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The Best and The Brightest of 2023



Age 17 | Junior
Phoenix Country Day School
For Sanya Somani, the devastating impact of COVID-19 was a call to action. Inspired by her father’s work as an entrepreneur and business owner, Somani co-founded the nonprofit HealthforHer in December 2020. The organization is dedicated to providing health and educational resources for underserved women and their families worldwide. From fundraisers and supply drives to menstrual kits for refugee women and those living in foster care, HealthforHer is focused on breaking the silence surrounding feminine hygiene-related topics.

“It’s really eye-opening being able to immerse yourself in an issue that you don’t experience yourself every day,” said Somani. “It’s a great way to learn about other cultures and other people.”

Somani has immersed herself in the nonprofit’s work in a variety of ways. During a recent trip to India she met with girls from a rural community to get a better understanding of their lifestyles and also provide resources and education surrounding these “culturally taboo” topics.

“It’s not normal to talk about this stuff in other parts of the world,” she said. “In order to learn how to help care for yourself and others, you need to talk about it.”

HealthforHer has expanded its efforts around the world, with ambassadors in the UK, Canada, Pakistan, South Korea, India, Tanzania, Russia, Armenia, and China. In Arizona, Somani has been instrumental in partnering with local hospitals and other organizations to provide healthcare and informative resources to underserved women and their families. She has also collaborated with and organized events at various schools, encouraging other young people to get involved in community service.

“If you have the desire to do it, then you can,” said Somani. “You just need to believe in yourself and realize that your age doesn’t define what you can do.”

Sanya plans to continue expanding HealthforHer and helping others. She also hopes to start her own business and travel the world.
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