My name is Autumne and I am a Jamaican national doing a two-year language study programme in Japan. In July 2018 I took the leap to pursue my dreams with an aim to make use of education opportunities not available to me in Jamaica. Having been here 7 months one thing has become very clear, it is not possible for me to continue to sustain myself financially without outside intervention. I am humbly seeking support to help ease the financial and mental strain my monthly accommodation and welfare expenses cause enabling me to better focus on my studies for the remainder of my programme.
I first started learning Japanese in 2013. I instantly fell in love. I had studied French for 5 years prior, but this was the first time I truly felt in-sync with a language I was learning. Over time, I developed an even greater appreciation for Japanese through the supplementary culture lessons and events. It was challenging but fun, and I knew that I wanted more than just being a casual learner.
From a young age I have always had an interest in different languages and cultures, and my experience with Japanese renewed that appeal and prompted me to look at studying the language full-time. It soon became clear that continuing to study the language in Jamaica was not an option. After much consideration and consultation with my parents, in 2015 I began the journey of attaining my goal to study Japanese in Japan.
I have been here a little over 7 months and have maintained an “A” average. This, while working part-time 14 hours per month as an English conversation coach. My job affords me increased real life opportunities to better relate to the language and be immersed in daily life in Japan. However, the income from working 14 hours per months barely covers groceries and basic transport expenses. Thus far I have been mainly living month to month on luck and the kindness of others. Various family members were able to pool funds to help pay my tuition, however not enough to cover my monthly accommodation and grocery expenses. Which totals approximately ¥87,000.00 or about $870 USD per month. Currently it is becoming increasingly difficult to meet this minimum and trying to take on a second job to supplement my income will inevitably lead to a decline in the quality of my school work.
I am humbly asking for financial sponsorship of any amount until the completion of my study programme in April 2020. Financial intervention provided by you would help fund a very important life goal and equip a hard working young lady with the right tools to continue to make their dreams a reality.
Your assistance would be greatly appreciated, and I thank you for taking the time to consider my request.