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Rescued Dreams: Afghan Women’s Path to Prosperity in the U.S.

Rescued Dreams:
Afghan Women's Path to Prosperity in the U.S.

In the recent news article from Fox News, a remarkable tale of courage, compassion, and resilience emerges as a group of Afghan Women evacuated from Afghanistan continue to thrive in their new home two years after the fall of Kabul. Amid the chaos and uncertainty of those times, these women’s inspiring journey stands as a testament to the power of individuals coming together to make a difference. This blog delves into an extraordinary narrative highlighting Afghan women’s hope’s triumph over adversity. 

Empowering the Vulnerable: The Afghan Women's Story: 

Vicki Mayo, the founder of the Mayo Family Foundation, played a pivotal role in orchestrating the rescue of 147 women from Afghanistan. These women, belonging to the marginalized Afghan Women, faced years of persecution and threats to their lives due to their ethnicity and religious beliefs. With the resurgence of the Taliban during the 2021 U.S. withdrawal, their safety was further compromised, pushing over a hundred of them to attempt an extremely dangerous escape from their homeland.

Fostering Hope Amid Adversity: Vicki Mayo's Vision: 

Vicki Mayo’s dedication to shaping these women’s futures is a beacon of hope. In her conversation with Fox News Digital, she conveyed, “These girls are looking for their future. They’re doing well, they’ve adjusted… the girls are happy, healthy, and looking forward to a bright and optimistic future.” Mayo’s words resonate with the indomitable spirit of resilience that these women embody.

Empowering Change: The Role of Private Citizens: 

A particularly compelling aspect of this narrative is the involvement of private citizens like Vicki Mayo and her husband, who channeled their collective determination to create a positive impact. Against the backdrop of the tumultuous final days of the longest U.S. war, Mayo harnessed her connections to assemble a team of ex-military and special forces veterans. This skilled team worked tirelessly to plan and execute the complex rescue operation intricately.

Surviving Persecution: The Afghan Women's Courageous Struggle: 

The Afghan Women, constituting around 20% of Afghanistan’s population, has faced a history of persecution, particularly during the rule of the Taliban. Yet, these women clung to their dreams of safety and opportunity. Despite the challenges, their resilience prevailed. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum notes that their plight endures with escalating attacks following the Taliban’s return to power.

Overcoming Challenges: Navigating the Complexities of Evacuation:

Mayo’s efforts shed light on the grave risks these women confronted. She underscored the spectrum of danger posed by the Taliban, ranging from potential death to human trafficking. Navigating a path to safety was a journey fraught with obstacles, demanding multiple attempts to evacuate them from Afghanistan safely.

A Multi-Phase Rescue Mission: Navigating the Path to Safety: 

Mayo meticulously outlined the three-phase rescue plan:
  • Transporting them to the airport
  • Securing a plane
  • Obtaining crucial visas for their legal stay in the United States

Though initial attempts faced setbacks, including a devastating bomb blast, Mayo’s unwavering commitment ultimately led to the successful evacuation of 148 women from Afghanistan.

A New Chapter of Hope: Education and Integration: 

Arriving in the U.S. is far from the end of the story. Settling initially in Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, as part of a broader group of Afghan refugees, these women embarked on a fresh chapter. Scholarships granted them access to prestigious universities, facilitating the pursuit of education and personal growth. Mayo’s commitment ensured their seamless integration into a supportive community.

Realizing Possibilities: Success and Opportunities in a New Land: 

Over 60 of these women found a new home in Arizona under the Mayo Family Foundation’s guidance. Here, they received educational opportunities and connections with business leaders, revealing the limitless potential of their new life in the United States. As Mayo shared, they embraced internships and pursued their academic passions, embodying the unwavering spirit that defines their journey.

A Personal Connection: Mayo's Dream Fulfilled: 

As a first-generation immigrant herself, Vicki Mayo deeply understands the profound impact of support and opportunity. Her joy in facilitating these women’s achievement of dreams once deemed unattainable is palpable. Reflecting on their remarkable progress within just two years, Mayo’s sentiment echoes: “Truly, just to hear the words that these Afghan women are located in Arizona is a miracle in and of itself.”

Conclusion: A Beacon of Hope: 

In a world often dominated by uncertainty and division, this story radiates as a beacon of hope. It serves as a powerful reminder that compassion, collaboration, and determination can conquer even the most formidable challenges, transforming lives and enabling individuals not only to endure but also to thrive against all odds. A mission can be accomplished with the right amount of purpose, regardless of the chances of winning.
The pages of the recent news article from Fox News come to life, showcasing the transformative impact of empathy, determination, and a helping hand on the lives of those in need. The triumph of these Afghan Women in their new homeland stands as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the limitless prospects that lie ahead.

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Wildfires burned out of control throughout the island of Maui

Wildfires burned out of control throughout the island of Maui.


As you may know, on Tuesday, August 8th, wildfires burned out of control throughout the island of Maui. The worst of the fires was on the west side, and most of the historic Lahaina town was burned. First responders report 99 casualties, expected to rise as only 25% of the area has been searched. Over 2,200 businesses and homes have been lost to the fire. Thousands remain in shelters or displaced, without power, cell service, or access to food and supplies.

This will be the deadliest disaster in Hawaii’s history and one of the deadliest US wildfires in the past five years. Complicating recovery efforts are the logistics of the island and limited access. The focus remains on getting residents and visitors to safety.

MFF has been following these events closely and has chosen to support the Legacy of Aloha Foundation. This organization was started and is run by a local family that has a vested stake in rebuilding Hawaii with their family living and operating local restaurants on the island for generations. More info about rebuilding efforts and the Legacy of Aloha Foundation can be found at the link below.

Legacy of Aloha Foundation

TS Restaurants is currently accepting donations through its Legacy of Aloha Foundation. This tax-exempt 501©(3) organization aims to provide grants to Maui employees who have lost their homes or have been displaced. All funds raised will support the Maui community, with any excess funds being donated to accredited nonprofits working tirelessly on the ground in Maui. To learn more about the Legacy of Aloha Foundation, please visit

Thank you for your generosity.

Bernadette Thies

Executive Director
Mayo Family Foundation

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