To Education and Beyond

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Exactly one year ago, I graduated twice.

Yes, you read that right. The first time was for myself. The second was for my cousin Ali. We were constantly together in Syria. We shared toys and books. Ali was my first best friend.

In 2012, I was wasting my time in college. I stopped going to school because I wasn’t enjoying it anymore. I was having a hard time convincing my mom that I wanted to shift programs. We kept fighting over it.

Also in 2012, on the other side of the world, Ali was on his way home from school. Unfortunately, he never made it. He was shot in the head by a stray bullet.

My war with my mom was nothing to the war Ali was facing.

I won my war when I shifted to Technical Communication. Ali lost his.

Part of my college education is dedicated to him. He kept me going, especially when I was struggling during my thesis. I knew that I had to graduate for the two of us.

Now that it has been a year since, I wanted to honor his memory. Amidst the war, Ali never stopped going to school. Right now, thousands of kids in Syria are risking their lives just to go to school.

I can’t imagine what they’re going through. We try to dodge our classes, but they have to dodge bullets just to get to their classroom.

And to add to that, their schoolbags are usually empty. They don’t have much school supplies.

Here’s where you and I come in!

I am starting a project to help Syrian kids get through school. Through the help of my Tito Romeo, who goes to Syria twice or thrice a year, we can get some school supplies to the children.

I feel uncomfortable collecting money, so I am more than willing to meet with you for the school supplies. However, if cash donation is the best option for you, I would be glad to accommodate that. I promise to be transparent with all the expenses, of course!

If you are with me on this, please message me here or on Facebook (Firas Abboud), send me an email (firabboud@gmail.com) or text me (09069189669)! God bless us all!

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