I am Syed Asiya, a former student of ‘St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai’. I am a first-generation learner from a small village in Pulwama, Kashmir. I am seeking financial assistance of 4,54,792 INR to help me study Masters in Cultures and Environments of Health in UK, for which I have been awarded full scholarship covering tuition fees and living expenses, except visa, travel and mandatory quarantine.
A full tuition fees deduction of 19,400 pounds.
A contribution towards living costs (stipend) totaling 16,000 pounds (to be paid in 12 monthly installments of 1333-33 pounds).
However, visa, travel, mandatory quarantine, and early expenses upon arrival are to be borne by me which is unaffordable to me, given my socio-economic position. I need your help in raising Rs 454,792 that will cover visa, early expenses, mandatory quarantine and emergency expenses. I am not in position to manage this amount alone, therefore requesting you to support me by contributing some amount. I am attaching my admission and scholarship offer for your perusal.
This is what is reflected in the updated goal amount:
|International health charges||475 pounds|
|Visa Costs||348 pounds|
|Airfare (single trip)||400 pounds|
|Early expenses||400 pounds|
|Emergency expenses incl. rent insurance||1000 pounds|
|Government quarantine||1750 pounds|
|Total||4,373 pounds or 454,792 INR|
I completed a bachelor's in Sociology and Anthropology from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai funded by various scholarships. Thanks to the college, various NGOs, and people, that I was able to complete my BA (Majors Sociology). I have been engaged in student activism, advocacy, and community building against communalism, majoritarianism, and colonialism.
Work and Engagements:
I have worked in Maharashtra and Kashmir on multiple projects concerning public health. I have researched and documented the impact of violence and conflict on the health and well-being of people in Kashmir. I have researched on experiences and challenges faced by tribal communities in accessing basic health care in Kashmir.
1. Core committee member at the Department of Inter-Religious Studies.
Worked in a collaborative project of DIRS with Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (Indian Muslim Women’s Movement). The project aimed at understanding the impact of the 2002 Gujarat Riots on the socio, economic, health, and wellness state of Muslim women in Bahrampada, a slum area of Mumbai.
Worked in a collaborative project of DIRS with Association of Democratic Reforms for campaigning democratic values and electoral policies in the college.
Worked in collaboration with Kashtkari Sangathan in organizing traditional medicinal knowledge workshops for college students.
2. Social Involvement Programme
Volunteered at St. Andrews Church, Mumbai for Homeless Street Children Project. I was involved in extending healthcare-related knowledge and information to children living in slums.
3. Kashmir Women’s Collective
Worked with domestic violence survivors suffering mental health issues like PTSD. Worked on property rights of women awareness campaigns in rural Kashmir.
4. Jammu and Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society
Currently, I am working on the documentation of human rights violations against women of Jammu and Kashmir.