Thabyay Education Network

Thabyay Education Network's mission is to educate, develop, inspire, connect, and empower individuals and organizations who are change-makers in Southeast Asia, with a primary focus on Myanmar. We seek to achieve this through knowledge creation, innovative learning, guided skills expansion and by forging connections to networks, information and opportunities. We are inspired to create far-reaching transformations for the people of Myanmar.
Jan 12, 2012

University Scholarships for 6 Students From Burma

Introduction

Imagine walking ten miles across mountain ranges each day just to get to school. Imagine living in a community where more than three quarters of the population live hand-to-mouth, hardly able to feed themselves. Imagine spending your time digging trenches as a child, for you and your family to shelter in when a firefight breaks out. These are some of the experiences of the students who have received university scholarship awards through this project. However, sadly their experiences are not exceptional, but common in Burma, a country that has long been in the grip of social, political and economic crises. Despite such hardships, these individuals are linked by a common thread - hope and determination to make their country a better place. To succeed, they need skills which the education system in Burma cannot currently provide. However, thanks to people like you, they have opportunities to study at universities across Asia, and to return equipped to to make lasting contributions to positive change.

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships For Students From Burma’ project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 38,970 since the 1st September 2010. After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of US$ 33,502 in disbursements from GlobalGiving. By October 2011, we had disbursed US$ 31,169 to scholarship awards, leaving a remainder of approximately US$ 2,333.

Selection and awards

Since the last report on July 4th, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made six further awards totalling US$ 2,330.

The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 33 awards enabling 31 students from marginalized communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

The recipients of these awards comprise 13 women and 18 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 27), representing nine ethnic groups, studying 22 different majors at 14 different universities in five countries across Asia.

The attached report profiles detailed profiles of each scholarship award recipient.

Future Plans

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we raised over US$3,000 during our Christmas campaign on GlobalGiving. On receipt of these funds, the Selection Committee will meet to agree on the next round of scholarships awards.

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

With our best wishes,

Quentin Hewitt
Development Director
Thabyay Education Network

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Oct 11, 2011

Helping Burmese Students into University

We at Thabyay Education Network would like to express our gratitude to those who have supported our latest project 'Help 200 students from Burma study for university' on GlobalGiving.

As of October 2011, we need to raise another $39,955 in order to meet our targets. It is crucial that we meet this target to aid the academic development of students from marginalized communities with poor access to education across Burma. Providing help with university preparation will not only allow our students to receive a quality university education but in the longer run, it will also help foster positive change in Burma.

Aung Moe is one of our current students who has been working hard to prepare for university. In addition to her studies, she is doing an internship with a health organization on the Myanmar border to gain some valuable work experience. Thanks to our exam preparation course, Aung will have the academic skills required to apply for a scholarship to study public health at a university in Bangkok. Aung is just one of many ambitious students whose dreams are made reality as a result of your support for this project.

At present, we have a number of our volunteer alumni who are actively organizing events in universities and community centers to raise money for this project. We hope that these efforts will help us move closer towards meeting our targets. We are most grateful for even the smallest contributions as even US$10 can help support study material costs and transportation costs. We thank you once again for supporting us. If you have any questions about the project, or about our work, please do get in touch.

Don't forget, October the 19th is bonus day- all donations to this project via www.globalgiving.org will be matched by 30%!

With our best wishes,

Tom Kingsley

Development Officer

Thabyay Education Network

Sep 28, 2011

4 University Scholarships for Students from Burma

“I want to let the rain of freedom fall all over my country. I believe in the power of education, and the power of people, to achieve this.”

Shwe Zin, 22, Scholarship Award Recipient

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our deep gratitude to everyone (194 people so far) who has donated to our project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 35,223 since the 1st September 2010.

After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees and intermediary bank charges, we have now received a total of US$ 32,524 in disbursements from GlobalGiving.

By July 2011, we had disbursed US$ 29,568 to scholarship awards, leaving a remainder of US$ 2,956. However, one of our scholarship recipients received a scholarship donation from another private source, meaning that he was able to pay back US$ 1,596 of his original grant of US$ 2,000 to the Arohana Scholarship Fund. This meant that the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee had US$ 4,552 to allocate to new scholarship awards from 4th July 2011 (US$ 2,956 + US$ 1,596).

Selection and awards

Since the last report on July 4th, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made four further awards totalling US$ 4,552.

The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 28 awards enabling 25 students from marginalized communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

The recipients of these awards comprise 13 women and 12 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 27), representing nine ethnic groups, studying 19 different majors at 12 different universities in five countries across Asia.

Full details of award recipients are provided in the attached report.

Future Plans

Currently, the Arohana Scholarship Fund (ASF) has disbursed all funds so far received from GlobalGiving. On receipt of a new tranche of funds, the ASF Committee will meet to decide on further awards.

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

With our best wishes,

Quentin Hewitt
Development Director
Thabyay Education Network

Links:


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