Sukarya USA is pleased to have Afeef Sheikh as our Youth Ambassador on the Advisory Board. With his passion for education for underprivileged children, he is committed and enthused to help further Sukarya's Education on Wheels (EOW) program which provides non-formal education to the children living in the slums of Delhi, haryana and Rajasthan through uniquely designed & equipped mobile classrooms.
Afeef is the founder of The Literacy Crusade (TLC), an initiative that aims to promote global literacy among underprivileged children. Over 8,000 books, school supplies, backpacks, sports equipment, and desks have been donated to schools, orphanages, hospitals, and libraries across India, Nepal, Syria, Jordan, Pakistan, Uganda, Somalia, Cambodia, Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand, and USA. TLC has also funded mobile classrooms in remote villages in India, construction of orphanages and school buildings in Somalia, and tuition fees and school uniforms in Pakistan. Locally, 600 budding scholars have benefited from the classroom reading sessions.
Acknowledging Afeef’s efforts, former President Barack Obama presented him with the President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award. He also received commendation letters from the U.S. Congress and the Washington State House of Representatives. Afeef was recognized as the Youth Spirit Honoree by the SAMMI Awards Foundation.
Besides community service, Afeef’s fascination lies in leveraging technology to develop innovative solutions for common problems that can transform human lives. He recently developed a 3D-printed prosthetic hand that assists upper-limb amputees to write and draw. Afeef has also designed an affordable alternative solution to address the rehabilitation challenges associated with a neurological disorder called the Phantom Limb Syndrome. Recognizing the potential impact of this solution for treating war injuries, the U.S. Department of Defense invited him to present his work at a National Symposium. His research paper on the same topic was published in the international journals: IJGHPC and IEEE Xplore.
Currently, Afeef Sheikh is a sophomore pursuing Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the Frames and Structures Lead at Texas Guadaloop where he works with fellow undergraduate and graduate students to design a Hyperloop transportation pod to redefine modern high-speed transportation.