Luma Mufleh watches her students from inside the team bus before soccer practice in Clarkston in September 2012. AJC FILE PHOTO PHIL SKINNER / PSKINNER@AJC.COM

Luma Mufleh wins Diane von Furstenburg’s People’s Voice Award

Luma Mufleh has spent years helping refugee children on and off the soccer field.

The honors continue to stack up.

Mufleh was named the winner of the Diane von Furstenburg’s People’s Voice Award.

The award is one of five honors recognized at the annual DVF Awards. Every year, von Furstenburg  selects four women to be nominated for the People’s Voice Award, chosen by the public.  

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She is founding director and CEO of Fugees Family, nonprofit organization that uses the power of soccer, education and community to empower refugee children to successfully integrate into the United States.

Luma Mufleh had lost her way, but then she took a wrong turn in Clarkston and found her purpose among the children of war.

Mufleh is a 2016 Top 10 CNN Hero.

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The Fugees’ story began in 2004, when Mufleh took a wrong turn while driving through the town of Clarkston, Georgia and noticed a group of boys playing soccer in the street. She learned that these children were refugees from war-torn countries including Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Burma, Somalia and Sudan.

“ In the years that followed, the soccer team grew into something much larger — a school, a tutoring program, a summer camp, a college prep program, and, most importantly, a community and support network,” according to the release about the award.

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