Based on the funding received for the program during this quarter, Pathfinder was notable to recruit any new girls to the scholarship program; however, a four-monthscholarship extension was given for two girls whose scholarship accounts hadended. As Pathfinder believes that supporting girls throughout their educationis most important, we are pleased to be able to provide additional funding toscholarship recipients who would otherwise have to drop out of school at theend of their scholarship funding period. Scholarship extension support wasgiven to the following students: 1) Yalemwork Zewge and 2) Abebu Taffa.
Yalemwork is 18 years old and is a 12th grade student. She is from AddisAbaba, Gulela sub-city and grew up in a resource poor family. Her father isvery old and works as a guard in a private home and her mother works as ahouse maid. Yalemwork has 4 siblings and life for her family is very difficult,as the income they get from their work is insufficient to properly feed theirbig family size and unable to support Yalemwork’s education. Yalemwork wasselected to receive a GlobalGiving scholarship in January 2010. At the time,she was in grade 10, and now with the GlobalGiving scholarship support, she hasreached grade 12. She was given scholarship extension to enable her to finish grade 12, which she will completein spring 2013. She is a promising student and is grateful for the opportunityto continue her education for more than two years through this scholarshipprogram.
Abebu is 17 years old and she is grade 10 student. Abebu was living inAddis Ababa, Gulela sub-city. She is an orphan and was living with hergrandfather, but he died in September 2012. Abebu received a Global Givingscholarship in March 2010 when she was in 8th grade. After her grandfather’s death, she startedliving neighbor who was willing to give her shelter, but without herscholarship support, she would not have been able to continue her education as she was unable tocover the costs of school supplies and transportation. Currently, she isattending grade 10 and she was given a scholarship extension for five months;however, in order to enable her finish her high school, she has already beenselected to receive an additional extension to finish the 2013 academic year(provided funding is available).
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.
GLOBAL GIVING SCHOLARSHIP REPORT
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.
Report on activities between January – March 2012
NEW SCHOLARSHIP BENEFICIARIES
Over the reporting period and with funds from GlobalGiving, Pathfinder International has chosen three new girls to be beneficiaries of our scholarship program in Ethiopia. Below, please find brief profiles for the three girls who were selected in February 2012.
1. KASU TESHOME
Kasu Teshome was born in Amhara region Lalibel, Bugna woreda. She is 15 years old and a 7th grade student. Kasu has three sisters and two brothers. Her father died when she was young and her mother was no longer able to support her. As a result, she came to Addis to live with her uncle. Her uncle has three children and is divorced. He runs a small business, but it is hard to support such a large family with his limited income.
Thus, life became very difficult for Kasu and she was on the verge of dropping out of school. Taking her problem into consideration, her school teachers and director recommended that she receive a Global Giving scholarship. She was very pleased to receive a Global Giving scholarship and she is now motivated to continue her education.
2. HILINA G. YOHANES
Hilina G. Yohanes was born in Addis Ababa, Lideta sub-city, Woreda 4. She is 14 years old and in the 7th grade. She has 2 sisters. Unfortunately, her father who was a government employee died suddenly. As a result of his death, the whole family was left without support and life became difficult. Her mother was unable to properly feed and support her family. Thus, the sub-city women’s association, realizing their problem, recommended Hilina for Global Giving scholarship support. At present, she is provided with the scholarship. She is now able to properly attend her education and she is very grateful for the scholarship. Hilina said, “I am very lucky for getting this great support. I am inspired; it gives me a courage and great confidence to reach my dream.”
3. ADDIS ALEM MULUGETA
Addis Alem Mulugeta was born in Addis Ababa, sub-city of Addis Ketema, Woreda 3. She is 15 years old and has four sisters. Her mother died suddenly from high blood pressure and life soon become difficult for her and her sisters. As a result, Addis Alem was unable to attend school. Therefore, considering the family’s troubles, the Addis Ababa sub-city women’s association’s executive members recommended that at least one of the girls from the family continue school through a Global Giving scholarship support. Addis Alem was selected to receive the scholarship. Now she will be able to continue her education.
The following table provides a summary of the number of girls Pathfinder has been able to support through Global Giving scholarships:
Total number of scholarship beneficiaries as of to date: 70 (see attached word document for breakdown by grade).
Report on activities between September – December 2011
Over the reporting period and with funds from GlobalGiving, Pathfinder International has chosen two new girls to be beneficiaries of our scholarship program in Ethiopia. These girls will be assisted for 21 months and will receive 3,318 ETB (approximately $192). Below, please find brief profiles for the two girls who were selected in the last four months.
Mahfed Yeshigeta is 18 years old and blind. Her mother is deceased and her father is a farmer living in the remote area of Tegulate. Mahfed came to Addis Ababa to live with one of her relatives and go to school. Her relative has since died and Mahfed was left with no support for her education or livelihood. In order to eat and pay for her school fees, she had few other choices but to sell lottery tickets. During this time, Mahfed had a boyfriend who was also blind, and due to a lack of awareness about reproductive health and related safety precautions, Mahfed became pregnant and now has a son. Her boyfriend has denied that he is the father, and offers no support in raising the child.
As life for Mahfed became more and more challenging, her school teachers considered her situation and recommended her for GlobalGiving scholarship assistance. She has now been a beneficiary of the program since October 2011 and is in the 13th grade at the Menilik secondary school. Currently, Mahfed is eagerly pursuing her education, “I feel like I was born again and it is my renaissance, because I very much feel courageous and confident that, I would join the faculty of law and get graduated so as to advocate for gender equality in the near future.”
Alemnesh Kassa was born in the Amhara region of North Wolo, in the district of Raya. Her parents are farmers and have 5 other children who do not attend school. Alemnesh, fearing that her fate would be the same as her brothers, decided to go to Addis Ababa to live with her aunt and get an education. Unfortunately, her aunt was killed in a car accident, and Alemnesh was left with nobody to support her.
Despite Alemnesh’s struggles, she has always stood 1st in her class. Her school, understanding her problem, recommended her for the GlobalGiving scholarship assistance. She is currently in 7th grade at the Kedamawy Menelik primary school. Alemnesh said, “this financial assistance, would inspire me more, and keep me up stand 1st all the way until I complete my university education, and I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the GlobalGiving for the scholarship support they have provided me.”
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