Fuel My Dreams

$33,135 of $36,138 goal

Raised by 587 people in 38 months
My name is Kechi Okwuchi, a 26 year old Nigerian currently living and working in Texas, United States, and I am in dire need of financial support for my impending master’s program, which begins this August 2016 at University of St. Thomas, Houston.

11 years ago, I was in a plane crash that took the lives of 107 out of a 109 passengers. I was one of the 2 survivors. I suffered third-degree burns over 65% of my body, and ever since the accident, my life has been a series of difficult surgeries and reconstructive operations, all to give me back some independence and the much needed strength to continue living life as normally as possible.





Last year, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of St. Thomas with a BBA in Economics. I have since been working at a non-profit organization in Houston. Though it has been rewarding, as an undergraduate, I had no time for internships because I was always in and out of surgery, so it was that much harder to find a paid job after graduating, especially as an international student.
I intend to continue my studies here in America, and I have long received admission to a UST masters program: an MBA in Economics. The tuition for the 2-year program is $36,138; an amount that my family simply cannot afford. I have searched for graduate scholarships over the past year, and even though my undergraduate GPA more than qualifies me for these scholarships, the fact that I am a non-U.S. citizen ultimately disqualifies me as a potential recipient. My other option would be to go back home and apply to a Nigerian university, but my burn injuries and multiple skin grafts make living in Nigeria impossible because of the extreme weather conditions and persistent, country-wide power outages. Moreover, my younger sister, now 16, starts college next year, and even with the help of the available scholarships for which she qualifies, my parents are still struggling to ensure that her fees are fully covered when the time comes. It would surely be a blessing to be able to relieve them of the pressure of somehow providing for both myself and my sister.

Please, I urge you to invest in me, in my future. Working with United Nations has been a dream of mine from my freshman year at UST, and I believe that with a BBA and an MBA in Economics, my chances of gaining an internship with the UN, WHO, World Bank or other such international organizations would multiply greatly.

I do hope that my request garners a favorable response from you all.

Thank you for reading!

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75% to the goal, this is truly amazing!
Oh my God... thank you so much for the love and support, everyone. I really didn't believe I would make it this far, not even close. It's amazing how quickly so many people rallied to help me fulfil my dreams. I'm so humbled...
I love you all!!
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A lot of people, especially fellow Nigerians, have asked for alternative methods of donating. The link below leads to my FaceBook which has my Nigerian and U,S. bank account details for those who wish to donate offline! Thank you and God bless you in advance. Truly.

https://www.facebook.com/KechiOkwuchiTrust/photos/p.972126246237423/972126246237423/?type=3&theater
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$21,000!!! Well past halfway!
I'm humbled by this outpouring of love, really...I will keep saying it: God bless every single giver, for making my MBA an achievable reality.
God bless you...!
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Almost $3,000 in less than 2 days!
To everyone who has donated so far, I'm eternally grateful.
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Maero Ozako
37 months ago
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Dear Kechi, you are an inspiration. I really wish to support in due course. I am very 'rich' now. These are indeed trying times. I pray that God will touch the hearts of many to support. May this figure be exceeded in Jesus name, amen!

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Bugatti Verona
36 months ago
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DEAR KECHI, BELIEVE ME YOU ARE STRONGEST PERSON I HAVE COME ACROSS MY WHOLE LIFE,YOU HAVE TOUCHED MORE THAN A MILLION PEOPLE WITH UR WILL..............I PRAY GOD BLESSES MOTHER EARTH WITH PEOPLE AS STRONG AS YOU ARE...GOD BLESS YOU.....I PRAY YOUR HEART DESIRES BE GRANTED.

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Horluwaseun Adelana
26 months ago
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And the Lord Almighty will continue to be with you..More testimonies are still on the way ...He kept you alive for a very vital reason ..

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Nkem Morah
37 months ago

You are in my prayers dearest Kechi.

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Tunde Adenuga
37 months ago

May the Lord open ways for you in Jesus name

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Ngozi Fejokwu
37 months ago

Dear Kechi, May God provide all your require for your MBA and even exceed your expectations in every area of your life. You are an inspiration. God bless you dear.

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Created July 7, 2016
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$20
Ty Sanwo
18 days ago
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$25
Helen Shannon
6 months ago

Kechi: I pray God willl continue to bless you, your family, and our great nation with peace, health, relief of pain and suffering, and consideration of disabled individuals who endure multiple conditions. Your songs on AGT are inspiring and exceptionally well done!

MS
$50
Mike Serra
6 months ago
$25
Verrilline Turner
18 months ago
DH
$20
Dominika Hajduk
20 months ago
$25
Anonymous
21 months ago
$40
Drew Weidhaas
22 months ago

Your so inspiring!

$50
Anonymous
23 months ago
HS
$50
Helen Shannon
23 months ago

Ketchi: Songs you chose to demonstrate your talent inspire me and many others who struggle with permanent physical disabilities. May God continue to bless you and your family with health of mind, body, and soul. I hope you may soon record your music to inspire the world to seek change for peace and support across all national origins, races, and the disabled.

$10
Anonymous
23 months ago
Maero Ozako
37 months ago
3
3

Dear Kechi, you are an inspiration. I really wish to support in due course. I am very 'rich' now. These are indeed trying times. I pray that God will touch the hearts of many to support. May this figure be exceeded in Jesus name, amen!

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Bugatti Verona
36 months ago
2
2

DEAR KECHI, BELIEVE ME YOU ARE STRONGEST PERSON I HAVE COME ACROSS MY WHOLE LIFE,YOU HAVE TOUCHED MORE THAN A MILLION PEOPLE WITH UR WILL..............I PRAY GOD BLESSES MOTHER EARTH WITH PEOPLE AS STRONG AS YOU ARE...GOD BLESS YOU.....I PRAY YOUR HEART DESIRES BE GRANTED.

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Horluwaseun Adelana
26 months ago
1
1

And the Lord Almighty will continue to be with you..More testimonies are still on the way ...He kept you alive for a very vital reason ..

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Nkem Morah
37 months ago

You are in my prayers dearest Kechi.

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Tunde Adenuga
37 months ago

May the Lord open ways for you in Jesus name

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Ngozi Fejokwu
37 months ago

Dear Kechi, May God provide all your require for your MBA and even exceed your expectations in every area of your life. You are an inspiration. God bless you dear.

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