My name is Wadee Abed. I am 26 years old, the oldest of 10 children,born in and have lived my whole life in the refugee camp, Camp Jabalia in the besieged Gaza Strip near Gaza City.
As a child I loved playing and having fun. I used to look at the other children playing but I could not play because I had grown up too fast.In addition to going to school, I was helping out with my 9 brothers and sisters. When my father would come home from work I would go to fetch water, put his diabetic feet in a pot and pour water over them, in order to relieve the swelling and the pain.I would look at him and could see that he was tired of being tired and in pain.My father used to have a successful marble factory, but he lost it when in 2017 after there was a severe car accident in the family and he had to sell the factory to pay expenses and damages.
When I went to high school, I got some of the most excellent grades and started learning computers and working at a computer hardware maintenance company, receiving small wages. I was happy to be able to rely on myself a little bit.
I had no money to enter the university, so I decided to borrow for an advanced fee.
I took back my previous work, and used to pay the price of studying and also pay the person from whom I borrowed, until I graduated in 2019, with a Bachelor's degree (4 years)in Management Information Systems (major)and Intermediate diploma degree in Information and Communication Technology. After graduation I worked at designing websites for people, but because PayPalI will not allow payments to enter Gaza and the West Bank, I was unable to continue.
Presently we have to practically beg for money or donations for food and rent and I feel responsible for my family so this is all very stressful. Only one sister is married,so there are 11 mouths to feed.
After graduating, when I met Aya, it was love at first sight. She is the love of my life and she is a good woman.I can confide in her about everything,my sorrows and my joy. After earning the amount for the Mahr or dowry, we became engaged on October 18 2019.
It was after my engagement that was when I was no longer to be able to work at doing web design because of PayPal.
If I cannot adhere to this commitment Aya’s parents will annul the engagement and
I will lose my love,my dear Aya and myself.forever. I don’t know how I could live without her.
This is what will happen if I am unable to raise enough money for our wedding.which is scheduled for September 14, 2020.
I implore you,if you can find it in your heart to help out a little, you would be helping to make us so happy and you would be giving us the gift of joy.
May a God bless you all during these difficult times,
Sincerely and with love,