Neetu is a young woman who came to the United States with her husband from their home country of India to study at a local university. After suffering physical abuse at his hand, Neetu sought help from U.S. authorities to separate from her husband and is now living on her own. Neetu’s family have turned away from her after marriage and have not offered any help support, and she has reason to believe that returning to India could be life-threatening. Neetu has sought help and has applied for a visa to remain in the United States, but in the interim, before a work permit arrives, she cannot legally work to earn money to support herself. The court ordered spousal support from her husband, but that has run out. Now, we seek help for Neetu’s housing and utility costs.
Neetu spends the majority of her time volunteering and giving back to the community. As she has a Master’s degree in physics, she spends time at the local children’s science center. She enjoys playing with them and helping them learn from the exhibits. Neetu also tutors adults in mathematics at the adult learning academy. She helps maintain community gardens and frequently volunteers for city-wide festivals. She is beloved by many and makes friends wherever she goes.
Neetu is very frugal and resourceful. She uses a bike and public transportation and gets by with only a few dollars per day for food. A local church has found her a small apartment to rent and has been able to cover the initial costs, but those financial resources will soon run out. According to the USCIS processing update, it could be 24 months before Neetu receives a decision on her visa. Until then, we hope to raise enough money to cover her rent and utilities.
If Neetu is granted a visa to remain in the United States, she hopes to seek a career in science or engineering education.