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Help Asmaa Continue School Outside of Gaza

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My name is Alicia. I'm fundraising to help Asmaa Dwaima pay off her dental certificate and leave Gaza to continue school abroad. I met Asmaa through a post her friend Yara shared on TikTok.

A message from her is below:

My name is Asmaa Dwaima, I am 24 years old, and I live in Gaza in Palestine. I am a dentist. I have just finished my internship year, and I was so glad to be ready to start working, maybe at a center or maybe I can open my own clinic. I lost my future.

I have no hopes right now about getting a job. I was dreaming of having a job and collecting money on bank like any other one in the planet and after that buying my own car and going to complete my master degree , or maybe i could apply for a scholarship and fly like a bird outside Gaza!
Now I am searching for a scholarship in USA OR UK. I really want to apply for one, but unfortunately I hadn't have my Certificate of Dentistry from Al-Azhar university of Gaza. Since I had $10,000 fees needed to get it, everything in my life stopped and connected with this certificate! So I need this money to get my certificate and then apply for a scholarship.

"Welcome Ramadan" we go to supermarkets with my family, buying things, we go to the beach with my friends to have my eftar there, like magic, everything was magical and fabulous but suddenly everything goes away. We can't even smile or laugh when we remember Eid is coming up!

Previously, whenever I felt bored I immediately go to the sea. Sometimes with my friends sometimes with my own self, but now I haven't see the sea for 173 days! The thing that was my permanent treatment is now unreachable...

What happened during the war was so hard to understand. On Friday 13 October 2023 while we were thinking about what would be our main meal, the Israeli army asked us as a Palestinian people who live in the northern area of Gaza strip to leave our homes, our work, our dreams behind, and go to the southern area of Gaza strip. And since that time we haven't returned home!

For more than 6 months I don't see my home. I don't feel safe. We feel we are lost , we miss everything, all that actually feels like a nightmare and I hope I will get up soon! But till now I don't get up!!
I lost 4 of my family members, and 5 of my friends, and they aren't numbers they are stories dreams beautiful souls we lost and we will always love them and tell people about them.

I lost my home, my beloved room, my things , my dad lost his work place , they destroyed it completely, leveled to the ground , Dwaima watches company the ancient company that was founded by my grandfather, “Mohamed Saeed Dwaima,” in the year 1975, had been completely erased. That was a shock for us. We put goods worth $500,000 in it. How difficult it is for a person to lose everything in the blink of an eye, his home, his work, and the devotion of his entire life.

And now i live with other 10 of my family members in one room, 11 individuals live in a small room ! We eat we drink we pray we sleep in the same room , the whole day on it. People live in camps without a thing underneath them. They are just laying down on the floor and sleep feeling cold and rain while their cries outstrip the rain outside.
And about the laundry , we are the washing machine unfortunately! Hhh. We can't have a bath whenever we want to do this ,just every 10 days on the municipal day.

What we're living nowadays is hard to understand.
Getting or having water is a hard mission , for example my brothers have to fill the water tank from the mosque since we just have water in the room where we living 1 day every 10 days, so other days they have to fill the tank from the mosque and walking for more then 2 kilometers to finally reach the place where we live.

Please, help me save me and my family from the war that is happening in Gaza. I have not seen many of my family members for about six months and I am deeply concerned that I may never see them again, especially after losing so many friends, neighbors and relatives. We have faced repeated displacement since October. I don't know when all of this gonna end , when we will return back home and start our lives again!

It's not our first time to lose our home since in war 2014. We lost our entire building, 10 families lost their place where they were living, so please this is our GoFundMe page, if you can help us do it , we are dreaming so much and we won't stop dreaming of returning home and rebuild my dad's workplace, maybe one day I will share my own clinic pictures with you, and that will happen with your generous help.



Alicia Ross
Evanston, IL

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