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Help Asiya Raise Funds For Her Masters Programme In UK
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    Syed Asiya

    from Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir

Dear Donor,

   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.

   My parents are daily wage earners and marginalised farmers, unfamiliar with academia, brought me up in a volatile region of Kashmir, where the economic and social fabric has been damaged by the continuous emotional and psychological effect of violence, making it very difficult for women to pursue even basic education. My identity and agency as a Kashmiri Muslim woman are often debated but I believe Kashmiri women should be given a chance to represent themselves in academics, art, politics, etc. My struggle to pursue academics has been a rough one due to internet blockades, financial hardships causing mental health disturbances. However, amid the pandemic, I struggled and came out with a fortunate position of my life to pursue a Masters in Cultures and Environment of Health at the University Of Exeter, United Kingdom. I have never let my socio, economic and political conditions become a hurdle in my quest for better education. I am committed to studying and exploring my areas of interest.

Having witnessed challenges to public health in Kashmir through personal experience, community engagements, research, and documentation, a degree in Cultures and Environments of Health will open many opportunities to help thousands of women from marginalized communities in Kashmir achieve education and access to improved healthcare. I aspire to become a public health researcher. My aim is to design and deliver research impacting health and wellness of people in Kashmir, marginalized tribal communities who are at the receiving end of disparities in health care.

I have been awarded a fully-funded scholarship. The value of the scholarship is:
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 charges475 pounds
Visa Costs348 pounds
Airfare (single trip)400 pounds
Early expenses400 pounds
Emergency expenses incl. rent insurance1000 pounds
Government quarantine1750 pounds
Total4,373 pounds or 454,792 INR
 I come from a lower middle class family of marginalised farmers. With climate change having its impact on crop production, our financial stability has been shaken hugely. Imposed lockdowns and countless curfews have only brought huge losses to Kashmiri farmers and so to my parents. We barely manage our daily needs, rendering them unable to manage this amount alone. However, I strongly believe that this unaffordability should not become a hurdle in taking up the course. Therefore I am seeking your financial support.

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.

Due to government policy on transfers from foreign funds, I will not be able to receive the amount myself, only India based accounts will go through.

  I would be ever so grateful if you could give your due consideration to my request. I really look forward to receiving your help.

Your’s faithfully,
Syed Asiya

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