From Syria; seeking a Graduate degree in Mathematics and is enrolled at Irbid National University.
I am Heba Al-Ghneem, 25 years old, from the city of Jasmine: Damascus. I have a B.Sc. in Mathematics from Al-Bayt University.. I am the only girl in a family of 7 siblings.
On December 19, 2012, my family and I were pulled out of the rubble of our building at the Yarmouk suburb. On February 19, 2013 I saw my beloved homeland for the last time.
We crossed the Syrian border to Jordan barefoot, and broken.
I finished my secondary education after supporting all my brothers. They all went to school.
One day at school in Zaatari camp, my math teacher whispered in my ear, smiling sarcastically: "You're going to fail here like you failed in your country'. I cried for hours but was determined to show him that I will not.
I excelled. I got a UNICEF DAFI Scholarship, and got my B.Sc. in June 2020.
I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in Mathematics at Irbid National University. I already paid $1800 USD in registration, Admissions fees, and tuition.
I love painting. My brother died during the conflict in Syria. Our house was destroyed. We could not salvage any picture of him. I drew a picture of him that I constructed out of memory. That painting brought back a smile to my mother's face.
I suffer from a curvature of the heart valve. Heart disease will not prevent me from pursuing my dreams. Your support will keep me going.
Like Einstein, my pursuit of education is driven by my values, not only by my desire to succeed . I want my learning to translate into a better life for myself and others.
Why Would Donors Fund You?
The quantum leap in science happened because of an apple that dropped.
I am waiting for the next apple to drop, and for me to be able to come up with a novel solution to the many mathematical based problems.
I want to be of value to others. Education is a human right. The ultimate goal of any human endeavor is not only to be self servicing but value to others. I would like to pursue my studies in Algebra. It allows me to use my mind. That is why I love math.
My ambition is to prove what has not been proven yet. My ambition is to improve my situation so that my work will have a cascading effect.
How Do You Plan to Payback?
I've been giving back my fellow refugees all the things I have learned from my teacher. And I am hoping that this people whom I am sharing my knowledge will learn from it will and serves it as an inspiration.
I will try to pursue this children to be brave, and never lose hope that tomorrow will be better again. And teaching them for free will leave a mark in their hearts that we refugees can make a better future. And whenever I can I will support them financially.
While my current graduate pursuit can only take me one step forward in my journey to learn, I hope to be eventually able to pursue a Ph.D. where I can use mathematics in the field of epidemiology. I learned that 3 people in Jordan currently have the experience to help in this field.
Volunteer Work/Social Capital
- I volunteered as psychological counselor for the children in Zaatari camp for six months .
- I volunteered to support and entertain orphaned children in Mafraq City.
- I volunteered to give free home classes for students as well as online classes for college students in the past few months.
What Have You Done to Improve Yourself? Awards and Achievements
- English courses at the British Council.
- I read books about philosophy and mathematics, including books by Yakov-Perelman, Newton, Euclid and George Polya.
- ICDL Certificate
- I worked at Anfas E-Services for six months
- I have developed and improved my writing skills with a special focus on poetry. I am in the process of writing my own poetry book.