Name: Assiya Drissi

TAC Project Name: Houriya

Number Impacted: 45

Tell us about your Take Action Challenge. Why did you start this project, what impact did you want to make?

I started my TAC because I saw a need for English classes for refugee women in the Fort Worth. Language is an opening gate to opportunities and independence. There’s an old saying, “ If you teach a man you only taught one person, if you teach a woman you teach a nation.”


What did you accomplish?

I taught quite a few women and now two of them know how to drive. All of them can read now and their grammar has improved very much.


How did you overcome obstacles?

I overcame my obstacles by being persistent and asking for help when I needed it. I also took time to look back at it if something was not working out and even ask for feedback.


If you could advice to a future YWLC participant about her Take Action Challenge, what would it be?

Don’t give up no matter what. Things will get hard, but don’t give up. Keep going. Someone will add the missing piece to your puzzle as you keep trying so that everything flows nicely. If things seem hard, don’t worry cause once you get through it you’ll look back and say “ well that wasn’t so bad, I’d love to do it again.” There are so many people out there with so many experiences who can help you overcome an obstacle, never push aside someone who can help, because asking for help doesn’t make you weak. It makes you strong because you knew where there was a problem and decided that that problem had to be solved with bravery from you for asking for help and experience and advice from the person you are asking for help from.