Who WeAre


To empower grassroots community development through support for quality organizations that provide education, health, social and economic programming.

The Sakena Fund (formerly known as Creating Hope International) is a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status in the USA. Our goal is to assist foreign organizations that work at the grass roots level providing education, healthcare and community development. Sakena Fund is the fiscal sponsor for the Afghan Institute of Learning, and supports Dr. Yacoobi's private health, education and media enterprises in Afghanistan. Sakena Fund also contributes to other NGOs.

Our Team

Sakena Yacoobi

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi

Executive Director

Yelda Saeed

Yelda Saeed

Assistant to the Executive Director

Elizabeth Appleyard

Elizabeth Appleyard

Report Writer

Nancy Mendicki

Nancy Mendicki


Board of Directors

  • Dr. Sakena Yacoobi - President and Chair
  • Daniel Appleyard
  • Behzad Boroumand - Treasurer
  • Dr. Parvin Boroumand
  • Jon Freeman
  • Kathryn Hanson - Head of Governance Committee
  • Stans Kleijnen
  • Diane Wexler- Head of Development Committee
  • Liela Yacoobi - Secretary

Creating Hope International has recently changed its name to Sakena Fund. Name change verification can be found at the Michigan Secretary of State website here.

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