From Syria; seeking a Undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature and is enrolled at Zarqa University.
I am Ahmed Abu Kharoub. I am 22 years old from Dar'aa, Syria. I live with my small family in Al-Zaatari refugee camp.
I LIVE BY Mary Kay Ash ‘s MOTTO “WHAT YOU BELIEVE YOU CAN ACHIEVE”.
We arrived to Zaatari in 2014. The fighting was so intense and our only option was to leave Dar'aa. We lost many friends and family members. Life became meaningless.
My father had cancer but had no access to treatment or health care. He eventually passed away. Losing him changed my life forever.
As if the loss of the homeland was not enough. With my father’s death, I became the breadwinner of my family at the age of 16. There were mouths to feed and a family that had no one to turn to but myself.
Like many Syrian children, I belong to a generation that had to deal with war, death, displacement and destruction. We were deprived of the normalcy that other children enjoyed.
I had to work even when I was in high school. Although my 71.6 score might not be impressive I was actually working full time. I take pride in my ability to stay on track despite the challenges.
I volunteered with Oxfam in “Clean the streets” initiative and with IRD’s “Buds of Hope initiative”. We targeted young children who dropped out of school. Our efforts focused on reintegrating, reinstating and enrolling kids who fell through the cracks when they first arrived in Zaatari. By the time internatnional organizations started working on education, they were a misfit to the age groups who were able to enter grade school.
I loved music and literature since I was very young. My passion for music helped me learn to play classical guitar by following lessons on YouTube.
I didn't realize my love for writing until I got much older. I wrote a novel and I hope to publish it one day.
Literature opened my mind to worlds I never lived in or saw and made me see life from a different perspective.
I was accepted at Al-Zarqa University.
I am confident that I will be able to get to my goal. I hope I can count on your support. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.
Please believe in me.
Dream and Mission Statement
My name is Ahmad Abu Kharoub. I am 22 years old from Dara'a, Syria. I live with my sister and mother in Al-Zaatari refugee camp.
We arrived in Zaatari camp 2014 when the security situation became so untenable. We had to leave. My father had cancer and his health condition was deteriorating. My father passed away a in September 2015.
I have been the breadwinner of my family since my father’s death. As if losing a homeland was not enough. I also lost my father. Still, my only option was to move on. There were mouths to feed and a family who had no one to turn to but myself.
My mother is currently very sick. She is all that is left for my sister and myself in this world.
I completed my secondary education in Jordan and obtained my high school diploma in 2018. My GPA was 71.6 but I could not afford college.
I grew up in a family that loves science and culture. We were peace-loving people. Reading was my favorite hobby from a very young age. I continued to read when I grew up and was fascinated by literature written in or translated into English. I also love writing. I already wrote my first novel and hope to publish it one day.
I also like classical music and learned to play classical guitar by watching YouTube. I know a lot about Western music.
I volunteered with Oxfam in “Clean the streets” initiative and with IRD’s “Buds of Hope initiative” to educate young children. Our goal was to mobilize, enroll and reinstate as many school dropouts as possible through rehabilitation and integration. We particularly focused on children with language and numeracy problems.
I obtained certificates in communications, life skills and English Language.
I want to study English because it is the language of the time. It will open avenues that would not be available otherwise. I invested in learning English and hope to continue on this road.
English is also the medium of choice for global communications, technology, and commerce. By mastering English I would be able to pursue other majors and maybe write novels in English one day.
I am an ambitious person and love to interact with people I am ready and willing to be challenged and to demonstrate that I am worthy of your support. Unfortunately, we have no financial assets to carry me through. Our house in Syria is currently beyond our reach.
I believe in my goals and myself.
I was admitted to the University of Al-Zarqa, English Major. My tuition is $3296.00.
We were created to persist. Facing challenges teaches us a lot about ourselves.
You can go as far as your mind lets you, Mary Kay Ash said, but: “What you believe, remember, you can achieve”. I am a living example.
Why fund my education?
Humanism and social solidarity sustain us throughout our most difficult times. Graduating college is not a personal gain. It will improve my family ‘s status and put me on the road to financial independence.
I, in turn, will be in a position to extend a helping hand to those less fortunate than myself. I will always remember that without the generosity of strangers who had faith in me, I would have not been able to lift family and myself from poverty. It will be payback time.
The gift of education is a gift that blossoms eternally. What more could anyone hope for? Give once and the gift will regenerate ten folds the value of your original investment.
How I plan to give back after graduation?
I want to focus my efforts on helping children in conflict and war zones.
I want to become a donor one day, and hope to donate my time, skills and services to help others in need. One day, I hope I will be able to establish a completely free online university to accommodate the largest number of refugee students from all over the world.