The Asherah Foundation is committed to helping women who have journeyed over rough waters access the education they dream about. Dedicated to empower women from all over the world, we are constantly welcoming your support. Learn more on how our fundraiser has made Noura’ s dream come true by reading her application story!

As a woman from Yemen

As a Yemeni woman who has confronted conflict and war, I am committed to help the Yemen civil society especially children and women for the rest of my life. I have a particular interest in improving the accessibility of helping people learn about community services available to them.

I hope to be able to serve in a social position sometime in the future to help less fortunate and under-represented social groups, such as women who are suffering from discrimination. As a result of my own experiences, I am familiar with the despair and frustration endemic to Yemenis struggling to survive. I am convinced that increasing individuals’ access to education can make the difference between despondency and hope.

Working to become a second chance scholarship recipient

After my break from college, I became more involved in my community by mentoring and volunteering at organizations such as Youth Center & “We can” Project, Volunteers of Yemen, Blind Women Association, the Election Observation Committee. In addition, I worked in a skills development institute for six years, where my passion for this field continued to grow.

I began preparing for my mission by volunteering as an intake coordinator at the National Cultural Center for Youth. Although I had many responsibilities, the role that consumed most of my time and energy was interviewing women and assessing their physical and emotional needs. I also generated an updated resources list that included many organizations from the Taiz, Aden and Ibb areas. By personally contacting each organization I facilitated the communication between the organizations and the women that needed help.

Although I have not yet been employed in the educational sector, my Bachelor’s work, as well as my life experiences, have given me a nuanced and sophisticated knowledge of the educational field. I have acted as a coordinator for the Be close to the child to be safe UNICEF project, through which we ensured the well-being of children affected by violence by providing the necessary recreation, psychosocial and life skills. When my own children attended school, I was involved in their schools’ organizations and often took on a leadership role in the educational committees. I served on many boards and was active in assisting both instructors and administrators. Seven years of experience has familiarized me with the diverse needs of Taiz’s students, and it has prepared me to act on their behalf. We raised awareness towards more than 6000 children and through our mobilization sessions we aimed at encouraging parents and community members to ensure that their children continue the learning process. We provided life skills sessions on hygiene, sanitation, and confidence-building. In addition, we held educational sessions and extra-curricular activities where they were taught simple math, Arabic, story-telling, geography.

The Asherah Foundation scholarships for women: How it could shift my life

The women’s Second Chance Scholarship would be of great assistance in supporting my goal to finish my degree.  I worked at Cyaia Morni Company, and have chosen to stop working in order to achieve my dream of getting a master degree.  The women’s Second Chance Scholarship provides a chance for people who are struggling to return to school, to become the exception and succeed.  I hope to become one of those special people and it is with great honor and appreciation that I apply for it.

This scholarship would allow me to work less and focus more on my studies. Meanwhile, this scholarship will support me to do more community service and explore my potential in assisting the needs of people. It will also motivate me to pursue academic excellence. I can assure you that I will be a dedicated professional that you will be proud to count among your ranks.

This scholarship will certainly strengthen my opportunity to take multiple research methodology courses and critical analysis which I was not able to pay for due to my financial burden. The scholarship can help me further my professional training and certification goals that I have set for myself and will in turn help me start a true career in research writing and criticism in civil society. Overall, this scholarship will help me accomplish my current goal and eventfully help me become a successful professional in the NGO field.


Noura is one of the Asherah Foundation’s outstanding recipients of 2019’s Second Chance Scholarship for women around the globe. Thank you for constantly supporting our fundraiser! We are happy to build Noura’s dream together!

*For privacy purposes, the real name has been changed.

About us: The Asherah Foundation

Dedicated to providing Second Chance Scholarships to Women around the world, the Asherah Foundation helps women obtain a post-secondary credential. Learn how you could help us support more women, by checking our fundraiser or by contacting us.

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