I've never thought about the day I'd ask for a donation.
Last year, I got a scholarship to study in Japan. I am a first generation in my family to go to a university, this step of my life is wonderful and important to me. The first semester starts in April 2021.
I thought I could save up some before going to Japan and would be able to find work to support living expenses and the rest of tuition fee (the scholarship does not cover everything, it only reduces some of tuition fee), but COVID-19 comes and it hits me hard. I lost my part-time job and I could't find any since I don't have skills needed, I'm now living on my saving which runs out everyday.
Since COVID-19 is all around, even though I try to look on the bright side but the situation right now is very frightening. I don't know if I could find work in Japan to pay for a living and next semester fee (I already borrowed some money to pay for the first semester fee and other expenses), and I have to take Japanese classes there before applying for a job. (I'm trying my best right now to study Japanese by myself so I could work sooner.)
The university told me I need around 8,200,000 yen (~80,000 USD) to finish my degree (4 years living expenses plus 4 years tuition fee.)
The amount of donation includes:
- Bank Balance Statement 1,500,000 yen (~14,000 USD) to get a student visa.
(14500 USD, 19 Jan 2021, depends on exchange rate at the time.)
- A ticket to Japan
- Tuition fee for next semester (September 2021)
- Hotel and living expenses while quarantine (They just told me at the beginning of this year that international students need to quarantine for 14 days at the hotel, I don't know how much this will cost.)
These are the expenses I could think of right now.
I also sell a shirt to get a support for living, another way to make money to pay for bills, food, rent while I'm in my home country (even though I haven't had any sales haha). If you like the design or you would like to support you can visit my shop at shorturl.at/crtXY
You can find the information for Japan Student Visa here.
I know COVID-19 effects all around the world and we all are suffering but if you are in a position to help, your generosity could change someone life. I'm glad and appreciate for every cents and share.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
P.S. There will be another design available at my shop but it could take some time since I have to borrow my friend's tablet to design. It's kinda difficult to meet up right now. haha
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