The only place Ayat could study was on the balcony, with cotton wool in her ears to block out the noise from the café below. When the family had no money on the day of Ayat’s final exam, her mother sold a large sack of sugar to pay for Ayat’s taxi ride to the examination hall. — Meet Ayat
Ayat is 19 years old. She came ninth in Iraq in her Baccalaureate examinations, with a score of 98.71%. She is now a first-year medical student at the University of Baghdad. She is studious and focused, and dreams of becoming a cardiologist.
Could you imagine the struggles Ayat endured to be where she is today? Her father died seven years ago, a few days after an operation for pancreatitis. Ayat, her mother and three brothers lived in a single 20 square metres room above a noisy café that was busy day and night. Their room was cramped and dark. The only place Ayat could study was on the balcony, with cotton wool in her ears to block out the noise from the café below. Ayat’s mum always looked for ways to support her children’s education. She would save money during the summer months to pay for extra classes. When the family had no money on the day of Ayat’s final exam, her mother sold a large sack of sugar to pay for Ayat’s taxi ride to the examination hall.
We have supported Ayat and her family for the last ten years and continue to do so today. As an academically gifted student, Ayat receives additional support with the costs of university and equipment – we will support her till she graduates. We all really respect Ayat and everyone at our offices calls her ‘doctor’ already. She hopes to come back to help treat the orphaned children one day, in our centre where she spent so much of her childhood.
We offer a comprehensive package of support for all the children in our care. This includes access to financial and educational support. We have monthly follow-ups to ensure that the children’s school attendance and progress is solid.
Al-Ayn believes that education can change lives.
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