Pathfinder International

Pathfinder's mission is to ensure that people everywhere have the right and opportunity to live a healthy sexual and reproductive life. We believe that reproductive health is essential for creating better opportunities throughout life. When people take charge of choices about when and how often to have children, they not only have the opportunity to lead healthier lives, but they also gain confidence and can better pursue their education, contribute to the local economy, and engage in their communities.
Dec 17, 2013

Income Generation for Ethiopian Women Dec 2013

Pathfinder International and the Addis Ababa Women’s Association

GlobalGiving Progress Report

Income-Generating Activities for Ethiopian Women Project

September- November 2013

 

BACKGROUND 

Pathfinder International and its partner, the Addis Ababa Women’s Association, received funding from generous GlobalGiving donors to support low-income women to engage in income-generating activities (IGAs) and to empower them to become self-sufficient and productive. With the generous support of these donors, 97 low-income Ethiopian women have started their own business.  Each woman was provided with business skills training in addition to reproductive health information. Beneficiaries are engaged in various types of businesses including poultry, small-scale restaurants, vegetable gardening, petty trade, animal fattening and dry foods preparation. Testimonials from beneficiaries demonstrated that GlobalGiving support continues to bring about positive change in the lives of these women and their families by providing household food security, the ability to send their children to school, personal satisfaction, and control over their own income.

UPDATE

Local Woreda Ceremony

During this reporting period, the project focused on strengthening our existing and established IGA groups. In a recent local ceremony, the project transferred seed money (1,500 Birr) to 15 beneficiaries of an IGA group recruited this past summer. The ceremony was hosted by the woreda (district) administration, with woreda high officials present. The contributions of the GlobalGiving donors were acknowledged and beneficiaries praised their generosity, which came about during an especially challenging time in these women’s lives. As our donors may recall, one of our IGA groups, a small dry foods preparation business, suffered a setback when a fire broke out in their goods storehouse in May 2013. This new seed money will once again economically empower these women to re-establish and rehabilitate their business. The women are doing their best to revive their work and regain their previous customers. However, they still lack equipment like a refrigerator and electrical cooking materials. This has slowed down the pace of their recovery, but the beneficiaries are feeling the gracious support of the GlobalGiving donors and their woreda community.

Visits made by International Conference on Family Planning Participants

The International Conference on Family Planning was recently held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on November 12-15, 2013. This global conference gathers family planning advocates, government officials, Ministries of Health, and NGOs from across the world that have a vested interest in women and their health.  Among the many pre-conference activities was a visit to the Addis Ababa Women’s Association, its partners and grassroots network. Conference participants visited the GlobalGiving and Pathfinder projects, including the IGA project. . Fruitful discussions were held about the project and the support of GlobalGiving donors led to talk of opportunities for new future funding. The visit paved the way for the Association to promote its work and for the beneficiaries to have interactions with these stakeholders from the international family planning community.       


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Dec 17, 2013

Educate and Empower 800 Ethiopian Girls- Dec 2013

Pathfinder International and Addis Ababa Women’s Association

GlobalGiving Donors Report

Educate and Empower 800 Ethiopian Girls Project

September - November 2013


BACKGROUND

GlobalGiving donors have generously supported Pathfinder International’s project to empower women and girls in Ethiopia by providing scholarships for their continued education to mitigate their risk of dropping out and to build their life and leadership skills. Since May 2008, Pathfinder has recruited 104 female students from poor families through its GlobalGiving project, Educate and Empower 800 Ethiopian Girls. In total, 77 girls from Addis Ababa and 27 girls from the Amhara region have received scholarship assistance and orientation on youth reproductive health issues.

UPDATE

We had an exciting start to the school year, with 20 young women who have received scholarship support continuing their education by enrolling in university. During this reporting period, the project did not enroll new scholarship beneficiaries, as the majority of new recruits (12 female students) were enrolled during the previous reporting period, prior to the September start of the school year. Instead, during the last quarter, the project extended tuition and school supplies assistance to four existing beneficiaries for a total of 40 additional months in school.

With the support of GlobalGiving donors, Pathfinder is currently providing support to 77 girls, who, in addition to receiving tuition assistance for continued education, are provided with sexual and reproductive health education and support for girls' clubs that provide social support and mentoring by successful women in their communities. Our comprehensive model integrates health information and life skills to help adolescent girls realize their full potential.


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Sep 19, 2013

Pathfinder Progress Report for June-August 2013

Pathfinder International Ethiopia and Addis Ababa Women Association

GlobalGiving Educate and Empower 800 Ethiopian Girls (Merged previous Girls' Scholarships project and Girl Effect project)

June- August 2013 Report

 1. BACKGROUND

GlobalGiving donors have generously supported Pathfinder International’s project to empower women and girls in Ethiopia by providing scholarships for their continued education to mitigate their risk of drop-out and to build their life and leadership skills. Since May 2008, Pathfinder recruited 104 female students from poor families through its newly-merged GlobalGiving projects now called Educate and Empower 800 Ethiopian Girls. In this project 77 girls from Addis Ababa and 27 girls from the Amhara region are receiving scholarship assistance and orientation on youth reproductive health issues.

During this reporting period, seven new girls have been recruited and received scholarship assistance. Due to the new scholarship assistance they received, these female students have been able to continue their studies this September—the start of a new school year.

2. NEW ADMISSIONS DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD

SN Name Gr. School No of Months

1 Amelework G. 10 K/D/Selam 4

2 Netsanet H. 10 K/D/Selam 4

3 Tewede A. 10 K/D/Selam 4

4 Almaz A. 9 K/D/Selam 4

5 Sintayehu A. 7 Salayish 4

6 Tizibt G. 7 Salayish 4

7 Almaz G. 7 Salayish 4

TOTAL NEW = 7 girls

3. EXTENSION OF ASSISTANCE FOR EXISTING BENEFICIARIES DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD

SN Name Gr. School No of Months

1 Feben T. 10 Millennium Sec 4

2 Abaynesh D. 10 Millennium Sec 4

3 Netsanet E. 10 Fanna Sec 4

4 Firehiwot Z. 10 Asco Sec 4

5 Hilina Y. 8 T. Kokeb 4

6 Meron L. 10 Miazia 23 4

7 Seblewongel T. 11 Minilik II 4

8 Mahder M. 12 W/Yirad 4

9 Nigist E. 9 Salayish Sec 4

Total = 9 girls

6. TOTAL SCHOLARSHIPS ISSUED TO FEMALE STUDENTS TO DATE

Scholarship #* No of Girls Assisted as of Period of assistance

1 4 May 2008 50 months

2 1 May 2008 50 months

3 3 March 2009 43 months

4 1 March 2009 23 months

5 1 Aug 2009 22 months

6 1 Aug 2009 30 months

7 3 Jan 2010 23 months

8 5 Jan 2010 28 months

9 14 Mar 2010 24 months

10 1 Mar 2010 27 months

8 14 May 2010 24 months

9 3 Oct 2010 24 months

10 7 March 2011 24 months

11 5 May 2011 24 months

12` 2 June 2011 27 months

13 2 August 2011 21 months

14 2 Nov 2011 21 months

15 3 Feb 2012 20 months

16 June 2012 10 months extension

17 Sept 12 12 months extension

18 Dec 12 10 months

19 3 March 2012 8 months

20 7 June 2013 4 months

21 9 June 2013 4 months

TOT 77

 

*Italized fonts indicate female students already under assistance from the previous GlobalGiving project and for whom extension of tuition assistance was provided

REMARKS

Among all the GG assisted scholarship girls, except for 9 girls, all the rest have completed their deposit money looking for further assistance till completion of their secondary school.


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