Born in Amman, Jordan, Luma came to the U.S. in 1993 to attend Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
After graduating in 1997, Luma eventually settled in Atlanta, where she started a coffee shop, and coached girls' soccer.
But Atlanta and its Clarkston suburb are major hubs for the resettlement of refugee children from war-torn nations, and Luma's passion became helping those children..
Since organizing the non-profit Fugees Family in Clarkston, Georgia in 2004, Luma has helped children from 28 of those nations including Afghanistan, Iraq. Somalia and Sudan.
These are children who have seen atrocities, loss of family and all the other ravages of war.
How does she help them?
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Luma first organized a soccer program. Children the world over play soccer, and easily relate to the game, regardless of culture or language barriers.
"We're giving them a sense of belonging," is how Luma described it.
But in working with these children, "I realized their needs are so much more."
So Luma's Fugees Family started a private school to give each child individual attention, while teaching them English, reading, writing, math, and other subjects.
The intent is for them to prosper academically and emotionally.
Luma knows they need to heal, and to grow, as they pursue dreams that are not just nightmares of the past, but hopes for a wonderful and productive future, a future every child deserves.
To see Luma and some of these children, please watch this 2 minute, 14 second CNN Heroes video, here. It will touch your heart.