My Story of Finding Hope: Marjan Ghom Ali April 30, 2019 by Azadeh Akbari Written By Marjan Ghom Ali My name is Marjan Ghom Ali. I am twenty-four years old and of Afghan descent. I have always been a very ambitious student. All my life I had hopes of going to university and I tried my best to be the best student in my class at high school. Back then I used to live with my parents, my sister and three brothers. However, I faced many obstacles in this goal and fell under a lot of pressure from my family. After my father’s stroke, he was paralyzed and depressed. He cut all contact with everyone. After five years of being in this state, he had another stroke and went into a coma. He was hospitalized for a short while, however, due to our families lack of financial resources, we were forced to make a dangerous decision and forced to bring our father back home and look after himself ourselves. He didn’t last more than three months and my father died in front of our eyes in our home. I was at a very young age and I found it very difficult to deal with the death of my father as well as poverty. I became very depressed and lost all hope. I lost track of my goals and felt useless until a friend of mine introduced me to OMID three years ago. This was the biggest and the best thing that ever happened to me in my life. Even in my wildest imaginations, I never thought that a place like OMID existed. My dreams that seemed too farfetched and unattainable, turned to reality. At OMID I was finally able to verbalize my problems with the help of the social workers and psychologists. They helped me find ways to find solutions and overcome my obstacles. In addition to the psychologists and social workers, I could also talk to other young women at OMID. I found that at OMID we were all on the same team – be it management staff, social work team, or the young women at OMID like myself. We share the same goals and united with kindness and safety. This year I will be graduating from the OMID Program and hope to go to university after I graduate. I am now a hopeful woman with a purpose, and the ability to recognize my own interests and goals towards creating a better life for myself, my family and the greater society at large. OMID is a home that truly creates hope.