

    9. Samiulhaq Sami, Disability Rights and Inclusion Advisor, Humanity Inclusion

    10. Frozan Haidari, Housemother and Co-Manager, Window of Hope

    11. Nasir Ghaznawi, Co-manager, Window of Hope

    12. Jamila Afghani, former Deputy Minister on Disability, Consultant (Medica Afghanistan & Women International League for Peace and Freedom)

    13. Mohammad Saleem Wardak, Managing Director, Help 4 Afghan Heroes

    14.Alberto Cairo, Head of Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Afghanistan, International Committee of the Red Cross

    15. Fiona Gall, Director, Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief and Development

    16. Sadiq Mohibi, Disability Rights Activist

    17. Dr. Razi Khan Hamdard, Physiotherapists-Disability expert & independent consultant

    18. Omara Khan Muneeb, Advisor to President on Disability Affairs

     

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