Hie everyone! My name is Ropafadzo Chidemo. I am 19 year oldZimbabwean student studying at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. I'm supposed to be doing my final year in BCom(Informatics) - Information Systems this year but I've fallen short of funds. I use an Asylum seekers permit to study.
I live in South Africa where I moved with my family as refugees in 2013 due to the political situation in Zimbabwe. Because I do not have a South African ID, I do not qualify for any bursary to cover my fees or tuition. Here is why I really need your help.
I am owing R19 400 ($1300) for 2019 tuition and I need another R5000 ($350) to be able to register for this year. I have until the 21st of February to raise this money.
My parents both work very low-income jobs since they don't have much of an education. We are a family of 5. I am the eldest of 3 siblings sisters - Rumbidzai(16) and Rutendo(12). As a family, we have faced a lot coming from a bad political situation from Zimbabwe and settling in an informal settlement in South Africa. When we moved ,we had to go days without going to school because my parents could not afford. When we ended up going to school, I experienced intense bullying from the kids at school and I was called by my President's name. I went through the whole of high school, passed my Grade 12 with flying colors and ended up at one of the best Universities in South Africa.
I am very passionate about helping kids who are like me. Kids that didn't grow up in a comfortable home and I have been part of a mentoring program called AIME Mentoring . This program has transformed my life. I joined it because I wanted to help children and give them the mentor that I never had but that's not all I got from it. Growing up I never had friends. Same with my teenage years because of how everyone around me would look down upon me and/or bully me. However after finding AIME, I have grown in ways I never knew they were possible. I have now gained so much confidence and I enjoy what I do for these children.
Why do I want to complete my degree this year?
I believe once I complete my degree(also looking into doing my Honors in the field) , I can do a lot more with my life. If I manage to secure a good job , I can help my family get out of the misery that they are in. I want to uplift every single person from where I come from because I know how it is to ignore hunger because you have nothing to eat. I am an entrepreneur at heart . Once I've made enough money, I need to start my own consulting company and invest in property.
All this is not possible without your help. Please fund me. Thank you for your interest and time in reading my story.