PATHFINDER ANNOUNCES EIGHT NEW SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS IN ETHIOPIA
Through the generous gifts provided by GlobalGiving donors, Pathfinder was able to offer eight additional scholarships to Ethiopian girls who otherwise would not be able to attend secondary school. The following students have been selected as Pathfinder’s new scholarship recipients.
Name: Rahel Misrak
School: Higher 12 Secondary
Academic rank: 1st
Background: Rahel is an orphan who is living with her step-mother.
Name Weinshet Zewdie
School: Karaalo Secondary school
Academic rank: 1st
Background: Weinshet ‘s father passed away and she now lives with her mother,
who has few financial resources.
Name Eyerusalem Getachew
School: Entoto Amba
Academic rank: 4th
Background: Eyerusalem is an orphan and her residence has been unstable. She has been moving from one family to another seeking financial and emotional support.
Name Yalemwork Zewge
School: Entoto Amba
Academic rank 91.9 in Grade 8 national exam
Background: Yalemwork is from an extremely poor family. This scholarship
offers her educational opportunity which would otherwise be unattainable.
Name Kalkidan Tesfaye
School: Ewket Wegene
Academic rank: 16
Background: Kalkidan’s father passed away and soon after her mother disappeared.
She has been living with her uncle, who has assigned her responsibility
for all household chores.
Name Fikrte Tena
School: Kolfe Secondary
Academic rank: 3.6 in grade 10 national exam
Background: Fikrte is from a very poor family and she has many siblings.
Name Meaza Solomon
School: Meskerem Hulet secondary
Academic rank: 99.9 in grade 8 national exam
Background: Meaza is an orphan, who is living in a local shelter. She has sole responsibility
for taking care of her siblings.
Name Hameredigil T/medhin
Academic rank: 1st
Status: Hameredigil is also an orphan and she has been living with her
PATHFINDER CONTINUES TO SUPPORT GIRLS’ SECONDARY EDUCATION
As previously reported in December 2009, Pathfinder offered scholarships to four girls to attend secondary school. Pathfinder is pleased to report on the progress of these students.
Yematu Kass: Yematu was promoted to grade 10 with good results ranking 14th among 57 pupils in her class. She is working hard to pass the grade 10 national examination which is the key to joining the preparatory school for tertiary education.
Marenawit Azarias: Marenawit was promoted to grade 10 level with good results. She is working hard to improve her academic rank. She has been advised to work hard for success in her grade 10 national examination, as it is essential for joining the preparatory school for tertiary education. In her 1st semester of grade 10, Marenawit improved her class academic ranking by 7 steps.
Saron Alemayehu: Saron was promoted to grade 10 with very good results, ranking 3rd among 74 pupils in her class. She significantly improved in her academic work and is using her full potential to succeed in the grade 10 national examinations, which will be held in April 2010. She regards herself as a model for her siblings.
Ruth Shume: Ruth was promoted to grade 10 with good results, ranking 7th among 55 pupils in her class. She is preparing herself to attend the grade 10 national examination, which will enable her to join the preparatory school for tertiary education.
In addition to academic scholarships, Pathfinder provides these young women with social support and important information on reproductive health. The girls are offered trainings on adolescent sexual and reproductive health, as well as life and leadership skills and they are active participants in these workshops. Working with local partners, Pathfinder convened the parents of the scholarship girls to specify the purpose of the scholarship support for their daughters and the need for appropriate utilization of school supplies, transport, uniform, bed sheets, blankets, sanitary materials and other materials provided. Pathfinder closely monitors the students’ academic results and provides them additional academic support, if needed. The students have developed their own motto: “I CAN DO AND SUCCEED”.
PATHFINDER ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
Through the generous gifts provided by GlobalGiving donors, Pathfinder was able to offer four additional scholarships to girls who otherwise would not be able to attend secondary school. The following students have been selected as Pathfinder’s new scholarship recipients.
Name: Yematu Kass
Class rank: 17
Background: Yematu lives with her mother, who works as a maid, and four other siblings. Due to the burden of paying for school supplies, Yematu was about to drop out of school prior to receiving her scholarship.
Name: Marenawit Azarias
Background: Marenawit has no surviving parents and lives with her grandmother who struggles to support the basic costs of living for herself and Marenawit.
Name: Saron Alemayehu
Background: Saron lives with her family and previously had to rely on the support of outside individuals to cover the cost of basic school materials.
Name: Ruth Shume
Background: Ruth has no surviving parents and lives with another family who understands the importance of her education, but are unable to afford all of the costs of having Ruth attend school.
PATHFINDER CONTINUES TO SUPPORT GIRLS’ SECONDARY EDUCATION
As previously reported, in May 2008, Pathfinder offered scholarships to five girls to attend secondary school. Pathfinder is pleased to report on the progress of these girls.
