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“To spread the message of one human race,” says humanitarian, Baha’i and non-profit founder Puneh Ala’i, explaining why she goes to war zones to alleviate human suffering. During her first trip to Syria, Puneh realizes that simply taking supplies and food aid to those who suffer isn’t a sustainable strategy—so she and a colleague start a school for Syrian refugee children, called Birds of Hope. Its mission? “To teach every student, even though they’ve endured psychological trauma, that they can be agents of change for something better and more positive.” Puneh says “I encourage you to live with your hearts open, to respond with love, and to actively make a difference.”

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  • Kiana Kiarashpoor Berkman
    Apr 30, 2018
    So incredibly proud of you Pouneh! You are in my prayers always!
  • Tricia Hague-Barrett
    Apr 29, 2018
    Wonderful and inspiring effort.