Very warm greetings to you,
My name is Laura and I am a second-year university student studying abroad in Western Europe. I am loving my course, majoring in Human Geography, Politics and Anthropology. In the future, I hope to be working with former child soldiers in rehabilitation and education programmes to help them to build stability in their countries. I understand that poverty breeds crime, and crime begets violence, in a vicious cycle that can only be broken through education and rehabilitation, offering children the opportunity to build peaceful, secure and fulfilling lives. My most recent assignment was a 5,000-word literature review on the effectiveness of structural adjustment programmes and political conditionalities associated with foreign aid programmes from organizations such as the World Bank and the IMF, in the late 1980s and 1990s. Another assignment was exploring where sovereignty ought to reside within a society, using the writings of philosophers such as Hobbes, Rousseau and Foucault. I find the courses I am studying incredibly fascinating, continuously challenging me and my thinking, helping me to grow academically and expand my ideas for my future.
Up until now, I have paid for university myself, saving money earned through working holidays and weekends. I do not receive any financial support from my home country because I am studying abroad, and my host country doesn’t financially support students from other EU countries. A further challenge is that I have a chronic illness, fibromyalgia, which limits my ability to perform physically demanding work. It is debilitating, most days I struggle to stand for more than a minute or two, I am regularly fatigued, and walking for any length of time is difficult. Following unsuccessful spinal surgery as a child I also constantly struggle with severe lower back pain, as well as the widespread joint and muscle pain associated with the condition. Living with fibromyalgia is very difficult to cope with, physically and psychologically. My workload is heavy as my university course is full time, which also leaves me exhausted. I would rather be here than anywhere else though, for as I have said, I love what I study, and I see it as my route to success, because I refuse to be held back by this horrible illness. Without university, I will have to return to a small village back home without job opportunities, without the possibility of helping others as I so desire to do, and without means to make my life better.
My funds are running so low that I am now unable to pay for my tuition fees or rent this semester. I have some money for food and that is it. I don’t know what I will do come the end of January. I am imploring anyone reading this to please consider helping me. Dropping out of university at this point would be devastating for me, but I have exhausted all my other avenues in terms of supporting myself financially. I am not a selfish or greedy person and would not ask for help unless I was truly in need. I sincerely hope to repay any help given to me one day and seek to pass on such kindness every day of my life. I firmly believe that kindness and compassion are our most powerful capabilities.
If you have taken the time to read this, I thank you for doing so and wish you a very pleasant day. If you are able to help me, I promise that I will find a way to thank you some day. I am incredibly grateful, and I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
P.S. The picture I have accompanied is my bank statement showing £26.92 in my account. I have blurred out my account details and my address for privacy.