Hi everyone :)
My name is Izabela. I'm 23 years old and I live in Zagreb, Croatia. As 1 year old baby I had accident where I was burned in fire. I lost my forearms, right lower leg and got many scars as a reminders of that accident. Despite everything I am today student of international relations and diplomacy doing all the things that every other 23 year old person does. I study, volunteer and try to live my life to the fullest. But through last few years I was struggling with very discriminatory system I live in. That's why I tried to travel as much as possible to find a place where I would feel accepted, respected and treated as a normal human being. And I found it.
This May I went to volunteer in Palestine. I spent there 2 best months of my life. I was teaching english in refugee camps in West Bank. Through my volunteer work I met so many nice people who never looked at me as less valuable. I really started feeling that I belong to that place, I was feeling like being HOME. Since I got so much from Palestinian people, not just in emotianal way, but in every way, now I want to go back and show them how grateful I am not just for their great hospitality, but also for teaching me many big life lessons.
My plan is to go back at beginning of August and stay there for 3 or 4 months and start few projects for palestinian kids and youth. I want to continue teaching them english since they really need it, but through art, litrature, music, etc. I would like to give them at least similar opportunities like we have in Europe.
That's why I need your help. Since I'm just a student and volunteer it's very difficult to cover all the expenses, like flight ticket, accomodation, food. I will also have to buy some materials for my projects because I can't take a lot of things with me from Croatia, like books, notebooks, drawing materials, maybe some musical instruments, etc.
That's why I opened this fundraising. If you can help me even with small donation I will be forever grateful. :D
Greetings to all of you,