International Student Support Officer, CDU & Coordinator – Kindness Shake
Hello, this is Ben Poveda-Alfonso and I work in the CDU Global Office. As someone who has been an international student and works with international students, I have seen first hand the struggle that International Students have been experiencing.
International students have been hit very hard by the economic fallout of the Coronavirus Pandemic, with most losing their employment income.
This has been made worse by the fact that International Students do not qualify for government support, leaving them with little or no income at all to survive in Australia.
In response, Charles Darwin University has introduced a large number of programs to support their students, including the Kindness Shake, which is a program that I helped create to provide students with a weekly free meal.
“It's really good for the essential things that I need, and it’s a big help definitely:
“It has helped us a lot, as we don’t have a job due to COVID-19”
“I am really grateful for this opportunity, thank you so much!”
Please, if you are in a position to be able to help, I ask you to please consider donating to CDU’s Emergency Student Appeal.
Our students desperately need your support to help them get through this difficult time.