Lebanese, from West Bekaa , Ghazza; seeking a Undergraduate degree in Clinical psychology and is enrolled at American University of Beirut.
I was afraid of speaking and writing so, I used to write using this vertical way.
I was afraid people would stop reading if my essays were too long for their taste.
Then my psychologist started to change that.
I started feeling more comfortable among people. I was able to find a way to communicate.
I had to face my own demons and found more meaning in my life.
Someone did not see the same demons, and were too quick to jump to conclusions about why I acted the way I did.
I was still a child. Psychotherapy in our community is not well established. Only insane people seek help. Moreover, I personally was not able to understand what was going on inside me .
Our society revered physicians, engineers and educators but failed to recognize- let alone explain the importance of reconciling with oneself .
My parents dropped out of school early due to Lebanese civil war (1975-1990) .
They both know the huge difference education can add to a person's life. They are doing the impossible to give us a better future.
Unfortunately, Lebanon's economic crisis brought our lives to a halt. My father's monthly income cannot cover our basic needs. .
I started working to share some of the financial burdens.
I am a sophomore at the Lebanese University, psychology major, aspiring to graduate and eventually practice this profession to make life easier for young adults and children.
Why Would Donors Fund You?
"I can't change the world but, I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.".
Down the street, an abusive husband hits his 40 year-old-wife because dinner was not ready on time.
Next door, a child suffers because his parents are divorced;
Downtown, at a dentists's office, a girl child is being harassed.
Our children are traumatized by wars.
All it takes is someone to listen.
I will be there. I will make a difference in their lives.
How Do You Plan to Payback?
I will be able to :
*Raise awareness about the importance of Mental Health
*Provide Free treatment sessions to drug addicts
*Devote one day a month to treat those who cannot afford the fees of psychotherapy.
Volunteer Work/Social Capital
VOLUNTEER WORK / SOCIAL CAPITAL
* Volunteered with Amideast in fundraising activities .
*Tutored 2 elementary school students .
*Founding " Mental Health Seminar ", an awareness campaign was conducted for 10 consecutive weeks aimed at spreading facts bout mental health and and disorders .
*Establishing food program "Hand By Hand " aimed at securing food sufficiency .
* Volunteering with a group of youth to help reduce the financial and environmental crisis in Lebanon .
*Organizing leading a group of young men and women to provide assistance after the port explosion in Beirut .
What Have You Done to Improve Yourself? Awards and Achievements
*Enrolled in Amideast's English program.
*A participant in a research study on pollution levels of the Litani river in search for solutions .
*A Workshop "Think out of the box " was deducted to promote problem solving through thinking .
*Attended "Introduction To Logotherapy " webined with "Nafsaniyon "
*A member at " Alliqa'a Al Thakafi "
*A friend hosted me in a live to tell about my experience with Panic Disorder
*A member at " Jebjaneen Highchool Book Club "
* Opened a page on Instagram "Ghazzabooksrent " for renting books and novels I had read benefit financially as well as encourage those around me to read .
* Participated in 2 workshops " How to deal with children"/"Self-confidence"/"Psychology of happiness".