Educate and Empower 800 Ethiopian Girls

 
$39,501
$101,748
Raised
Remaining

 GLOBAL GIVING Girls’ Scholarship PROJECT Update

Introduction

Poverty and traditional values put many girls in Ethiopia less likely to access school, to remain in school and/or to achieve success in their education. Consequently, girls who lack educational opportunities are more vulnerable to poverty, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, harmful traditional practices such as early marriage and different forms of reproductive health problems. Therefore, creating educational opportunity is one of the approaches for improving girls and women reproductive health and to empower them to control their own lives. Educating girls and women is an important step in overcoming poverty, the mere fact is that, if they are educated then they will not depend on others and thereby they develop their self esteem and increase their self confidence, in turn having a positive effect on their children.

Thus, comprehending the importance of girls education and women’s economic empowerment, Pathfinder International through funding from Global Giving, providing scholarship opportunity for girls from resource poor families, girls who have good academic performance and want to continue their education and also who have interest to serve as role model and peer educator for the other female students in their school and community. This is all made possible through funds from Global Giving.

The Global Giving girl’s scholarship project is implemented by the Addis Ababa Women’s Association. The selection committee for Scholarship beneficiaries’ is organized by Addis Ababa Women’s Association and the committee are comprised of Addis Women’s Association and school directors and teachers. As it was done before, based on the preset selection criteria 12 girls were newly recruited during the reporting time and were provided with the scholarship grant.

Therefore, the total number of Global Giving scholarship beneficiaries is 63, of which one student has withdrawn. The total amount of money for the scholarships to date is about 265,221.00 birr.

Please see attached, full report for details on new beneficiaries and photos.

Newly recruited scholarship beneficiary girls profile

1.        Rahel Dires:

Rahel is 13 years old, attending grade 5 at Biruh Terfa elementary School. Her mother was a victim of early marriage at age 10 and gave birth at the ages 14 and 16.

As a result of this, she became a victim of fistula and her husband divorced her due to the problem. As she had no place to go or live, she started living at the church yard living inside the thorn plastic house with her 2 female babies, Rahel and her sister. Rahel’s mother started begging on the street to feed her children and tried to send them to school. Both children are now attending school.

Unfortunately, Rahel was raped on her way back from school and apart from her physical injury she suffered from significant psychological trauma. After the incident, her teachers counseled her and she received immediate medical treatment and tested for HIV. To her luck she was found free of HIV infection. As a result of the Global Giving funds, Rahel is currently attending school with great aspiration and contentment. Her mother fistula was treated but she is still having some reproductive health problems; she is also receiving support from the Global Giving fund and is engaged in the income generating activities. As they said, they are both very grateful for Global Giving and Pathfinder International for giving them a chance to live a better life. 

2. Nigist Mesfin:

She was born in Lasta Awraja of Amhara region. She has 3 brothers and 5 sisters, their father divorced their mother at an early age, and their mother was not in a position to support the family. As a result of this, Nigist came to Addis Ababa to live with her aunt, but life was not as easy as she had expected. Nigist was forced by her aunt to work as a house maid taking responsibility for all household chores. She was also psychologically harassed; it was very difficult for her to attend school properly 

Nigist’s school officials realized the problem she was facing and selected her to receive Global Giving scholarship support. At present, Nigist is 15 years old, attending 8th grade at the Kebena elementary school. She has great vision to become a better person and live a better life.

3.            Netsanet Begashaw

Netsanet lives in Arada sub city, Woreda 7. She was born in Minjar district Amhara region.  Her father is a farmer and her mother a house-maid.  She has 2 brothers and 3 sisters of which she is the youngest. She came to Addis Ababa at the age of 7 and started living with her aunt.  Unfortunately, her aunt died and Netsanet was left without support and was thus forced to stop going to school. Realizing her problem, she was selected to receive a Global Giving scholarship. At present, Netsanet is 15 years old, attending 8th grade at the Kebena elementary school, she is very grateful for the support of Global Giving.

