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My name is Ameerali and I hail from one of the Southern states of India, Kerala. I come from an orthodox Muslim family who could not prioritize education because of cultural and socio-economic indifferences experienced by the community. However, through perseverance and persistence, I graduated from Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) in Social Work, being first person in my family to attend and graduate from a University.
I’m delighted to share with you that I have been admitted to Master’s in Power, Participation and Social Change at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK. (Offer letter attached) (https://www.ids.ac.uk/learn-at-ids/ma-power-participation-and-social-change/).
I request 5 minutes of your time, to leaf through this page and see how this is more than just a plea for money, rather support my work and ongoing mission of village development activities in rural India.
I have been voluntarily into the field of community development since school days itself. Since I hail from a lower-class family, higher education, at times, remained a distant dream. I had to take year breaks after intermediate and graduation to support my education. Grandfather was the source of inspiration for my community works as well as studies. Unfortunately, his demise in 2018 pulled me into a complete despair. Meanwhile, I had received an offer letter from the University of Lincoln, UK, for its prestigious MA Advanced program. However, due to financial constraints I couldn’t join the course.
Therefore, for last two years I have been working with various non-governmental agencies and local self-governments in Kerala. The work I did for Kalpakanchery panchayath in Kerala had received well round of applause for its unconventional mode of research (https://youtu.be/pzljaUEkgJ4) and intervention methods. Few more projects have been prepared and processing to implementation (Details of projects will be shared on demand due to its nature of confidentiality). Out of these social change initiatives, I have earned nothing but smiles in the face of socially deprived and underprivileged people. Two years of grassroots engagements with communities have in fact helped to secure a position at IDS for their prestigious master’s program in Power, Participation and Social Change. However, I didn’t earn nothing but handful of lived experiences and love of people.
If I could attend the program at IDS, I will be an inspiring role model to the budding social workers in India. Furthermore, I can assure that the fruits of knowledge and expertise I gain from IDS will be shared to the people in rural India as after the completion of course I will be working with them. Similarly, I would like to be a guide for students from rural India who wish to attend prestigious institutions for their studies in future.
Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is best in the world for development studies. QS World ranking once again put the IDS top, above Harvard and Oxford (https://www.ids.ac.uk/learn-at-ids/why-study-at-ids/). The esteemed faculty, excellent research facilities and the structure of courses make it a great place for master program. I am sure that this Masters degree will give me confidence and required knowledge to pursue my career in sustainable rural development.
Need for Fundraising:
Being a first-generation social worker, without much guidance and support, it is difficult to make a mark in this profession. Unfortunately, even though social workers work day and night, they are one among the least paid professionals in Kerala. On top of that, the pandemic has hit the NGO sector very badly, stagnating funds and repealing projects. I worked for a project undertaken by an NGO for a tenure of six months without having any salary or incentives.
Due to the pandemic, many funding institutions have frozen their scholarships and funding opportunities. Seeing the paucity of financial resources and time, I have to launch this fundraise to meet the deadlines.
I had initially hoped to secure a scholarship or a student loan that could cover all my expenses. but both these options have become unviable (as of June 28th, 2021). As my family is not very supportive about my higher education, crowd funding seems to be the last option. The total tuition fee for M A Power Participation and Social Change is GBP 18,500 (INR 19,08,308) out of which I have already arranged INR 2,00,000 through donations.
The living costs stand at almost GBP 15,000 (INR 1,545,000). I plan to work while studying to pay off the living costs like most of the students, while I am still trying to raise a loan. I will not be able to arrange the rest of the amount (INR 1,908,308) myself which I have to show in my account by the first week of September.
Cost of the course is as mentioned bellow:
Cost guide for Masters program in IDS (See the link)
|Living expenses + other expenses||12,000||1,233,984|
The field of Power, Participation and Social Change are crucial in our society and have been very close to my heart. This opportunity will help me to study and interact with people from all over the world, broaden my horizons, and expand my knowledge more. Your donations would be extremely helpful, and will help me to fulfill my aspirations.
Thank you in advance.
If you have questions and queries, kindly get me on
+91 9656032009 (WhatsApp As well)