How Sneaking into War-Torn Syria Changed My Life | Puneh Ala’i

In this talk, produced by Bahaiteachings.org, Puneh Ala’i, the founder of For the Unseen, a non-profit organization focused on creating sustainable solutions for the relief of human suffering, recounts her first trip to the war in Syria, why she went, and how it changed her life. 
During her first trip to Syria, Puneh realized that simply taking supplies and food aid to those who suffer isn’t a sustainable strategy — so she and a colleague started 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 said. “I encourage you to live with your hearts open, to respond with love, and to actively make a difference.”

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Sonjel Vreeland

In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a mother, a wife and a bookworm but professionally she is a museologist and a library technician. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.

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