Be There for One Another: Samira Harnish

An Iraqi teenager, Samira Harnish came to the U.S. because of an arranged marriage. Struggling against bigotry and poverty, she earned a degree in Civil Engineering. After settling in Boise, Idaho, Samira got a job as a semiconductor manufacturing engineer; as a research and development engineer, she was integral to the development some of the most advanced memory products ever assembled. When she retired, Samira was in charge of storage node development at the largest domestic manufacturer of semiconductor memory. For Samira, serving her adopted homeland and her community has always been important. As a member of Women in Engineering, she educated young women in the sciences, assisted the elderly in Meals on Wheels, and interpreted in Arabic within both the courts and healthcare sectors. Lifelong Dream In 2010, Samira fulfilled her lifelong dream by founding a nonprofit organization devoted to assisting women refugees who have suffered mental and physical trauma in war and camps: Women of the World. Located in Utah, WoW's mission is to help women achieve self-sufficiency, and their dreams, in the U.S. Samira calls WoW "my heart on my sleeve." WoW's introductory documentary … [Read more...]

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