Sisters Major Ty Nguyen-Reed & Teresa Nguyen established the JANAN COLLECTION to help the 30 Iraqi women provide a future for themselves and their children.
Major Ty Reed has served the U.S. Army for 10 years and was recently recognized on Oprah for her work as an American soldier.
A graduate from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1999 with B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Nguyen-Reed was commissioned in U.S. Army as a Major. She has served four tours in Iraq and 27 of those 33 months; she served as a company commander over logistics and combat power to the brigade.
While in Iraq, Nguyen-Reed developed district-wide summer soccer tournaments for about 10,000 youths to facilitate reconciliation among sects of Iraq society to give a sense of security and normality, empowerment to the local population in southern Baghdad, Iraq. This resulted in 900 soccer games played, organized by local government and community leaders and various sects of Iraqi society were mended.
She also established women vocational training projects, such as sewing, beautician set skills and literacy training for Iraqi women.
A partnership with non-profit organization, A Model Teacher Organizations allowed Reed to educate Iraqi women on domestic violence and venereal diseases prevention.
She currently resides in Kansas City with her husband Major Eric. S. Reed and daughter Sarah.
Teresa Nguyen is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. In 2008, she found an advertising and public relations agency where social issues and philanthropy is a business policy. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in Journalism and currently resides in Dallas.