AIMING HIGHER: Fund scholarships for young refugees

My name is Weaam and I am going to tell you a little about my life. In 2014 I was living in Syria with the constant fear of death or seeing loved ones die in front of me. I was not able to go to school because of the constant bombing - bullets penetrated our house and shells landed next to it. I never felt safe. This is why our family fled to Lebanon. 

It was difficult to leave my room, my stuff, my country, my friends, and my school. I cried a lot. I still do when talking about what I suffered in Syria and what I went through.  


We arrived in Lebanon and were registered with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. I was determined to continue my education, but I had many challenges to overcome. The first was studying in a new language. The second was bullying. The third was getting into university. The fourth was integration into a new society. The fifth is my self-confidence. The sixth is my financial situation. The seventh is my psychological state. I knew that to build the life I want I needed the chance to study so I carried on through all these challenges. Then I got a call from the UN Refugee Agency, telling me about their higher education scholarships. I applied immediately and, despite it being very competitive, I succeeded. I am now studying Computer Science. My dreams are many, and my ambitions are very big. I would like to study abroad. My dream is to stand someday on a large stage to share my story and challenges and to encourage everyone to continue working to achieve their dreams. 

Supporting students like me helps them achieve their dreams and become successful graduates, ready to start in the labour market. I am on my way towards this but there are so many other refugees like me who are not being given a chance.

Switzerland for UNHCR:

This crowdfunding campaign aims to raise enough money to fund scholarships for when the semester begins in September. This is the first step towards our target to fund at least 170 scholarships before the end of 2021, our 70th year of saving lives and building better futures for refugees.

Please donate as much as you can today to help fund more students like Weaam. Every donation counts.

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Fundraisers

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    St George's International School Staff

    SFr6,025* raised

    * Includes funds from other sources.
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    Nia Williams

    SFr300 raised

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    Gemma Treeby

    SFr269 raised

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    Imogen Heath

    SFr266 raised

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    Mathilda Chee

    SFr100 raised

15 Fundraiser projects

Donations

  1. Machiel van Ingen

    3 October

    SFr25
  2. Anonymous donation

    28 September

    SFr100
  3. Stéphanie Simpson

    28 September

    SFr16
73 Donations

Fundraiser projects

15 Fundraiser projects

We are raising funds for Switzerland for UNHCR

By St George's International School Staff

Teachers at St George's International School will be running 215km around Lac Léman on the 25th ...

196.666666666667% Completed
SFr6,025* raised
SFr3,000 Target
Closed

I am raising funds for Switzerland for UNHCR

By Rebecca Fu

Hi! I need your help. I'm taking part in Make a difference in May with Collège Beau Soleil to rai...

0% Completed
SFr0 raised
SFr15 Target
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I am raising funds for Switzerland for UNHCR

By kenta fukamachi

Hi! I need your help. I'm taking part in Make a difference in May with Collège Beau Soleil to rai...

0% Completed
SFr0 raised
SFr1,500 Target
Closed

Make higher education available for refugees!

By Imogen Heath

3% of refugees are currently enrolled in higher education. The DAFI programme needs less than 300...

53.2% Completed
SFr266 raised
SFr500 Target
Closed
* Includes funds from other sources.