How you can support the Kids Like Us Bursary Fund
The role of the Kids Like Us Bursary Board is to further Kids Like Us’ (KLU) ongoing commitment to twice-exceptional students by providing opportunities for less privileged students to obtain care and support and to assist in achieving their goals.
Kids Like Us actively raises funds from the community to be able to provide bursary support to families. We encourage all applicants, friends of Kids Like Us and others, to invite their friends and family to support Kids Like Us fundraising events to ensure there are funds available for other families in need.
We receive many applications to the Bursary Fund, with the fund providing support to approximately 20% of those who benefit from KLU services. Our fundraising target for 2018 is $40,000.
Many of these applications are like Jessica‘s, at her wit’s end and seeking support for her daughter, Emma. Jessica has kindly allowed us to show her application, which you can see below.
I am writing this application to request Bursary support for my eldest daughter, Emma.
This year has been hard for our family, as not only is Emma 2e (she is gifted + severely dyslexic), so is her older brother, and her younger sister is starting to show signs of dyslexia too. For both Emma and her brother, we went to see doctor after doctor in different fields, and with every appointment the amount of money we had to support our family diminished.
Both Emma and her brother are now attending KLU and I’m talking to Anne about enrolling my youngest daughter. While KLU’s fees are reasonable, every appointment takes more out of an account that is already struggling to support three growing kids and myself. My husband died in 2014, and so we only have one income to support the four of us.
The counselling and tuition that they have received through Kids Like Us has helped them so much. When my eldest first joined, he was so angry at the world and at himself. He was smart, but just couldn’t keep up in a classroom, and every time he fell further behind he got angrier. Through talking with Anne, and with the dyslexia support he received in his tuition, he’s become so much more confident academically, and so much calmer with it. Emma has the same issues, but with less anger and more anxiety. She’s so scared of being perceived as failing thanks to her dyslexia, and it’s extended through to everything she does – she doesn’t like to raise opinions in class, she doesn’t like to go out with friends, and she doesn’t feel like anything she does is worthwhile – except at KLU.
When I first brought Emma to KLU, she panicked, shouted at me and refused to leave the car – Anne came out to chat with her, and eventually encouraged her to come inside. Now most days she asks me when her next appointment is because she wants to talk to Anne about the things she’s accomplished and the things she still worries about.
KLU has been a lifeline for my kids, and has given them a lease on life that I was scared they’d never see. And now I’m worried that they’re going to lose it. Without Bursary support, I can no longer afford to pay for two of my children to get the support they need from KLU – especially not three – and I don’t know how to tell my kids that I’m going to have to pay for one of them to come and not the others.
There is nothing I want more than the wellbeing of my children, and if I could pay for everything they need myself I would do it in a heartbeat, but I just can’t. With food, rent, supplies for school and more, the numbers just don’t add up and I just can’t let my kids go without.
If there is any funding available to support my brilliant and lovable children, I would be beyond grateful.
Please let me know if there’s anything else you need to know.