Educator Making Impact



Safida came to New York in 2010 from the Hunza Valley in northern Pakistan and began attending workshops at BCNA while she applied for asylum. Although she already earned a BA and MA in Education from her home country and had been the first female school principal in her town in Pakistan, she knew she needed to become re-certified to be able to work as an educator in the United States. Safida found that not having a laptop was delaying her re-certification, so she enrolled in BCNA’s IDA program to save $2,000 and received a matching grant to purchase a new laptop and pay for other costs while completing her graduate degree.

BCNA Service:
• IDA Savings