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 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.
This reporting period spanned Ethiopia’s rainy season, when schools are usually closed and the students go on holiday. Most of our GlobalGiving beneficiary students in the Amhara region and Addis Ababa traveled to see their families in rural regions located quite far from the school and major cities. In the meanwhile, we are expecting their test results to be released at the beginning of September, which is also the start of the new school year. In September, we will continue our financial support and sexual and reproductive health education to our beneficiaries. Once we get the results from testing, we will know where the students will be placed. Some students will move to other towns after completing their grade 10 studies to join preparatory classes or vocational schools far from their vicinity. Once we know this information, we will continue to support our female beneficiary students with financial support and sexual health education.
During this reporting period, 20 students from the Amhara region received scholarship extensions that provided tuition support for five months. These vulnerable female students were on the verge of quitting school unless support was provided. Thanks to the timely support of this project, they are able to continue with their education. The number of girls on scholarship in Addis Ababa remained the same (77) during the reporting period, although some beneficiaries are in need of the extension of their financial support. Because of the limited funding available, Pathfinder Ethiopia prioritized support to the more vulnerable girls in the Amhara region who were also victims of forced marriages.
In addition to the extension of scholarship assistance in this reporting period, follow-up visits were done in the Amhara region and in Addis Ababa to assess the status of scholarship beneficiaries. Findings showed that all students in Amhara were doing well and attending classes, with improved academic performance. A majority of the girls also participate in school clubs (mainly in gender clubs), becoming advocates for girls’ education and the prevention of harmful traditional practices in their communities. They are also playing vital roles in the promotion of youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services.
Continuing the effort to empower scholarship beneficiaries on adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH) issues and assertiveness skills, Pathfinder organized training for the 26 girls in Addis Ababa. The training was provided for three days by experts from Addis Ababa Health Bureau and the Pathfinder Ethiopia AYSRH team. The training also provided the opportunity to introduce the girls to health experts who could serve as role models and mentors in the future.
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.
During this reporting period, thanks to the generosity of our GlobalGiving donors, eight of our existing secondary school students in Addis Ababa were given scholarship extensions to continue their education and avoid dropout.
In addition, three-day trainings in adolescent sexual and reproductive health were conducted for 31 girls in the Dera Woreda of the Amhara region. The goal of these trainings was to educate and train peer educators who can become mentors in their own communities. The trainee students were from two local high schools, with 20 of them being scholarship beneficiaries of Pathfinder’s GlobalGiving project. These trained adolescents will go into their communities as peer educators who will conduct outreach on topics like basic sexual and reproductive health information, anatomy and physiology of the reproductive system, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, life skills, gender, and harmful traditional practices. Other topics of interest were discussed at the trainings such as Pathfinder’s scholarship project, their academic performance, and strengthening the girls’ clubs. As a result, the girls witnessed an increase in their sexual and reproductive health knowledge and made a commitment to serve their peers in sharing what they learned from the training.
Pathfinder International and Addis Ababa Women’s Association
GlobalGiving Donors Report
Educate and Empower 800 Ethiopian Girls Project
September - November 2013
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.
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
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
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
*Italized fonts indicate female students already under assistance from the previous GlobalGiving project and for whom extension of tuition assistance was provided
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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