About Us

Awake & Alive is a champion for educating children in Ethiopia, Africa. The children and families impacted by funding from Awake & Alive in the Kechene slum (located in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa) are among the poorest and most marginalized people in Ethiopia. Some call them cursed, Awake & Alive calls them blessed.


Awake & Alive was founded in Goshen, Indiana by two adoptive mothers—Danielle Black and Jolene Shrock. To further its purpose, Awake & Alive has provided grant funding to Bright Future Ethiopia, a highly-reputable Ethiopian nonprofit organization. In 2012 Bright Future Ethiopia opened Bright Future Academy in Kechene for 35 of the poorest and most marginalized children in the community.

Today, Bright Future Ethiopia provides an education and two meals a day to 200+ children, a large majority of which are orphans or half-orphans. In addition, Bright Future provides medical and general health education for the widows of the half-orphan students.

Providing grant funding for Bright Future Ethiopia to serve the students has been no small feat, but Awake & Alive has much bigger dreams for the people of Kechene and beyond.