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Weʼre raising £21,300 to Help a Syrian Refugee start her PhD in Cancer Research

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Completing my pharmacy degree in Aleppo University in Syria was a big challenge. My beautiful Aleppo city is considered as one of the most dangerous cities in the world. I lived near the air force intelligence building, making me wake up every morning on the smell of death. My house was later shelled. Basically, living under siege, lacking simple human needs like water and heat and most of all safety where every day the news of a friend or a neighbour being killed, disappeared or tortured to death was very disturbing. Going to university, which was attacked every few days, doing exams when the MIG is shooting outside the building, and running to the basement or hiding when the sense of danger was closer made it very hard for me and others to survive.

I was really keen to help others so I volunteered in two hospitals and a pharmacy, during which I recounted some of the horrific injuries sustained during barrel bombs, missiles, and shooting attacks.

I stayed determined for three years because all I wanted was to graduate and get a scholarship (which was a dream at the time) to complete my education outside Syria. I was very lucky to be granted a fully funded scholarship by Asfari foundation in 2014 to do my Masters in Molecular Medicine at UEA.

For the past year I have volunteered at UEA as a researcher because I was so passionate about research in cancer therapy.
I have been trying to save money to be able to start a self-funded PhD. My husband and I wanted to sell everything we have in Syria so I could go on the PhD, but our pharmacy (in eastern Aleppo) is completely turned to rubble. Our car and house were shelled and we have nothing left in Syria, including all our savings.

The PhD will be in finding new cancer therapies and drug targets to start in Jan 2017. I always wanted to help others and this is my way to do so.
£4100= 1st year of tuition PhD fees
£8200= 2nd year,
£12300= 3rd year and
£21,300 for all the PhD ( Including £9000 lab fees)

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  • Enana Assaf

    Enana Assaf

    11 days ago

    Enana Assaf

    I can't be more thankful for the support from everyone. £4600 left to get me started with the first year PhD in January 2017. I can't wait to get started. Your support will make me get there. Thanks

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    Enana Assaf

    a month ago

    Enana Assaf

    What if Cancer cure was trapped in someone's head that can't afford the tuition fees...? Please support me to start the Ph.D. to continue the path of finding the cure for cancer. (Photo: a while ago when I was in the lab working on formulating nanoparticles to load them with a chemotherapeutic drug)

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  • Enana Assaf

    Enana Assaf

    a month ago

    Enana Assaf

    A massive thank you to everyone. I literally can not thank you all enough. Please keep sharing my cause with your friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 21, 2016

    £50.00

  • Edmond den Dekker

    Edmond den Dekker

    Nov 15, 2016

    Education is a very important investment. I'm glad to help out!

    £30.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 15, 2016

    £10.00

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Enana Assaf

Enana Assaf

Norwich, United Kingdom

BSc in Pharmacy from University of Aleppo MSc in Molecular Medicine from University of East Anglia Volunteer- visiting student in cancer research at the university Volunteer- coaching and mentoring students in Syria and those displaced throughout their academic life

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