Scarletts SOAS Masters Fundraiser

£2,700 of £7,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 34 months
I am dedicated and committed to my community and to giving people who don't have a voice the means to express themselves and be heard.

My work as both an Arts Practitioner and a Teacher has enabled me to work with young offenders, substance abusers, victims of gender violence and gifted and talented students from low socio-economic demographics. Growing up in what would have been considered a disadvantaged background,  enables me to empathise and inspire the people I work with to believe that with aspiration and support you can really become happy, healthy, contributing members of society.  I see my career continuing to work on a humanitarian level integrating teaching, healing and creativity with a view to lecturing and establishing an exchange programe and youth referral centre in the future. Achieving a place at the School of Oriental and African studies (SOAS) will enable me to do this. I need your help to make this work!

The target amount is the cost of my tuition fees over the next two years. All of the money donated will be paid directly to the university. I will continue to support myself and my son's living costs through my part time work in the community.

The MA in Global Creative and Cultural Industries at SOAS, will allow me to present my grassroots work with the community as a solid piece of research. It will also give me the opportunity to broaden my creative skills by allowing me to study more global forms of digital media such as television and radio broadcast - all with a view of sharing these practices with the young people who I create curriculum for. Having realised that I am more then a photographer or a teacher - I am excited about the prospect of returning to study with far more focus and drive to integrate my personal and professional experiences.  

Despite my academic and professional success, I still have very little support from family and as a single mother there are as many challenges, as there are moments of joy. I believe that with the help of the you the public, I will be able to fully reach my potential and will pass the good will on through my continued work with our local and global communities. 

Thank you for reading this and I look forward to sharing my progress with you all in the future.

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With all that's been going on in the world I feel like it's a very pertinent time to be studying at SOAS. I love the energy and activism of all the students from around the world and it continues to be a place of inspiration for me.

This year I have been learning about Global Media and Postnational Communication, Qualitative research methods and African and Asian cultures in contemporary Britain.

Now having completed all of my courses I am now in the final stages of my masters course with only my dissertation left to write.

Alongside the kindness and generosity of you donators, and through my work in the community I have now paid paid for the majority of my £7600 fees whilst also managing the costs of living for me and my son.

Now all I need is £750 to fully cover my fees. Any gesture large or small is much appreciated as are good wishes and love if you don't have any money to give!

Thank you thank you thank you in advance. Love you all.
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Having completed a successful first year at SOAS, I am now preparing for my final year on my MA Global Cultural and Creative Industries courses. I met new people and experimented with new ideas. Learning about Curating Cultures, Global voices in Digital Podcasts and Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media were just a few of the topics we touched on.

During this time I continued to work with young offenders promoting healthy relationships through photography and drama with Photofusion, Lambeth Youth Offending services and Children in Need. I was also a speaker at both the London Arts Fair and the National Photography Symposium about increasing diversity and access within photography.

I learned and developed so much through my studies and continued work in the community and I cannot wait to get started again - this time with a focus on my dissertation.

I could not have made it this far without the help of all of my generous supporters and whilst I have been working hard to save money to pay for the remainder of my course - I still need help to achieve my final goal.

I appreciate all of your positive thoughts and encouragement even if you are not able to donate.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you...

Lets pay the love forward!
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So the kids have gone back to school -so sorry to see the summer go but happy to Welcome autumn!


I have paid SOAS the first installments of my fees!! The amount now needed has lowered and will continue to do so as I pay my fees off over the next year.

Without all of your help this wouldn't have been possible. The next two years will definitely be a struggle financially as I have lectures on every day so will find it hard to find additional work to supplement my income. However being broke is nothing new to me - it just means I have to continue to be inventive, resilient and eternally optimistic.

Below are the confirmed courses that I have chosen for my MA:

Curating Cultures.

Transnational Communities and Diasporic Media:Networking, Connectivity, Identity.

Studies in Global Media and Post-National Communication.

Digital traditional broadcasting communication

Sound Recording and Production

Dissertation in Global Creative and Cultural Industries

Analytical Approaches to the Global Creative and Cultural Industries.

I am also excited to get involved in the wider community of SOAS with its extra curriculum activities, societies and student organisations for political and social change.


I thank you for reading and all of your continued support

With love and light


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Last year as part of Oxford Diasporas Programme at the University of Oxford and University of Leicester, I exhibited some of my work from the Indian Diaspora Project

I am very happy to have been part of this project and am looking forward to the imminent release of the catalogue. This event will showcase academic research, the visual arts and debate to look at the Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain. For anyone interested in coming along click on the link below:
The Impact of the Diasporas
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£2,700 of £7,000 goal

Raised by 25 people in 34 months
Created May 21, 2015
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Pavi R
15 months ago

All the best!

27 months ago
28 months ago
Kuunal Patel
31 months ago

all the best Scar, go be the star you were meant to be!!!

Estefânia Dogan
32 months ago

Good luck honey. I wish you all the best, and I hope this funding can help you reach your goals. I wish I could help you more, but a little goes a long way when it's given with love. love ya :)

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