Help Gail become a teacher so she can stop the poverty cycle!
I am Gail Ncube is a 19 -year old Zimbabwean asylum seeker living in Johannesburg. I was accepted to study a Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase at the University of Witwatersrand. I cannot afford the uni fees. I have tried unsuccessfully during the last two years to raise the money. Even though both my older sisters work, their combined monthly income of £500 barely covers monthly expenses and medicines for their unemployed mother.
I applyed for bursaries but because i am not a South African citizen i did not qualify. Also, as an asylum seeker i have limited access to financial aid and the university requires a 75% upfront payment for foreign students.
I needs your help today so i can have a future tomorrow!
The vision behind this appeal
i am one of millions of girl refugees globally who through a lack of opportunity will forever be trapped in the cycle of poverty and charity. I do not want harity, i do not want pity. I have dreams of having what girls in the UK or US take for granted - a chance to study, a chance to work, a chance to help my family and also a chance to run her own charity one day to give other disadvantaged kids a chance to turn their lives around.
No longer do we live in silos. We are interconnected like never before. GogetFunding is a community crowdfunding vehicle that helps us collectively make a difference in other people's lives. I would like to think there are at least 1000 people out there who are happy to not have a coffee to or from work for just one day in order to help me reach my goal of getting an education.
A small sacrifice - a small act of kindness - with a huge pay-off!
How much money does do ineed?
I need to raise €3200 for her first year's education. As a foreign student, i needs to pay 75% of ny uni fees by the end of February in order to continue to study.
What the money will be used for?
€2246 - university fees
€368 - daily transport to uni and back
€ 234 - stationery and books
€ 352 - laptop
A bit about myself
My family fled to South Africa when i was 5 year's old. My mother was a political activist for the MDC in Zimbabwe. The opposition party accused her of being an informant and destroyed all their belongings and burnt down her business. Out of desperation she fled with her three daughters to South Africa in the hope of building a future for them.
Life was anything from rosy - from harassment for being a foreigner, to her mum struggling to make ends meet as a street vendor, going hungry when there was no food, being out of school when medicines for my mum took precedence over school fees and even sleeping on the streets when money ran out completely.
One would think that being confronted with ongoing hardship at such a young age would make me bitter and morbid. On the contrary, here i am, a girl with a sunny disposition, who knows how to work hard, has overcome obstacles, over and over again, and is sensitive to the needs of others.
For the last 5 years i have been part of her church's youth group in Braamfontein and regularly participates in their fundraising rallies to orphanages supported by the church. I have been teaching Sunday School since 2014 and is currently tutoring children who need help with their maths and English - all as a volunteer.
Why should we help Gail?
* Gail is an ordinary girl - her story could so easily be our story - we don't choose where, how, and when to be
* Gail represents the best of what youth has to offer the world of today - an ability to be resilient and
adaptable no matter what and to turn one's pain into a vehicle for helping others
* Helping Gail is not just about helping out an individual but giving her chance to make a difference to her
family, her community and be a role model to other refugees that "you can do it if your persevere! "
I deserve to have a chance in life.
Please sacrifice one coffee today to help Gail reach her goal of raising £3200 towards her education. Collectively our 1000 coffees can make a difference!