4.      Mariamawit Addis

Mariamawit is 12 years old, a 6th grade student at the Agazian Elementary School. Her father died at an early age, and thus Mariamawit is living with her grandfather and mother. Her grandfather is very old, working as a guard with very low salary that he could not even afford to pay her school fees.

As a result, she is a recipient of the Global Giving scholarship and is attending school with new sprit and enthusiasm.

5.      Serawit  Mesfin

Serawit Mesfin was born in Harar, she has 3 brothers and one sister. Her father is a farmer and her mother is a house maid. Her family income is very small a kind of “hand to mouth.”  Thus, she came to Addis to live with her aunt expecting to get proper educational opportunity; however, her aunt forced her to serve as a house maid during her spare time. Serawit, as a result of the work load that she holds at home, found it difficult to continue her education properly, and she considered dropping out of school.  After receiving the Global Giving scholarship support, she has been able to attend school with new sprit. She is now 16 years old and attending in 7th grade.

6.      Hana Tadele   

Hana is an 11th grade student, her father is deceased and her mother is HIV positive. Her family leads a very wretched life; they have no income or support leaving it challenging for Hana to continue her education.  As a result of this, she was selected as a recipient of the Global Giving scholarship grant. After receiving the scholarship she was able to buy school materials and to continue her education properly.

7.            Wolansa Negusie

Wolansa Nugusie was born in Aleltu Oromia region.  She is an orphan and her aunt brought her to Addis Ababa to support her but her husband was abusive and unwilling to support Wolansa’s education. Because of this, Wolansa had difficulty continuing her education. She is now provided with a GlobalGiving scholarship opportunity.  Wolansa is now 16 years old and is attending 8th grade. She is very happy and grateful for the GlobalGiving support, and she said that “hasn’t be this support I would have stop my education and could live without any future hope, but now thanks to the Global Giving support I am very happy and I have great vision to be a good productive citizen”. 

8.                Hirut Fekade

Hirut is 16 years old, a student in 7th grade. She was born in Lalibela, Amhara region. Her father and brother are farmers and her mother is a house maid. She came to Addis looking for education and was hired as a house servant, but after 3 months her employees fired her because of her eye sight problem.

She was determined to continue her education and rented a very small living room for Birr 30 per month, and started selling lottery on the street during her spare time to support herself. However life was challenging and she had difficulty continuing her education. Her teachers recommended that she receive the GlobalGiving scholarship support as a result of her struggles yet strong academic performance. After getting this GlobalGiving support she has been able to further pursue her education.

9.                Getie Demrew

Getie is 18 years old, a student of 8th grade. She was born in Shenkora, Amhara region. Her mother is widowed and working as a house maid for very little money. She has 2 brothers and 1 sister. Her mother insisted Getie marry at a young age, but Getie refused and ran away to Addis Ababa.

She found her uncle in Addis Ababa and stayed with him for 3 years. Unfortunately, her uncle passed away and his wife insisted Getie work for her as a babysitter for her children. Gete refused and went to her neighbors whom they gave her a shelter to live. Getie started washing clothes and cooking Enjera (local bread) by roaming from house to house to support herself. However, it was difficult for her to continuing her education full heartedly. Seeing her hard work and determination, she was nominated to become a recipient of the GlobalGiving scholarship project. She has now been able to attend her education properly and her work load is minimized ensuring sufficient time to study.

10.             Tigist mekonen

Tigist was born in Addis Ababa, Yeka sub city. She is 14 years old and in the 6th grade. She is an orphan and living with her sister who is a house maid. She has 2 brothers, both of whom have dropped out of school due to poverty. Thus, Tigist is offered with the GlobalGiving scholarship opportunity, and able to continue her education.

