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Annika’s story

I’m a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. When the Covid-19 lockdown was announced here, I knew my finances would suffer because my income is mostly made up from tutorials and labs session for undergrad students.

I also found it hard to concentrate on my research because of the emotional challenges of the pandemic, as well as having to meet family & financial obligations. And with the closure of the University due to the lockdown, it was obvious to me how vulnerable I was.

Being a member of IET, I was aware of Foothold from the mails sent to members, so I got in touch. The Foothold team attended to me with the utmost professionalism. I felt so much empathy and understanding from the team in our interactions!

Foothold helped me meet my living expenses and I’m so grateful for that. With the support of Foothold, I can meet the needs of my family and my kids can smile again. Honestly, I was really stressed before now. And it was difficult to approach individuals or organisations for help during this trying time. I know we all have different challenges to deal with.

But Foothold stepped in, and now I can look forward to the future with hope. With the support of Foothold, I can continue with my research without financial stress. I can confidently say the financial support came at the right time.

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This means a lot to me and my family.

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