Syrian, from Syria /zabadani; seeking Undergraduate degree in Biology and is enrolled at Lebanese University.
I am Hajar Al Masri, a 19-year-old girl from Zabadani Syria. I am an aspiring dentist, and a biology Freshman at
the Lebanese University.
I experienced displacement many times over. By the time I
was 13, I attended 3 schools, lived in three cities, and eventually left my
country to become a refugee in Lebanon.
2016, the year we arrived in Lebanon, was the worst year of my life. I was 13, and my parents were both detained . I became a homemaker in 8th Grade.
Upon his release, my father took us to Lebanon. My mother eventually joined us a year later.
My father was seriously ill, but he still worked hard to send me to school.
Lebanon gave me opportunities that I would have not dreamed of. This kind of compensated for the challenges I had to overcome.
I am preparing for my entrance exam to the school of dentistry.
I would love to be added to the work force of dentists to increase the number of females in the profession. Only 29% of dentists are women. I
hope to be able to achieve that with your help.
Why Would Donors Fund You?
I had many reasons to lose hope: fear for my parents, caring
for my siblings when I was still a child, and losing my country.
I want to be independent and to have a successful career.
I can only do that with college degree. I will be able to support my siblings.
Your generosity will travel far and will lift at least 3 families out of poverty.
Hope sustained me at times when it was very difficult to get
through the day. Today, I hope again that I will be able to become a successful
dentist. I pray I count on you.
How Do You Plan to Payback?
Hope and positivity are contagious. I will work with
displaced girls and show them how to overcome their displacement trauma.
I will dedicate time to volunteer in my host community
dental care centers to payback for the opportunity to realize my dream I will raise awareness about the need to
increase the presence of girls in STEM.
Volunteer Work/Social Capital
· 2017: Illiteracy program for grade school Kids “Amel” Center
· 2019 Started a chess club for school age children to teach them mental and social skills about this game.
· We organized a “Reward for Learning” program for the ACCESS camp’s students.
· I joined “Action Aid” center for the empowerment of women and girls and to integrate and entertain children with special needs.
What Have You Done to Improve Yourself? Awards and Achievements
• Attended Access, an English American program.
• 7 habits" self-improvement course
• 3-week “Learners do matter" online program
• Extracurricular physics , chemistry, and genetics courses