RM6,493.00raised of RM27,900.00 goal goal
Cost of Living
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[UPDATE - 26 July 2023]
I have been chosen to receive the Italian Government MAECI Scholarship on July 21st, 2023. There will be changes to the amount needed to raise as well as its particular. This will be reflected on the page via a new table uploaded with the breakdown of remaining costs. Please go to UPDATES to read on these amendments in detail.
The new amount on this website also adds the 5% cut of the site to it.
This is the new table, you may also view it as the last photo in the gallery:
Assalamualaikum and hello everyone!
My name is Durrah and I am 25 years old. I am currently an offer holder for a Master's in European and Global Studies at the University of Padua, Italy and will be starting my program this October. Due to my outstanding achievement as an undergraduate, the university has funded 60% of the costs I would need to study there. However, I still need that 40% to make this dream come true!
I really need your support because I come from a B40 (Bottom 40%) family in Malaysia with a family income of just MYR2200/month. My father is the only breadwinner as my mother is a person with disabilities (PWD) on welfare and I have a younger brother still in school. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, my father has used up his EPF funds to sustain our lives until he finally got a job in 2023. On our own, my family cannot afford to send me abroad but my father would like to see me go as I am the only child to graduate from university in the family.
The reason this Master's is important to me professionally is because during my undergraduate, I have developed a niche in security studies in the Southeast Asian region. I never realised my potential as a researcher until my second year thanks to the support of my lecturers. I enjoy researching the region and its international relations and security issues. Southeast Asia is dynamic and interesting and I want to keep discovering the region and understand how I can contribute to make it better. The path towards being an academician is one that I want to pursue and it will be difficult to do so without a Master's Degree.
If you are hesitant on whether I can return your support with success, please know that I have a proven track record of outstanding results in my studies and have previously received sponsorships by private individuals and institutions for my studies because of my success.
For further details of the funds breakdown and why I need your help, please refer to the pitch deck pictured! I hope that the pitch deck will show you my determination!
- The amount reflected on the campaign page reflects the 5% platform fee which will be deducted. I have added the 5% to ensure that the 5% will not be deducted from the actual donation amount.
- I am also working on offline funding from private individuals and foundations. If, at any point, I receive funding from them, whatever the amount, it will be reflected on the campaign page under the "Raised Offline" category.
2. Settling-in Money
Now, I will have settling-in money while waiting for my scholarship money to be deposited by the university upon opening an Italian bank account.
3. Rental Deposit
Now, I can book a room for my long-term stay in Padova (Padua). This will ensure I can pay the deposit and the agency fee as well.
4. Cost of Living
I need to fund the first 4 months of my life in Italy before the scholarship is credited into my bank account. I am putting a minimum of EUR600 a month for my cost of living inclusive of the rent which amounts to EUR2400 (RM12100). Once the crowdfund hits RM15,320 I would have raised enough.
I will write a personalised thank you note for you to thank you for your support. Please leave your address upon checkout for me to arrange postage of the note to you.
I will personalise a thank you video for you. Please leave your email upon checkout for me to send you the video.
I will prepare a quarterly update throughout the duration of my studies and you will be added to the mailing list. You will receive these updates to ensure you that your funds have been used wisely during my studies and that I can show you the activities/achievements I have during every quarter for your reference. Please leave your email upon check out for me to communicate with you.
Funding Updates + Preparation DetailsUpdate posted by Durrah Malek at 02:51 pm
Assalamualaikum and good day all,I'd like to update you with some important details:(1) I've already started my visa application on August 24th, 2023 at the Embassy of Italy in Kuala Lumpur following the issuance of my MAECI Awarding Letter. The visa is still being processed and I hope there will. . . . .
Funding Updates + Preparation DetailsUpdate posted by Durrah Malek at 11:18 am
Assalamualaikum and good day to all,I am here to update a couple of things for you all.(1) I have received a donation of a new laptop from one of my funding avenues. The funder is not able to make a monetary donation but has instead given me a brand new. . . . .
Funding Updates + Change in Amount to RaiseUpdate posted by Durrah Malek at 09:32 am
Assalamualaikum and good day to all donors,I'm here to inform you that I have been successful in one of my funding avenues, the Italian Government MAECI Scholarship. I have been awarded a grant that will pay for my tuition fees, pay any application fees, provide medical insurance and also provide. . . . .
Funding UpdatesUpdate posted by Durrah Malek at 01:32 pm
Hi everyone!First of all, I want to thank you for your support in donating and sharing this campaign. I am truly grateful and happy to have received so much encouragement and support.My updates:- I've connected with higher ups at KBS (Ministry of Youth and Sports) to see if there can. . . . .
Milestone #2 - Achieved!Update posted by Durrah Malek at 06:46 am
Hi everyone!I'm happy to inform that we've reached the second milestone for the crowdfunding. next, it will focus on the third milestone - the house deposit to ensure housing is secured. I'm grateful to everyone who has taken the time to share this campaign to those around them, and I. . . . .
We're on track!Update posted by Durrah Malek at 05:25 am
Hi everyone, here's some updates I can share with you regarding the funding process + what we're on track for!1) I've worked on several funding outlets, and I'm waiting for the final decisions from two sides and I have tried getting connected with someone who has a substantial social media. . . . .
Milestone #1 - Achieved!Update posted by Durrah Malek at 03:29 pm
Hi everyone!I can't believe the first milestone of this campaign has been reached in just 2 days! All my donors, thank you so much for your trust. To my family and friends, I appreciate all your hard work sharing it out and being a part of this with me. The. . . . .
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