My name is Asmaʾa A. Alfar one of the top four graduates of Al-Aqsa University in Gaza, where I majored in English Education. I have won, for the second time, a prestigious fully paid scholarship to study International Relations and Politics at the University Sheffield in the UK. In my first attempt to join Sheffield, I was prevented from travel to United Kingdom because of the blockade imposed on Gaza by the Israeli Army.
Although my scholarship covers the costs of tuition and living expenses, it does not cover travel costs (airline tickets), health insurance, and other expenses such as visa and border crossing fees. Without proof that I can cover these expenses, I will not be able to obtain the visa I need to travel to join my University.
Despite losing a brother, and the blindness that struck my mother during the Israeli attacks against Gaza, I have decided not to be a number in this metaphysical refugee cemetery. I worked very hard to win this scholarship and would greatly appreciate your help to allow me to travel to achieve my dreams. Thank you in advance for contributing.
My name is Hisham Abad. I currently work at Purdue University Northwest in Indiana as adjunct professor of physics. Asma’a was one among a group of young Gazan students who I met over the social media. Since 2014, they collectively have been a great resource for me in following the human situation of Gaza. I closely followed her plight last year when she could not travel to the University of Sheffield to join the department which granted her a scholarship coveted by students from all corners of the world, let alone from besieged Gaza. When she asked me this time to “adopt” a GoFundMe campaign on her behalf to help her cover the travel expense, I accepted knowing her high potential and dedication to grow as a contributor to her people and the community of the world. Asma’a could not start her own campaign because the GoFundMe organization restricts its activities to mostly Western countries.
If contributors need to verify any information about her, she could be contacted via Facebook Messenger under her name: Asma’a A. Alfar. In contacting her, please note she can only answer in a two-hour time window due to issues related to the availability of electricity in Gaza.
Below are a pictures from Asma'a's reality. The first while sitting among the destruction of her neighborhood, the second while volunteering to teach English to kids in Gaza. A partial photo of her scholarship letter follows.
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