(From left): Shanzeh Mansoor and Henah Durrani

Shanzeh Mansoor, 15, a sophomore at University High School, and her good friend, Henah Durrani, 16, a junior at Portola High School, are offering their tutoring services to K-8 students as volunteers for Maribo Cares, a non-profit organization that serves cancer fighters and survivors.

According to Maribo’s website, their goal is “to do our very best to make the recovery time for all cancer fighters and survivors more comfortable.”

Shanzeh and Henah are asking for a minimum $10 donation to Maribo Cares for each of the 55-minute tutoring sessions they offer.

When I asked what motivated Shanzeh and Henah to help support the Maribo Cares charity, Shanzeh explained that they both have a very personal connection — Shanzeh and Henah lost family members to cancer. Together, they decided to honor the memory of their loved ones by offering K-8 virtual tutoring services to elementary and middle school students to help Maribo Cares raise funds and further its mission to aid families afflicted by cancer.

Shanzeh lived in Pakistan before coming to the United States, but her family spoke English at home. In fact, in my phone conversation with Shanzeh, I could not tell that she had a growing-up experience different from any other Irvine high school student, until she mentioned it.

Between Shanzeh and Henah, they offer tutoring twice per week in a wide range of subjects, including English reading and writing, Algebra, Spanish and History.

To find out about the tutoring services offered by these remarkable young ladies, email Shanzeh at shanzeh.mansoor@icloud.com.

 

Harvey H. Liss