This article was published as part of #GivingTuesday's #WomenWhoGive series, which celebrates women who give back in their communities.


Puneh Ala’i is the founder of For The Unseen, a not-for-profit serving those in need the world over.

Puneh was raised by immigrant parents who raised her with the belief that “Mankind is One” and service is a key factor in contributing to this life. Puneh’s vision to create For The Unseen was ignited in a small war-torn corner of the world – Syria. If you had asked her when she was there a few years ago, she would have never imagined she would be the founder of a 501c3 organization that has provided thousands of dollars to send medical aid, food, toys, and even schooling to Syrian refugees.

Puneh has worked with children as long as she can remember, but working with Syrian refugee children has been a transformational experience. Even in the midst of war, despair, loss, and nothingness, their purity and love shines through and prevails. It was with this flame of love and hope in her heart that Puneh established For The Unseen. Puneh believes that in the path of service, it is only love and hope that can truly heal wounds and help people overcome the challenges they face.