Angel Watching Over Me (AWOM), is a non-for profit organization founded by wardrobe stylist, fashion designer, and entrepreneur, Sarah Akiba. Born in Paris, France, and raised in Miami, FL, the loss of her father to lung cancer in 2013 is what inspired the development of this foundation to fund other non-profits, while uniting individual communities who have lost their own angel.
In November of 2015, during lung cancer awareness month, Sarah combined her love for fashion with the tragic loss of her father, to create the first AWOM philanthropy event. By designing a series of hats, she raised over two thousand dollars in just one evening. All proceeds were donated to The American Lung Association and Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, to contribute in raising awareness. Overnight, #angelwatchingoverme sparked a social media trend where victims of loss honored their angels by sharing their personal stories.
Shortly after, the Angel Watching Over Me Foundation has grown tremendously supporting victims and families who have been left behind by a loving friend, relative, or special person who passionately influenced their life. AWOM strives to collaborate with other organizations to serve as their Earth Angel through volunteering and collecting donations. After an incredibly successful event, this foundation has hosted a sequence of global affairs.
Every other week, AWOM hosts support groups with Time Emotional Guidance Center, for individuals who have lost a loved one in both Miami and New York called Time Talks. In addition, we have hosted Halloween parties for both Miami Children's Hospital and Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, while also teaming up with the Miami Rescue Mission for the holidays, donating over 300 toys every Christmas. The foundation participates with Live Love Give Elyse Marcus Foundation for a 5k run, and has expanded into a direction for future female leaders with AWOM Girls Club at Olsen Middle School.
Being run by young female influencers, Angel Watching Over Me has uniquely expanded into a fresh and relevant growth by producing our own magazine and podcast, AWOM Journal and AWOM radio. We have built a local co-working space that is female driven, incorporating monthly events to bring our community together in mind, body, and spirit starting with our AWOM Flow monthly yoga and hip hop classes.
We are more than a foundation and support group. We are creating and enhancing our communities. By continuing our contributions through philanthropy, events, and donations, our expansion has only begun, and our team of influencers are driving our angels home. No one should have to experience loss on their own. Join us and and be found. Be our new angel.