Hello everyone, I’m Winona De Leon from the Philippines. My parents have been separated since I was 4. My mom has raised me and two other brothers alone without any support from my dad. He would only give us money for allowance and visits us whenever he remembers. We left my dad because of domestic violence and being a womanizer until now. My mom, together with my brothers and I, and sometimes with relatives who have no shelter at the moment lives in a 25sqm house. My grandfather who is supporting for my education can no longer sustain the tuition, and because of the things that is happening in my life, I've always aimed higher and did my very best in everything. What are the chances left of me if I don’t make the most of myself now?
I recently got an unconditional offer to study Humanities and Law for my Foundation Year at INTO City University, London on the 5th of December 2016. I was granted for January intake but due to some circumstances even though it's difficult to request the university to defer the offer until September 2017, I did. Luckily, they gave me another chance for the same offer but this is my last straw making it there. The cost of my school cannot be covered by my mom nor my grandfather because my mom’s income is insufficient, I still have two brothers who are studying. She is the breadwinner of the family and has been helping out her dad and her brothers since her mom passed away on 2000 from ovarian cancer and her sister on 2006 from lung cancer. My grandfather has been diagnosed with diabetes few years ago. I have rendered 3 years of service to the government as a youth leader and was elected as a president of my district; represented the youth with the National Youth Leader of the country in one of the meetings. Together with my colleagues and the help of others I have organized several activities for children in the slum areas to name a few are evangelical missions, theater workshops, environmental awareness, livelihood, sports-fest, and soup chicken. Participated in both International and Local conventions and conferences (ASEAN Showcase, Paralegal Training to help Labor Unions of the marginalized society especially those below the poverty line, Public Speaking Program, Global Youth Forum, Global Peace Convention, Global Youth Summit, ASEAN Youth Summit, ASEAN Youth Exchange on Education, and International Youth Leaders' Summit). I also have completed a certification course in International Relations and Diplomacy, finished my TESOL and TEFL training on 2016. I am continually engaging myself in such conventions and have been doing my online courses on Future Learn (Lessons and Legacy of the First World War--UNSW Australia, European Culture and Politics--University of Groningen Netherlands, Empire--University of Exeter UK, Super Powers of the Ancient World--University of Liverpool UK) and Alison Courses (Diploma in EU Public Procurement and Diploma in Legal Studies) and few more to go because there's a wealth of knowledge for me to take advantage on for a willful empowerment.
All the documents needed are ready (IELTS with the score 6.5, school records, certificates, valid passport, valid IDs) except the tuition and medical certificate for the visa. Financial need is the only thing that stands in my way to reach my dream. London is where my aspirations and goals are leading to. In the long run, my end goal is to become an International Lawyer. I have also been looking into scholarships to cover the university fees. In order to study at the university I need to pay an amount of £28,381.95 inclusive of tuition, books, insurance, and accommodation. So, I need your help in order to continue with my education and reach my dream. Donation of any amount you make will change my life. Please help me raise money. I will give back to the universe what the universe has brought me. I don’t want to let go of my dream. Thank you so much!
Tuition is £28,381.95 converted to USD is $35,520.07 and in PHP is 1,781,293.82
For those who do not have Paypal account:
BANK NAME: BDO (Banco de Oro) Unibank Inc., Philippines
ACCOUNT NAME: Wendy Villacorta De Leon
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 393-000-6760
SWIFT CODE: BNORPHMM
BANK ADDRESS: BDO Corporate Center 7899 Makati Avenue, Makati City, Philippines
Again, thank you so much!