Zainab and Ava’s Post Surgery Progress Update February 1, 2018 by admin Last Nowruz we were successful in raising sufficient funds to help two young women, Zainab and Ava, get the plastic surgery they urgently needed after horrific attacks. Thanks to your generosity and following successful surgeries both are now recovering, re-building their self confidence and doing well in their studies at OMID. Zainab was the victim of an acid attack at the hands of her husband. Due to the generosity of the donors who gave last year, the much needed funds were raised and the treatment started after the Norouz holidays in early April. Multiple surgeries were needed and the final operation was concluded last summer. Zainab is now on course to graduate from the OMID Program in August 2019. She expects her to continue her studies at university where she plans to study accounting. Zainab now sees a therapist on a weekly basis, focusing on rebuilding her self-confidence. She socializes freely with everyone and is a member of the OMID Mountaineering Club. OMID’s lawyers have now finalized Zainab’s divorce. They also convinced the state prosecutor to file charges against the husband. The trial was in June and he was sentenced to 5 years in prison. Ava needed multiple reconstructive surgeries to her face after being severely beaten and left for dead by family members, who had prostituted her. Due to our donors generosity the much needed funds were raised and the treatment started after the Nowruz holidays in April. Ava is also making exceptional progress on the educational and psychological side. She is expected to graduate from high school by May 2018 and from the OMID Program in August 2019. She is deliberating between going to University or taking vocational training. Ava is interested in graphic arts and photography – two choices she never thought possible! Her surgery has been very successful and people no longer notice her scars. She has regained her self-confidence. Her father and brother were given 6 month sentences. Her guardianship has been transferred to her grandmother, but Ava still lives at the OMID shelter. The road to full emotional and psychological recovery for both Zainab and Ava will be a long one, much longer than the medical recovery, but it is not possible to put in words what an important role your financial support has played in this long and difficult journey. This generosity brought hope back into their lives and could do the same for Delbar too! DONATE to Delbar’s Nowruz Appeal.