My name is Rafailia, I'm 20 years old and I live in Greece.
Ever since I can remember myself, I dream to become a doctor, specifically a surgeon. I wanted to travel with doctors without borders (MSF) and helping people in need and children. At the age of 8 years old, I began reading molecular biology and genetics and I had already excelled in 3 mathematical contests. But things did not go very well for me, because I grew up with a mother with cancer and a violent alcoholic father. I had to work and support my family, and I also had to deal with the mental disorders I faced increasingly intense.
In any case, the economic crisis has brought the country to a very difficult point. Rich people are getting richer and the poor people become poorer. There is still a lot of corruption in the country and those who maintain it is mainly the Greeks. There are no job positions and the few that exist reject me, because I'm gay. In Greece, homosexuality is a strong reason not to hire someone or not even speak to him. I have been often abused, and have attempted to rape me sometimes. I do not know if it will be considered as immature, but still I dream that I will make it. Every night I close my eyes and imagine an operating room, with me helping someone to stay alive.
I spent a long time wondering why I had the luck to be born in this country and not somewhere else. I also tried to leave for a country with better prospects, but I had no initial capital and my parents who are elderly now, need me here. I have no any friends, and I live with a medication for depression. But I'm still dreaming, I still love, I still believe.
Now I'm studying nursing and I'm trying to survive.
I created this campaign in the hope that it will gather enough money to start a business. I dream of a company that is gay friendly and serves drinks and treats. Through this I can make money to study medicine, get my girlfriend and my mom and travel to a country where gay marriages are allowed and marry my girlfriend! Also I want to pay the surgery so my mom will does breast restoration.
I know, its dreams. But let me dreaming. I know that human solidarity is somewhere.
Thank you for your time.