As millions of Iraqis face internal displacement, Tania Abul-Baseer Al-Neama wants to help her country and its displaced population. An art professor and university administrator at Salahaddin University, Tania uses her background in education and art to provide art therapy to children in refugee camps. She credits the Iraq University Linkages Program (ULP) with showing her how to combine her two passions.
In the two years since returning home to Pakistan from the US, Shagufta Nasreen has reshaped her students’ views on sustainable drinking water. According to the American Pakistan Foundation, the water crisis in Pakistan worsens by the day due to poor infrastructure, mismanagement of resources, and alternating bouts of extreme flooding and water scarcity. Because the roots of Pakistan’s water crisis run deep in the community, Nasreen knew targeting the habits of elder members would prove difficult. With modest funding provided through the Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Pakistan program, she focused her efforts on her students.