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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.
Oct 3, 2012

Scholarships Help Girls Finish Academic Year

GlobalGiving Scholarship Program

Report on activities between July-September 2012

As this reporting period coincided with the end of the academic year, there were no new recruits to the scholarship program during this reporting period; however, a four-month scholarship extension was given for three girls whose accounts ran out of money before they were able to take their exams and complete their school year. Providing additional support to selected girls so that they are able to complete their education is essential. Those who face financial barriers often do not return to school. Scholarship extension support was given for three female students: 1) Yetmwork Bezawork, 2) Chekolech Tegegne, and 3) Rediet Abebe in order to enable them to finish the academic year. 

Additional students will be recruited at the beginning of the Ethiopian school year and be provided with 24-month scholarships dependent on funding levels. As indicated in the last quarterly report, we have a total of 70 GlobalGiving scholarship beneficiaries.

Scholarship Extension Recipients:

Chekolech Tegegne lives in Addis Ababa Yeka sub-city with her aunt. When both of her parents died, her aunt took her in and helped her with her education. Chekolech is an outstanding student, however, her aunt is very poor and was unable to support Chekolech education for the long-term. Chekolech applied for a GlobalGiving scholarship and after the school committee and based on her educational performance and financial need, she was granted a scholarship. Chekolech was able to finish her secondary school and passed her exams to enter university with high marks. She was given a four-month scholarship extension to help her finish this academic year.  

Yematawork Bezawork is living at Gulele sub-city. She is disabled and she lost both of her parents when she was a child. She is living with a good Samaritan woman who voluntarily offered her home to Yematawork. Yematawork is an outstanding student, but because of her economic hardship she had difficulties continuing with her education. She then received a GlobalGiving scholarship and was able to continue at school. Yematawork has received remarkable results on her exams for university and is one of the highest achievers in her school. She received a four-month scholarship extension to help her finish this academic year.

Rediet Abebet is living Arada sub-city with her mother who is poor and working as house maid. Though Rediet is an outstanding student, her mother was unable to support her education properly. Rediet received a GlobalGiving scholarship to support her education. Rediet is completed secondary school and is now able to move on to university study. She received a four-month scholarship extension that allowed her to finish this acadamic year.

 

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Oct 2, 2012

Women Start Business Together

Quarterly Update:

During the reporting period, three new IGA beneficiaries were selected from Arada Sub-city, Woreda 3. They organized themselves as one group to work together to raise and sell poultry. These newly-selected beneficiaries were provided with 2000 ETB seed money and a three-day training on credit, saving, and poultry production by the Arada microfinance enterprise.

During the three-day training the new beneficiaries learned about:

  • How to choose the appropriate poultry rearing place
  • How to choose the best hens for eggs and meat
  • How to keep their cages neat and clean
  • How to follow their health and  give medication
  • How to feed them and when
  • What kind of cage should be used depending on  the  number of hens
  • Type of shade and ventilation required
  • Day-to-day activities and the like
  • How to save money

In order to facilitate their work and ensure the sustainability of their business, they got legal status and were linked to the microfinance office at their district administration so that they can access the training and loan services, secure a safe working place, as well as use other relevant supports like market assessment.

The total number of IGA beneficiaries is now 85 and a total of 173,705.00 ETB has been distributed so far. 

Overall Benefits of Economic Empowerment:

Enhancing gender equality and enabling women to exercise their human rights and make decisions addressing the issue of economic dependence is of no controversy. Economic empowerment addresses not only the economic needs of women, but it is also a very important tool that helps women gain social and political empowerment. Self-employment/economic empowerment of women has a number of outcomes:

  • Improves their negotiation skills
  • Creates access to information through contact with various people
  • Experience sharing
  • Develops their self-esteem
  • Improves their social value
  • Grows decision-making capacity
  • Enables participation in public affairs

Arada Beneficiaries:

Nigat Alemayehu is house wife with two children. Her husband left her to find work and he doesn’t support his family. As a result, she is forced to shoulder the responsibility of supporting her family. However, since she has no income it was very difficult for her to provide daily meal for her children. She applied to GlobalGiving IGA support to start a small business and the Addis Ababa Women Association granted her seed money. Now Nigat organized herself with other IGA beneficiaries and started a poultry production business. She is very happy and grateful for GlobalGiving support.

Alemtsehay Betre is a single mother of four children. She is very poor and has no means of income. She tried to help her family by doing daily labor but the money she got was not enough to properly feed her family. She applied to the GlobalGiving IGA support and was granted seed money to start a business. Alemtsehay organized with other IGA beneficiaries and started poultry production. She is very grateful for GlobalGiving support because now she can help support her family.

Belaynesh Olana is a widow with three children. Before receiving support from GlobalGiving she had no job. She tried to feed her children by doing some daily jobs, but she was unable to properly support her family with consistent income. She applied to GlobalGiving IGA support and was granted seed money. She is now engaged in a poultry production business with two other IGA beneficiaries. She is happy to have this work and is grateful for the support from GlobalGiving.

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Jun 28, 2012

Scholarship Extensions!

GLOBAL GIVING SCHOLARSHIP REPORT

April-June 2012

As indicated in the last quarterly report, we have a total of 70 GlobalGiving scholarship beneficiaries. There were no new recruits during this reporting period as the school year is coming to a close; however, a one-month scholarship extension was given for ten girls whose accounts ran out of money before they were able to take their exams and complete their school year. Additional students will be recruited at the beginning of the Ethiopian school year and be provided with 24-month scholarships dependent on funding levels.

The names of the students who received the scholarship extension are Beletu Dangachew, Abebu Taffa, Woinshet Zewdi, Fikirtemariam Chefikee, Zeritu Haile, Haregewoin Abera, Seblewongel Tariku, Filagot  Bogale, Yenenesh Gashaw, and Fikirte Tenne.

 

Total number of scholarship beneficiaries to date

Grade: 6 Students: 1

Grade: 7 Students: 7

Grade: 8 Students: 4

Grade: 9  Students: 12

Grade: 10 Students: 16

Grade: 11  Students: 9

Grade: 12  Students: 14

Joined University Students: 6

Left for unknown reasons: 1 student. Efforts have been made to find her and return her back to school.


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