Dear all who are reading these lines,
I don’t know who you are, where you are headed and where you come from but I wanted to share my story with you. My name is Dijana Dubovic. I was born in Kosovo, the Albanian-speaking part, from the Roma community. For a short time in my life I had parents and family. But when I turned 14, I was sent to an orphanage in Belgrade without speaking a word of Serbian. Today I am 25, successfully studying at the University of Belgrade. But I am writing to you from the very same orphanage.
I’ve faced a lot of suffering throughout my life, from not having a family to living in an orphanage, but being perceived as the wrong gender has been the hardest battle I’ve had to overcome. I am a woman, despite what other people think of me. I have started a transition process last year. But this year, as I’m turning 26, I will need to leave the orphanage I grew up in. This means I have come to the point where I cannot do this alone anymore, and need you to help me finish the process. As a transgender person I have hard times finding a job in a country where most of young people have hard times financially sustaining themselves.
What drives me is my wish to learn, to educate, to grow, to support others and to be socially engaged. I am not ashamed of talking about my suicidal thoughts and losses I experienced either. My teachers, tutors and friends say I am on the right track.
I am only asking you for as much as you can give. Even if you might think that your donation is small, it will be enough to change my life to become who I am. I cannot do this alone. Thank you for changing my life!
What exactly I am fundraising for:
It will be one year in August since I’ve started the hormonal therapy. An endocrinologist and two psychiatrists issued a confirmation. In September I will submit the medical documentation after which I will be put on a list for a surgery.
In Serbia, the health care insurance covers 65% of the surgery.
The remaining 35% is 205.469 RSD (cca 1750 EUR).
The hormonal therapy costs 10.000 RSD a month: (Neofollin - 8pcs a month and Androcur 50mg every day) X 12 months - 12000 RSD (cca 1000 EUR).
Epilation (obligatory part of preparation for the surgery 6000 X 10 epilations) - 6000 RSD (cca 500 EUR).
+ additional crowdfunding charges (6.9% - crowdfunding platform + 2.9% PayPal + transfer to Serbian bank account)
Total: 4000 EUR