Rayan Bahri: My Journey to Becoming a Humble Person

“My parents immigrated to the U.S. 32 years ago. They appreciate and cherish living in this country. The opportunities it has to offer are endless. What they left behind is no match for what this country has to offer.”

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Maryia Karniyenka: A Chance to Achieve

“America has given me the most important gift of all, the opportunity to become a physician. It will take hard work, but the only person who is able to help me to achieve this goal is myself.”

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Sofia Babool: The Hyphen

“Today, I no longer consider myself as solely American, or only Muslim, or only a scientist or only an artist, but rather I see myself as a beautiful canvas, brushing strokes of my passions and religious identity every day.”

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MALA Recognized as a Vetted Organization by GlobalGiving

In 2018, MALA is excited to continue our partnership as a vetted organization with GlobalGiving. Over the past year, MALA has been actively engaged in the GlobalGiving community, raising over $10,000 in generous donations.

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Zagham Chaudry: A Powerful Voice Can’t Be Discouraged

“Yes, there were bullies, but there were also those who stood up to those bullies with me. Yes, there was unconstitutional spying, but there were also organizations like MALA that stood with American Muslims.”

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Assita Barro: The Memory of Something Great

“I saw that many people in my country did not have access to basic needs like food and medical care. When we moved back to America, these experiences drove me to take advantage of every opportunity because I was conscious of how thankful many people would be to be in my situation.”

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Neamat Ullah: Life is Like a Stock Market

“Watching my parents work and my 16-year-old brother sacrifice his education to help our family has inspired me to focus on my own education.”

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Anxhela Ndrio: Challenging Boundaries for Universal Human Rights

“My story begins way back in Greece. My parents are from Albania, actually: my mom is Bosnian-Albanian and my dad strictly Albanian. They actually ran away because my mother’s family and my dad’s family did not agree with them being together, considering they came from different religious backgrounds.”

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Nasser Hassoun: Peace Through Diplomacy  

“I’ve known helping the Muslim community is something I am passionate about for some time, but it wasn’t until my second semester on campus that I decided to choose my career path.”

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Gezim Kashtanjeva: An Immigrant’s Child’s Appreciation

“Being Albanian and being born in the U.S. has helped me grow and live side by side with people regardless of religious preference. One can only imagine the gratitude we pay to America for not allowing things to go further and for allowing refugees from our country into the States to seek asylum.”

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