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Maybe their Bethel experience helped them leave with open eyes, and then when they had a chance to look around, they said, I can make the world a better place.
Allen Jantz, ’84

Young Alumnus Award

Palwasha Kakar, Kabul, Afghanistan, majored in Bible and religion and minored in peace studies, graduating in 1999 with a bachelor of arts degree.

Kakar started work Jan. 27 as a senior program staff member in the Religion and Peacemaking Department at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., helping to manage programs in at least five countries.

Most recently, she was the Afghanistan director of Women’s Empowerment and Development Programs for The Asia Foundation, overseeing seven projects and writing proposals that won $30 million in funding. Before that, Kakar managed programs on local governance, civil society, education and gender, and a nationwide small grants program with United Nations Development Programme in Afghanistan. She also has worked with The Gender Studies Institute and the World Bank.

Kakar will receive the Young Alumnus Award during convocation in spring, tentatively scheduled for March 14.