Asmaa, the determined 18-year-old young lady from Upper Egypt

This is the story of a girl who fought against bad circumstances and did not bow to the inevitable

Dalia Younis
Asmaa, the determined 18-year-old young lady from Upper Egypt
UNICEF/Egypt 2020/ِAhmed Mostafa
01 September 2020

“I felt confident and didn’t lack anything.” These were the words of Asmaa who shared her feelings after attending the “My Fitness is My Skill” program, which was launched in cooperation between the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). 

"My Fitness is My Skill" program aims to inspire young girls between the ages of 10 and 18 to take an active part in the various activities, especially sports, which will contribute to their health development, build their self-confidence, make them physically and mentally fit, and provide them with a variety of life skills such as teamwork, leadership and social engagement.

Asmaa, the determined 18-year-old young lady from Upper Egypt
UNICEF/Egypt 2020/ِAhmed Mostafa
One of Asmaa's legs has been amputated, and her community excluded the idea of trying to continue her life or enjoy living again. Not only was the matter limited to the attempts to frustrate her, but it also extended to include various forms of bullying she was subjected to many times of her life.

Asmaa, the eighteen-year-old girl from Upper Egypt talks with persistence, determination, and reconciliation that exceed the capabilities of many of us. Asmaa’s life may inspire a lot of people, because she is a teacher at the Handicapped Training Center in Manfalout Center in Assiut Governorate, and at the same time, a second secondary school student in Manfalout Industrial Secondary School. Asmaa has decided to participate in the "My Fitness is My Skill” program in order to gain the experiences she can use to confront her community in a more effective way. 

Asmaa continues her talk about her own feeling after participating in the program and says, "I am special and distinctive because beauty is not confined to the beauty of form only but to the beauty of morality and people's acceptance.” 

From Asmaa’s words, we can understand the characteristics of that exceptional personality that is almost similar to the biography of the legendary characters that we used to follow and listen to with passion, because she chose to challenge the community and carry on pursuing her dreams, and not lose or give up her goals. 

One of Asmaa’s legs has been amputated, and her community excluded the idea of trying to continue her life or enjoy living again. Not only was the matter limited to the attempts to frustrate her, but it also extended to include various forms of bullying she was subjected to many times of her life. 

Was it the circumstances that inspired Asmaa to try to achieve what she wished for? Is creativity really born out of suffering? Or was it just Asmaa’s personal characteristics that were her key driver to move forward?

An exceptional case

Asmaa advises all girls to participate in the program and said, “I urge all girls to participate in the program, fight against their bad circumstances and never give up. I have put an artificial limb so that I could continue my life and achieve my goals after all that happened to me.” In her advice, Asmaa chose to concentrate on the value of sports skills in developing the individual’s personality and establishing healthy competitiveness principles in her mind.  Asmaa also stressed, in her advice, the need to combat bad circumstances and not to bow to the inevitable as if she tried to express clearly her suffering from the society and how she reacted to it.

Asmaa, the determined 18-year-old young lady from Upper Egypt
UNICEF/Egypt 2020/ِAhmed Mostafa
Asmaa said: “I urge all girls to participate in the program, fight against their bad circumstances and never give up. I have put an artificial limb so that I could continue my life and achieve my goals after all that happened to me.”

Thanks to the continued support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the collaboration of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, UNICEF was able to launch the "My Fitness is My Skill" program in the Governorates of Assiut and Qena, which targeted young girls, particularly in the rural areas, to participate in the sports activities that allow them to enjoy their right to play, entertain and acquire various life skills necessary to make them fit for their near future.


 

UNICEF/Egypt 2020