Please help raise UK£20,000/Aus$27,000 to enable me to study Information Technology at Western Sydney University (WSU) starting in October 2017. Once I have graduated I will use the skills to develop other Nepalese women and set-up a network to access the digital economy.
My parents have supported my education for many years and are very positive about me as a women obtaining a degree. However my education fund, (my savings and my parents’ savings) needed to be invested in re-building our home that was destroyed in the earthquakes a couple of years ago. To get started I need to demonstrate a bank balance to cover first year fees and fund the University and Visa application process via an Education Agency which can be expensive. Once I am enrolled I will be able to apply for Scholarships for later years and work (within the rules of the Visa). I just need help with that first step. Thank you for reading this and taking an interest in my situation.
Why Information Technology?
Although we are a forward looking country, women in Nepal still find it difficult to access skilled jobs and technology is one of the key factors holding us back. If I could up-skill myself I can then return and set up a technology network to develop other women who are unable to travel for education or work.
The digital economy is growing and a wonderful opportunity for the women of Nepal. In the future we could access work from home, maybe sell local goods and get jobs working for western based companies with Nepalese connections. My passion and purpose is to help create opportunity for the thousands of us with aspirations but limited prospects.
The teaching quality is excellent, I want to access the standard of education which will enable me to return to Nepal and help in the sustainable development of my country.
Australia is a popular hub for Nepalese students and has the advantage that after we are established we are able to obtain a study/work visa in order to cover ongoing fees and living costs.
What will I do with the money?
The estimated cost of my first 12 months at Western Sydney University (WSU) is £20,000/Aus $27,000. My parents are taking out a loan to the maximum level that they can access Aus$5,000. Once I have gained entry, I would also study hard to be eligible to apply for University grants and scholarships which would make me easier to pay fees in the following years. Unfortunately I cannot access the normal Australian Professional and Career Development loan and I will not be able to work full time as I will be on a student visa so raising the funds to start out is extremely difficult on my own.
Any donations that you can give, big or small, will be greatly appreciated and I commit to you that I will use my new skills to help others.
Who Am I?
I was born in 1997 in a rural part of Nepal, a small village called Dolakha. It was a simple childhood with very basic living standards but luckily for me my parents believed in education and I worked hard from an early age to learn as much as I could from the limited facilities available. I achieved distinction grades and my teachers and parents would love for me to achieve my full potential and gain a degree.
Unfortunately the earthquake in April 2015 significantly changed the life of my family and our whole society. Tragically many lives were lost we were lucky that our immediate family were not hurt we only lost things that could be replaced - our house and material belongings. With a family of eight and the need to rebuild our lives obviously my plans for education could not be priority. It was partly experiencing this period of destruction that has inspired me to want to become an expert in something that can really help my country to recover and I am particularly passionate about skills that I can transfer to my fellow women. When I return from studying my first aim is to empower the women local to me in basic computer skills and then build from there.
I am very optimistic about the future for me and my country. Please help my cause and you will be helping more than just me. To all the kind people around the world who have taken the time to read this and to donate I hope very much to meet and introduce you to my beautiful country.
Thank You! Manisha
Please note Paypal and online banking do not work reliably in Nepal – for both technical and political reasons. A friend has set up a Paypal account for me in the UK which I control. Unfortunately I could not do this for the credit card option