A little over a month ago, Palestinian students at the end of High School received their Tawjihi scores. Tawjihi, for those unfamiliar with it, is a directional exam all students must take and (like the SAT and ACT in the US) it basically determines if and where you can get into college and thus has a major impact on the rest of your life.
Palestinian students stress over this exam in ways hard for non-Palestinians to appreciate or understand. For many Palestinians who are living under occupation or in dismal economic conditions, an education can be the ticket to lifting themselves and perhaps their entire family up into a better situation.
That's why, when I heard about Nour's story, I wanted to do something to help her out. Nour is a young Palestinian living in a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank. She is one of 5 children. Her refugee camp suffers from high unemployment (28%), poverty (44%), and overcrowded schools on top of the daily challenges of living under military occupation.
Despite this difficult situation, Nour managed to excel in her studies and get not just a good score on the Tawjihi exam, but a stellar score above 97%. The story up to now is inspiring. Nour managed to triumph over difficult circumstances to excel in her education, but here is where the story takes a turn; her family can not afford to send her to the local college to continue her education.
I'm asking you to help me re-write this story. Life is not fair. One could just as easily have been born into a refugee camp as they could into a rich family in London or New York. That is an inequality no one can really control. But when you are born into a refugee camp and struggle to educate yourself to get a leg up and still can't continue your education, that's when life is really not fair. Thankfully, it is also something we can try to change.
I'm asking you to help me contribute to Nour's education. Nour would like to be a doctor and there is little doubt in my mind that she has the natural ability and the dedication to make it through medical school. What she lacks is money. We'd love to raise enough so she can complete Med School - a 7 year endeavor. Right now, we've set a far more modest goal of $10,000. This certainly won't cover Med School, even in Palestine, but it can help her get started and enrolled in a university and can guarantee she can at least get a 4-year degree in another subject.
Help us in educating Nour. I know it is an investment that will pay off for a lifetime.