BENEFITING: FYERA FOUNDATION
Martin Luther king once said, “in order to change how people think we need to change their consciousness.“
My name is Nahida Tannous. The photos to the left are me, singing for peace with other young women from the Middle East. I am a Palestinian from Ramallah, in the West Bank, and a Senior Young Leader in the organization www.creativityforpeace.org. Unlike many that I grew up with who don’t have the privilege of pursuing higher education, I have managed to complete my first 3 and a half years as a student at Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus studying Radio, TV, and film making, all while being an active peace builder in my conflict torn part of the world. At the moment, I need $4,000 for the final semester to complete my university degree.
The famous writer Paulo Coelho expressed well why I chose filmmaking and communications as a major: ”The power of storytelling is exactly this: to bridge the gaps where everything else has crumbled.” I personally see films as a way of universal cross-cultural communication, no matter what background we come from. I believe with my film education and the films I hope to make one day, that I will be able to send important messages such as love, hope, understanding, and most importantly peace needed for our human souls in order to make the world a better place in which to live for all.
Each of us dreams of becoming something big, of mattering to the world. We all have dreams that we want to fulfill. Some of succeed. Others don’t fail: they simply never get the opportunity to see their success come to fruition. I am writing this so that I can be in the former category, rather than the latter.
Education comes as a major need in my life. I feel continuing my education will be my boarding pass towards turning my vision of becoming an effective film director and global changemaker into action.
With your help I will be able to finish my last year of education in my bachelor degree, and head forward in fulfilling my passion and most importantly in being a creditable change agent for a better world. Thank you from the depth of my heart for whatever support you can provide. No support is small- every little bit can make a big difference for me, and it is my commitment that the difference it makes for me I will translate into a positive difference for the world. Thank you!