Starkey Hearing Foundation Bestows Global Humanitarian Award Upon Bayat Foundation Co-founders Dr. Ehsan Bayat And Mrs. Fatema Laya Bayat

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Afghanistan's Most Renowned Philanthropists Honored For Their Efforts To Bring Hearing Healing And Hope To Afghans

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bayat Foundation (,

Afghanistan's largest, private, non-profit Health, Education and Social Development Organization, announced today that Dr. Ehsan Bayat, the Bayat Foundation's Co-Founder and Chairman, and Mrs. Fatema Laya Bayat, Bayat Foundation Co-Founder and President, received the 2018 global humanitarian award from Starkey Hearing Foundation (

The award, Starkey Hearing Foundation's most prestigious honor, was presented to Dr. and Mrs. Bayat during the annual So the World May Hear Awards Gala on July 15, 2018. Previous recipients of the global humanitarian award include Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The So the World May Hear Awarda Gala—among the most popular and successful events of the philanthropic year—was attended by an audience of the world's most influential, successful and beloved artists, entertainers, philanthropists and political leaders.

Starkey Hearing Foundation, a public charity founded by William F. Austin, gives the gift of hearing to people in need throughout the world. The global humanitarian award—Starkey Hearing Foundation's highest commendation—celebrates two of the Bayat Foundation's most vital initiatives: the joint Bayat-Starkey Afghanistan Hearing Care Missions, which have brought the gift of hearing to over 4,000 Afghans over the past four years, as well as the Bayat Foundation's tremendous success in providing Education, Healthcare, Clean Water, Emergency and Family Assistance to millions of Afghans since 2006.

Since 2014, The Bayat Foundation and Starkey Hearing Foundation have conducted an annual hearing care mission in Afghanistan. Working from specially constructed mobile care centers in Herat, Mazar-I-Sharif, Kabul City and other Afghan cities and regions, joint teams of Bayat-Starkey Hearing Care Specialists, have restored the hearing of over 4,000 Afghans, who were affected by hearing loss or other forms of hearing impairment.

In addition to the annual hearing care missions, teams of hearing care specialists, based in Afghanistan, provide essential follow up care services to patients.

"Receiving this award from Starkey Hearing Foundation is a great honor for my wife, Fatema Laya, and myself," said Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, the Chairman of The Bayat Foundation. "In 2006, when my wife and I started The Bayat Foundation, we had a simple, but powerful wish—we wanted to nourish the lives of Afghans by providing essential healthcare, education, and clean water—the basic necessities of life," Dr. Bayat said.

"The strong and steadfast partnership between The Bayat Foundation, and The Starkey Hearing Foundation, has brought the Gift of Hearing to thousands of at risk Afghans," Dr. Bayat said. "And these missions are a beautiful example of how, by working together with committed partners such as the Starkey team, we can help Afghans live better and healthier lives."

"Together, The Bayat Foundation and Starkey Hearing Foundation have brought hearing, healing and hope to thousands of Afghans, living in every part of the nation," said Bayat Foundation President Mrs. Fatema Laya Bayat. "When we nourish people by helping them to hear, to learn, and to live healthier lives, then, people are able to flourish and build a better tomorrow—not just for themselves—but for their families and for Afghanistan," Mrs. Bayat said.

About the Bayat Foundation:Since 2005, the US-based Bayat Foundation, a 501 c (3) charitable organization, has promoted the well-being of the Afghan people. Founded and directed by Ehsanollah Bayat and Fatema Bayat, the Foundation has contributed to more than 300 projects dedicated to improving the quality of life for the youth, women, poor, and elderly of Afghanistan; including construction of 13 maternity hospitals that have now treated over 2,000,000 mothers and babies. 

Projects have included the construction of new facilities and sustainable infrastructure in needy regions, and the promotion of health, education, economic, and cultural programs. In addition to his charitable initiatives, Ehsanollah Bayat founded Afghan Wireless (AWCC) in 2002, which was the first GSM wireless and Internet Service Provider in Afghanistan, and later established Ariana Radio and Television Network (ATN), which includes Ariana Radio (FM 93.5). For more information, please email

About Starkey Hearing Foundation:Starkey Hearing Foundation, a public charity co-founded by William F. Austin and Tani Austin, gives the gift of hearing to people in need in the U.S. and around the world. Disabling hearing loss affects more than 466 million people, including 34 million children, yet many do not have access to the hearing devices that improve lives and promote understanding. Since origination, Starkey Hearing Foundation has provided more than 1.1 million hearing health care services to patients. Starkey Hearing Foundation focuses on hearing health missions, hearing loss education and hearing aid recycling. Connect with Starkey Hearing Foundation on Facebook and Twitter, or visit

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