Challenged hardship to be excellent
On Sunday 24 July 2011, Tawjihi results were announced in Palestine.
Tawjihi is the general secondary examination in Palestine. For most students, it is a fateful year; its result helps decide at which college a student is going learn the major of his/her entire life, so there is high level of competition and it is like a feast for those who succeed. Islamic Relief celebrated this joyful moment with one of its sponsored orphans, Hadeel.
Hadeel Abu Jazar is an orphan girl, 19 years old living in Beit Hanoun, north of Gaza Strip. She was sponsored through Islamic Relief for more than 10 years. In the past few years, she had difficult times while studying because her old small home was too small for the family which had 10 members. The surrounding atmosphere of (bad lightening and humidity) was depressing her life and her concentration when she studies at home. She wanted a better healthy living to help her study well.
In 2010, Islamic Relief renovated Hadeel’s home and improved it to be a healthy shelter and proper place to live in with proper lightening and nicer appearance. Islamic Relief also renovated the Tal Al-Zaatar Secondary School, the school where Hadeel studied Tawjihi.
“It is much better than the situation before.”, said Hadeel. “The new renovated home made me more comfortable to study. I used to study in better lighted room and this increased my understanding. The new built part of my home, built by IR, is my favorite place for studying and relaxing.”
She adds, “The times of studying were so tensed sometimes I felt maps and words are mixed together.”
Hadeel, while she was holding her Tawjihi results, said, “Tawjihi was a challenge for me. It was a difficult year especially that my dear niece died before the exams, but I managed to organize myself and study hard despite sadness… My dream is to study English literature in Gaza and also to travel to have a break from the tensed life I used to live in.”
Poverty in the family affected their daily life and minimized the family demands so they only work on affording the very basic needs to survive. All she thinks of is being enrolled in a college to study her favorite subject and make her family proud of her.
Hadeel was one of the best 10 students in Gaza Strip scoring 98.10% (Humanitarian science section).
She described with a big smile, “The moment of announcing the result was the best moment in my life. I am happy that Islamic Relief came to greet me and share me this special moment and thank them a million times for the gifts and support they keep giving to me.”