Others often assume that refugees are a drain to tax payers money, lazy, and even violent. This could not be more wrong. This young refugee has proven otherwise!
Axana Soltan was only ten years old when she was forced to leave her home to live in a refugee camp. She grew up in a camp where there was no clean water, no electricity, no hospitals and people had to beg for food. The environment was so harsh that other children would die due to preventable diseases.
Fortunately, from time to time, UNICEF would visit the camp and help out the community; they would feed, educate, give medicine and provide other essentials.
Axana had two choices, to emulate the harsh, negative environment she experienced in the refugee camp, or grow from the goodness that she saw in UNICEF.
She chose to grow her beautiful heart in the same way UNICEF has and helped others.
Five years after finding refuge in the U.S she founded Enhancing Children’s Living (ECL), a non-profit organization whose goal is “a world in which every child lives a healthy, fulfilling life and builds into smart, creative, and healthy children.”.
She was only 15 years old when she founded this organization. Through this, she has secured the education of over 1,700 children around the world.
This just goes to show that good can spur from chaos.
Refugees have so much to offer us, it is best to welcome them with open arms and treat them with respect.
It is so beautiful to see young women like Axana who are stepping up to help out children who need it most.
I hope that this story inspires others to break down their negative preconceived notions of refugees. Let’s spread love, positivity and equality always!
Read more at Good People Doing Good Things — Axana Soltan
Written by: Caroline Martinez