My girlfriend and I are both from poor families with each our own tragedies, we met and as our relationship developed both realized that we don't want to be with anyone else. And although in terms of our relationship and studies things are going very good, financially we are having an immensely difficult time. She is lucky enough to have a bursary that funds her studies, I, on the other hand, had to work holidays, make a loan in my own name, and work extremely hard in order to qualify for merit bursaries, to cover my tuition fees. I am currently working part-time at a guesthouse as well as a student assistant at the University of the Free State while also doing my honors in Politics - International Relations. Although I am coping with my part-time jobs and academics, and she is coping with her studies in Actuarial Sciences, we have no transport, no way of getting around. I had a scooter but an accident led to it being out of order. She wants to start a part-time job but without transport it has been extremely difficult for her.
What I'm asking then might be seen as a privilege, rather than a basic need, but in modern times no transport for two students can be a great impediment. Neither of our folks are in any position to help us, although they always give whatever they can spare. My parents pay a part of my rent while I the rest, with the income I receive from my part-time jobs. My girlfriend and I also support each other financially where possible, but often times still have to reach out to family and friends for small amounts of money for food and the necessities.
We don't mind working part-time, we don't mind having to study extra hard for a better future, we don't mind struggling together, we just want one less thing to worry about, the great hurdle that we just see no other solution to. We've been struggling financially for the majority of our lives and now being blessed to share the load with each other has made it better, but to have a vehicle we can share, that would just be a great ray of sunshine in our tunnel of hardship.
Any amount would be a great help, we've relied on the love and charity of others so much in the course of our lives that we are excited for the future, for the chance to eventually give to others as have been given to us. Thank you all in advance.