My name is Rosa and I am a Canadian citizen in my third year of college. The purpose of this letter is to collect donations for a student named Haneen who is not as lucky as I am to be in a country where she feels safe, anxiety free and where education is available to all. Haneen spent 11 of her 18 years between war, destitution, poverty and insecurity in her home country Syria. Her father is an industrious person who spent his whole life in Ministerial work with a monthly salary that does not exceed $117; barely enough to provide a decent life for his wife, son and daughter. Haneen's mom left Kuwait with her family after they lost everything due to the Iraqi invasion. During that period in 1990 her mother Heyam met her husband to be and got married. She worked in several places to help cover the needs of her family, but for reasons out of her control, she ended up remaining as a house wife raising and educating her children as her first and most important priority.
In 2010 the war began in Syria and as a result its infrastructure was destroyed and an economic blockade was declared. Poverty and destitution increased, and their sense of safety disappeared, due to a tremendous spike in crime; killings, kidnappings and robberies were part of the norm for families in this area. This resulted in the parent’s responsibility doubling as they had to keep them safe and continue their education.
This year, Heyam’s daughter Haneen graduated from high school with what she thought was sufficient marks to apply to the study of general medicine. However she was rejected because suddenly the ministry of education raised the required percentage marks to get in without warning; She felt like she got stabbed in her heart. She was therefore rejected and her dream collapsed. The only property in her parents’ possession, after a lifetime of struggle and fatigue, was their childhood house. Her parents are willing to sell it to help Haneen cover the cost of a private university but it is not enough; it can only cover a very small part of her education expense. Each year is roughly $2320 for a period of 5 years; which her parents simply can not.
I am putting my faith in you. I know that we can do something to help Haneen financially and assist her to succeed in achieving her dream. I trust that you will be proud knowing that your help will allow this very talented young lady pursue her dreams and become a doctor. She will become an effective member in her society and perhaps one day the world. Your help will give this very misfortune girl a chance to better her life and that of her families and society.