About Us

Awake & Alive is a champion for educating children in Ethiopia, Africa. The children and families served by 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 partnered with Bright Future, a highly reputable Ethiopian nonprofit organization. In 2012 Awake & Alive and Bright Future opened Bright Future Academy in Kechene for 35 of the poorest and most marginalized children in Ethiopia. Today, the all-Ethiopian staff provides full educational services for 103 children (4 to 7-years-old), 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.

Partnering with Bright Future to open an academy has been no small feat, but Awake & Alive has much bigger dreams for the people of Kechene and beyond. Bright Future Academy will welcome 35 more children for the 2015-16 school year as we continue to provide the tools these children need to break the cycle of poverty.