Thanks for being here. My name is Karla Oliveira, I’m a Brazilian Ph.D. candidate who came to Canada (at McGill University) to pursue a dream of impacting peoples’ lives. I study breast cancer and I came with the purpose of using the model I’m developing to test drugs and improve (even if just a little bit) the rate of success of new medication.
I was supposed to stay here for a year but then COVID-19 happened. Thankfully, due to the scientific impact of my research, I was able to extend my contract with McGill and my Canadian visa for 4 months, allowing me to complete my experiments. Unfortunately, my grant and scholarship were over at the original due date.
As you might know, Montreal is not cheap and for the past four months, I’ve been relying on friends in order to have a place to sleep and food to eat. Literally, I don’t know what I would have done without them.
Right now, I have to arrange my return to Brazil. Again, due to COVID and all the delays it caused, I was not able to purchase my ticket in advance (I really didn’t know when I would be done). I have to leave Canada by July 06th and I cannot afford a ticket at the current rates: as you know, international travel is not a booming industry right now. Flights via the US are way cheaper but require an American visa. There are no appointments before January/2022, so no way I can do it. Air Canada won’t have direct flights to Brazil until July. My other options cost not less than 1200 CAD.
You may wonder why I don’t get another job in the meanwhile. Well, unfortunately, my visa doesn’t allow me to work in places other than my lab at McGill. So, I’m doing this “go fund me” to ask you to please help me sort out this crazy situation. I’m asking for 1,500 CAD to help me purchase my ticket as well as have some pocket money for the trip back home. Please know that it’s not easy for me to ask for help like this. I’m in a very vulnerable situation and I see no alternatives.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for your kindness.
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