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Does knowledge have borders?

£140,322
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This project has no minimum! This project will receive all pledges made by midnight, Sun 30 Jul 2017

Help support the living costs of a displaced person studying at SOAS.

Borders are closing and people are turning their backs on the displaced and dispossessed.

Hundreds of SOAS alumni, staff, students and friends of the School took a stand to support displaced people - will you join them?

In January 2017, SOAS announced six undergraduate and one postgraduate Sanctuary Scholarships for displaced people, who cannot access student finance. These scholarships cover tuition fees; however they do not cover living costs.

Studying in London is very expensive and these students are denied the right to work and are unable to access public funds.

The student community, in particular the SOAS Solidarity with Refugees and Displaced People Society, and the SOAS Alumni team have been working to raise the £250,000 needed to support all seven scholars throughout their studies.

In February of this year we ran a crowdfunding campaign and raised an incredible £160,000 thanks to the generosity of SOAS alumni, staff and students. However we still have a way to go.

We need your support to raise an additional £90,000 to support all seven scholars.

In Syria and beyond a whole generation has lost the right to education - your gift will help a displaced person to study at SOAS.

“As a person displaced from his original home, I know first-hand that scholarships are the beginning of hope” - David Onen Ongwech (MSc Social Anthropology of Development), scholarship recipient.

Borders are closing and people are turning their backs on the displaced and dispossessed - thank you for taking a stand to support displaced people.

Spread the word on social media:

Bonus Challenges

You have the option of becoming a challenge matchfunder. Click on 'Make an offer' to challenge our community to unlock your gift, so it goes even further.

If you would like to talk to the team about this then please get in contact with Harris Laspas at h.laspas@soas.ac.uk.

Challenges

These challenges have been set by the community and can increase the impact of your participation in the SOAS Sanctuary Scholarships Appeal. Once a challenge is completed, the corresponding bonus award will unlock.

The first £20000 donated to this project will be matched by an Anonymous Donor

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We want you to join us as a SOAS ambassador!

At a time when borders are closing around the world, and people are turning their backs on the displaced and dispossessed, at SOAS we are determined to take a stand to support these vulnerable people.

SOAS has announced 7 SOAS Sanctuary Scholarships, to give displaced people who cannot access student finance, a chance to enter higher education in the UK.

SOAS has covered the cost of tuition fees – six for undergraduates and one for postgraduate– to let displaced people begin their studies at SOAS.

SOAS has launched the SOAS Sanctuary Scholarship Appeal to raise money towards living costs for these students. Living costs in London are very high, and these are students who have fled some of the most desperate situations in the world, and who often have nothing, or very little beyond subsistence.

We hope to raise £150,000 over the next two weeks towards the appeal. An anonymous donor has already generously agreed to match the first £20,000 donated, pound for a pound.

However, we need your help to spread the word. We would love for you to join us as an Ambassador for our Sanctuary Scholarships Appeal by reaching out to your social media networks.

You can play your part in helping ensure a generation of deserving students does not miss out on higher education. The time commitment we need is low, but the impact you have will be enormous.

All you will need to do is sign up to our campaign at https://sanctuary.soas.ac.uk. You can register with Email, Facebook or Twitter. The platform allows you to log in and share messages about Sanctuary Scholarships with your social networks, with just a few clicks. You can also track the number of donations and clicks you cause, so you can see the impact you have.

Thank you for your support.