April 2015 Report for Global Giving
During the second year of the Christopher Dowswell Scholarship program all fifteen scholars are making good progress. Five scholars are in their second academic year. In this second year the Fund provides a laptop for each scholar to help them research as much information as possible. In Ethiopia, a laptop was hand delivered to Ms. Gedamu, a scholar at Bahir Dar University. We are pleased to relay her thank you note to all supporters of the Dowswell Fund.
“Yesterday, I received an HP Laptop that you send me with the help of Dr. Mutimba.
I would like to say thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Really, I admire your true support. It is unbelievable. God bless you! I have not any better words, which explain my feelings.”
I have completed this semester course. Then, I will send my results as soon as the university will give me these. Thank you very much!”
The fifteen women who received funding through the Christopher Dowswell scholarship program continue to make satisfactory academic progress. In preparation of the upcoming academic year a special effort will be made in Ethiopia in order to make the availability of scholarships better known among female extension agents. We acknowledge the generous support from several donors and aim at adding at least ten more scholars during the second portion of 2015. Your support will have a broad impact as these scholars will be able to apply what they have learned to improve agricultural practices in their communities. This will lead to increased production and incomes and will help address the issues of poverty and hunger.
We are pleased to share with you that the five 2013 Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Fund awardees have made satisfactory progress during their first academic year. Moreover, in September, 10 additional scholars were selected, bringing the total number of Dowswell scholars to 15. The new awardees are: Mrs. Keita, Mrs. Niare, and Mrs. Dembele for a Bachelor of Science degree in Mali; Mrs. Berthe, Mrs. Karambe, Mrs. Togo, and Mrs. Diarra for a diploma degree in Mali; Mrs. Sati, Mrs. Iember and Mrs. Regina for a Bachelor of Science degree in Nigeria. We are grateful for the generous support from our donors. Your donations will allow us to double the number of Dowswell scholars during the next calendar year.
The five 2013 awardees (Mrs. Ayele in Ethiopia, Mrs. Sy in Mali, Mrs. Koné in Mali, Mrs. Traore in Mali and Mrs. Bukar in Nigeria) continue to make very satisfactory progress to their degrees and/or diplomas.
The Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Fund (Fund) has announced that new applications are welcome. Specific instructions can be found on the website: www.christopherdowswellscholarshipfund.org.
We are very pleased to announce that Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) pledged an USD 10,000 annual contribution to the Fund. For the academic year 2014-2015, the Fund aims at tripling the number of scholarships. The Sasakawa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE) will sponsor one of the scholars to attend the World Agricultural Forum in Ames, Iowa during the first week of October.
Women advising Women Farmers (May 23, 2014) By Henk Knipscheer - Senior Fellow
The five 2013 awardees (Mrs. Ayele in Ethiopia, Mrs. Sy in Mali, Mrs. Koné in Mali, Mrs. Traore in Mali and Mrs. Bukar in Nigeria) have completed the first six months of their studies successfully.
Presently, the Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Fund (Fund) is preparing for the announcement and selection of the 2014 scholars. In order to make the scholarship availability known to as wide an audience as possible, a scholarship website has been developed. The website address is: www.christopherdowswellscholarshipfund.org. The University of Central Arkansas located in Conway, Arkansas, was very instrumental in this effort. Applications for new scholarships are welcome from June 1 through July 15, 2014. For the academic year 2014-2015, the Fund aims at tripling the number of scholarships.
The Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Fund is managed by a group of dedicated volunteers in order to minimize the costs of management and administration and maximize the use of the Fund for the support of women farmers in Africa.
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