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Fereshteh Ganjavi (USA)

Founder of Elena's Light

Fereshteh is an Afghan refugee who arrived in the US without the resources to thrive in her new country. After working incredibly hard to learn English while raising children with her husband, she earned her university degree and worked as a healthcare coordinator for the refugee community in New Haven, CT.  In recognition of the extraordinary opportunity that she was granted, Fereshteh founded Elena's Light to help refugees by providing in-home programs for their children in health and hygiene education and health services as well as local engagement activities to promote social integration within their new community.