Palestinian; seeking Undergraduate degree in Accounting and is enrolled at Alazhar University.
My name is Yusra, a Palestinian refugee from Gaza, accounting major.
I owe the university $4200 USD. I won't be able to receive my degree or be employed without paying the debt I owe.
My father called me "the busy bee". I was hardworking and always knew what it takes to succeed.
My parents did not have college degrees, but they always insisted that we give learning our best shot.
I love numbers. I have excellent computer skills, and good English, but lacked the financial means to cover my college cost. My aunt gave me her savings to pay for the first semester. She told me: "I will give you the first push then you are on your own. She believed in me. I felt I should not fail her.
I studied hard and tutored my classmates. I graduated with a 4.7 GPA.
I want to be the first successful female accountant in Gaza. I want to break the glass ceiling. Accounting is not only for men.
Why Would Donors Fund You?
I have vision and am willing to challenge adversity. I am a passionate ambitious girl, and have many goals that I would like to pursue.
I consider knowledge a trust that each one of us must pass to others. My education is a community service. I will payback with interest.
How Do You Plan to Payback?
Establishing a center to train young people on freelance work in remote accounting. I will focus on negotiation and communication skills and customer service.
When I work, I will allocate a percentage of my income to fund a project that supports orphaned children .
I will be a role model to others who can see that I triumphed over adversity and realized my dream. I come from a poor family but I did what I could to complete my education.
Today I am a student and tomorrow a donor, so I am very happy to volunteer with edSeed and help the students get the opportunity I got.
Volunteer Work/Social Capital
1-Volunteer with MA'AN Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship "Generation Free" in cooperation with UNICEF To find an idea for a project that supports and develops children's education
2-Volunteer as a project accountant with the Association for Rehabilitation and Social Training for Small Businesses for People with Disabilities
3-I volunteered with Islamic Relief within the project to enable a better future for the children of the Gaza Strip to help them express their opinions and make them brave and self-confident.
4-I was accepted for training in the field of self-employment in accounting within a project " go digital"
5-I presented a creative idea with my team within the hackathon competition to spread international humanitarian law
What Have You Done to Improve Yourself? Awards and Achievements
- Certificate of Community Initiatives and Certificate of Advocacy and Political Influence.
2- Certificate of Employee Stress and Welfare Management from the Metro School of business and Management, UK.
3 Certificate of Creativity and problem solving from a metro-school of business and management UK.
4- Certificate of Remote Employment Skills and How to Build a Successful Resume from Challenge to Change foundation.
5- Life Skills at the Russell Center for Creativity.
6- I started a data analysis course within the One Million Arab Coders from Udacity platform
6- I continue to improve my English by watching TEDx.