Rediet Abebe: Prior to receiving her scholarship, Rediet struggled to come up with the necessary costs associated with attending school. With the help of the scholarship, Rediet not only can attend school, but has also achieved high academic standings. In particular, she excels in Chemistry, Biology, and Civics and dreams of a future career as an engineer. Rediet says this about her scholarship support:
“…now I am able to use basic, necessary educational materials such as reference materials, school uniforms, school bags, and other stationary materials…. These help me concentrate on my education, develop my self esteem, and feel capable of contributing to my country and as important as those students who have a better life... this is all due to Pathfinder Ethiopia and Addis Ababa Women’s Association, thanks a lot.”
Helina Kebede: Thanks to her scholarship, Helina has risen to the first rank in her class, and particularly excels in Physics and Civics. Helina spends her spare time reading and listening to the radio and dreams of becoming a lawyer. Before receiving a scholarship, Helina, received sporadic assistance from neighbors to help pay for her education. But, she often missed school so that she could work and earn money to help support herself and her ailing mother. Helina reports the following life changes, which she attributes to the scholarship support:
“…after the fund, many things have changed – I am able to afford living expenses, and concentrate solely on my education rather than sharing my time for working to get an income. If there had not been such support I would have been performing poorly and forced to drop out of the school”.
Yematawork Bezawork grew up in an orphanage without any known relatives. When the orphanage was closed Yematawork was taken in temporarily by a local family, but quickly was forced to move to a temporary shelter at a local church. There, she relied on small donations from volunteers to support her education, but they were insufficient and soon she was performing poorly in school. Thanks to her scholarship, Yematawork is now able to meet her educational costs and also uses a small portion of the funds to meet her nutritional needs. Through her scholarship and her own hard work, Yematawork ranked fourth in her class in the previous academic year.
Chekolech Tegegn: As one of 9 children, Chekolech’s parents had a difficult time supporting the basic needs of their family. By Grade 4, Chekolech had been taken out of school and eventually went to live with her aunt. Although her aunt appreciated Chekolech’s interest in her studies, she was unable to support basic living costs for the two of them. With her scholarship, Chekolech is able to purchase exercise books, textbooks, school uniform, and shoes so that she can attend school and has achieved great success in her education. Chekolech, who dreams of becoming a manager, explained the changes brought about in her life as a result of the scholarship:
“I was always very worried when the new academic year approched as I was afraid of asking to purchase stationary materials; it gives me relief …now am able to support myself and am no more burden to my aunt. I am attending happily my education like any other students. In sum, it helps me to feel better in all explained ways and perform better in school and to expect bright future.”
Samrawit Engdashet attributes her scholarship not only to helping her afford the school fees, uniforms, and textbooks that she needs to attend school, but also to boosting her self confidence. One day, Samrawit dreams of becoming a lawyer. Samrawit described the importance of her scholarship as follows:
“…before the support, I stood 4th, but after the fund, I stood 1st in my class, so there is a change in my education …my mind feels free and relieved… It has helped me a lot, I am very much happy with the support…”
Thanks to the generous donations from GlobalGiving donors, five female students – Helina Kebede, Samrawit Engdashet, Rediet Abebe, Yematawork Bezawork, and Chekolech Tegegne –have been given the opportunity to complete their secondary school education. These girls were selected because they are all either orphans, disabled, or from a single-parent family. They are also from resource-poor families that would not otherwise be able to pay the school fees for their daughters to continue attending, and the girls have proven themselves to be smart, ambitious students. Beginning in May 2008, Pathfinder’s Ethiopia Office has provided each student with a 6-month allowance of US $94.20. Pathfinder will continue making payments every 6 months to support the girls’ education for the entire three years of secondary schooling. The Addis Ababa Women’s Association has helped the scholarship recipients open bank accounts, into which Pathfinder’s payments will be made. The Addis Ababa Women’s Association is monitoring the accounts to make sure that each student is using the funds appropriately – for tuition, school supplies, housing, and/or food.
By finishing their secondary education, these girls will have more economic and educational opportunities available to them, and will avoid early marriage. In addition, because university education is paid for by the Ethiopian government, Pathfinder hopes that, by helping these girls complete secondary school, at least some of them will go on to the university and achieve even more success. Below are profiles of the young women who have been selected for Pathfinder’s scholarship assistance program, made possible by the generosity of GlobalGiving donors (Photos by Azeb Feleke).
Name: Chekolech Tegegne
School: Karaaalo, Yeka Sub-city
Class Rank: 2nd out of 65 students
Background: Orphan, living with her caretaker.
Name: Yematawork Bezawork
School: Dilber, Gulele Sub-city
Class Rank: 3rd out of 56 students
Background: Disabled, with no relatives; she boards with a woman she knows.
Name: Rediet Abebe
School: Yekatit 66 Secondary School, Arada Sub-city
Class Rank: 3rd out of 57 students
Background: Comes from a very poor single-parent home; her mother works as a maid in another household.
Name: Samrawit Engdashet
School: Millennium Secondary School, Kolfe Sub-city
Class Rank: 4th out of 45 students
Background: Orphan, living with her aunt.
Name: Helina Kebede
School: Kolfe Junior, Kolfe Sub-city
Rank in class: 1st out of 57 students
Background: Orphan, living with her brother.
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