11.             Marta Tamrat

Marta is 17 years old Living in Addis Ababa, Arada sub-city, Woreda 6 and is in the 9th grade. Her father died during her childhood, she has a twin sister and 2 other sisters. Marta’s mother is supporting her family by washing clothes and baking Enjera for other people. She is also engaged in selling vegetables and fruits as a small scale business. The money her mother receives is not enough to fulfill all the necessary educational materials for her children and to properly feed them. Marta helps her mother during her spare time especially by selling vegetables and fruits.

Marta expressed her great gratitude to GlobalGiving and Pathfinder International for granting her the scholarship support saying, “from now onward, I will give very great attention to my education and I will join university at the facility of business administration” and she also wants to be a journalist. She is happily attending her education.

12.             Zewdnesh Dubre

Zewdnesh is 15 years old; she came from Sendafa. She is an orphan and was living with her aunt, who insisted that she marry early, but Zewdnesh refused the marriage and ran away from home and to Addis Ababa. She was hired as a house maid for about 4 years and continued her education at the evening school with good performance; she scored 1st in her class.

Realizing her hard work and ambition to her education, her neighbors provided Zewdnesh with shelter. To feed herself, she started working during her spare time and after school hours. But one day, the house owner tried to rape her; luckily she escaped by telling him that she was HIV positive. He then informed her that he could no longer support her. Thus, her teachers communicated with the Addis Ababa Women’s Association and asked that she receive GlobalGiving scholarship support. She is now a scholarship beneficiary and currently attending the 6th grade.


Attachments:

PATHFINDER INTERNATIONAL

GLOBAL GIVING SCHOLARSHIP

JANUARY – MARCH 2011 REPORT

  

BACKGROUND

A number of international conventions, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Program of Action of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, have emphasized the importance of education. The Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995, recognized that female literacy is essential to empowering women to participate in decision making in society and to improving the well-being of families. In addition, the United Nations has articulated the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which include goals for improved education, gender equality, and women's empowerment. The MDGs emphasize the essential role of education in building democratic societies and creating a foundation for sustained economic growth.

Education contributes directly to the growth of national income by improving the productive capacities of the labor force. Offering basic education to girls is a proven way of increasing their power and confidence and enabling them to make choices over the lives they lead.  

Educated women have the chance to live more healthy and successful lives. There are also important benefits for society as a whole. An educated woman has the skills, information, and self-confidence that she needs to be a better parent, worker, and citizen. An educated woman is likely to marry at a later age and have fewer children. Research shows that an additional year of schooling for girls reduces fertility rates and that the children of educated mothers are more likely to survive. In addition, the benefits of education on women's empowerment and gender equality are broadly recognized.

Although Ethiopia's education and training policy stresses the need to sensitize society about the importance of female education, it still has a long way to go in making this a reality. In Ethiopia, many families struggle economically, thus most female students leave school to stay home to assume household chores or to work at the family business. Poverty and a lack of female education have always been acute in Ethiopia. Some key factors contributing to these problems are: gender-based discrimination; educating males over females; early and forced marriage of females; and young peoples’ limited knowledge of life skills, family planning (FP) and reproductive health (RH).

In Ethiopia, the enrollment of female students at the elementary level is more than 55%. For the reasons mentioned above, this number decreases sharply in secondary, undergraduate, and graduate schools. As such, Pathfinder, in partnership with Addis Ababa Women’s Association, is providing scholarship support for economically vulnerable but academically strong girls in order to increase the retention of female students at a higher level of education. In the last three months, with support from Global Giving funds, Pathfinder has been able to enroll seven new students in school.

Since 2008, the generous contributions from Global Giving donors have enabled Pathfinder to support 58 scholarship students.

SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS

Scholarship beneficiaries are selected from the school’s Gender club in collaboration with school management. The Addis Ababa Women’s Association closely monitors the girls’ lifestyle, progress in school, and provides the students with services to help them thrive. Most scholarship beneficiaries are orphans living with foster families. To ensure the well-being and capacity of the girls to succeed in school, the Association approaches and consults the foster families, and also reaches out to the beneficiary to discuss any problems she may be facing at home. In the school setting, the grades and performance of the scholarship recipients are monitored closely through exams and reports. Additionally, beneficiaries are offered life skills and trainings on issues of gender, gender-based violence, and sexual and reproductive health. To enhance leadership skills and self-confidence, the beneficiaries are given leadership positions in the school gender clubs. As result, the beneficiaries have demonstrated a strong work ethic in school and have the goal of becoming professional women.

GLOBAL GIVING SCHOLARS’ STORIES

(see attachment for pictures)

Azmera Abebe was born in the Worota district, Ethiopia. She is from a very poor family and at the age of 7, was forced to sell lemons to support her family. While Azmera was working at a bus station, she met a woman in need of a babysitter in Addis Ababa. Azmera agreed to work for her and soon went to the city, where she served as a baby sitter and house maid to this woman and her family. She went to school in the evenings through 8th grade, at which point she transferred to day school. The responsibilities of taking care of a child, household chores, and attending classes jeopardized her performance in school. Azmera said that “it was very difficult for me to continue my education in such situation, I had no enough time to study and unable to catch good performance in my education.” Despite these challenges, she successfully completed 9th grade and was recognized as a strong candidate for the Global Giving scholarship program. She is now attending grade 10 through Global Giving funds, and “thanks to the Global Giving Scholarship support now I am very much happy and able to continue my education without fear; I am able to properly cover my educational expenses; I have enough time to read and to improve my educational performance for the future; I have a vision to work hard and be a better person.”

Meskerem Zeleke is a 12th grade student at Menelik School. She is from a very poor family and both her sister and father are severely disabled as a result of a car accident. Meskerem began taking care of both her sister and father, while also maintaining the burden of house chores. She eventually decided to stop attending school and find work to support her family. After learning about the Global Giving scholarship program, she asked for support, and was awarded the opportunity. Meskerem states, “Now I am relieved and able to attend my education without any financial difficulties, from the financial support I get from the Global Giving scholarship I am able to cover all my educational expenses and paying for my school uniform and with the remaining money I am able to buy some food stuff for my family. For this I am very much grateful to the Global Giving fund.” Currently, she is attending school with great hope and aspiration to enroll in the University.

Marshet Mekonen is a 10th grade student at K.D. Selam School. She has 2 sisters and one brother, and her father is deceased. Marshet is responsible for supporting her family, and therefore engaged in selling lottery tickets, roaming from place to place until late in the evening. Her lifestyle made her a good candidate for the Global Giving Scholarship and also supplemental  training on issues of reproductive health, harmful traditional practices, HIV, and gender-based violence. She is currently attending school with great interest and very strong academic performance.  She confidently expresses her hopes by saying that, “I would work hard to get better than this and would join University and study public administration and international relation and want to be the future prime minister of Ethiopia. Above all I am very much grateful for the Global Giving support, without their support I wouldn’t be able to continue my education and reach to this level.

Meaza Sema is an 11th grade student at the Menelik School. She is 17 years old with 3 sisters, an unemployed mother, and a deceased father. Meaza had difficulty continuing her education as her mother was unable to support the family and provide the necessary educational materials.  As a result, Meaza is a recipient of a Global Giving scholarship. Since receipt of this scholarship opportunity, Meaza has achieved excellent academic performance, is very clever, and has excellent conduct. She is ambitious and determined to join a university in the near future.


Attachments:

PATHFINDER INTERNATIONAL

GLOBAL GIVING SCHOLARSIP

SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER 2010 REPORT

BACKGROUND

A number of international conventions, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Program of Action of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, have emphasized the importance of education. The Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995, recognized that female literacy is essential to empowering women to participate in decision making in society and to improving the well-being of families. In addition, the United Nations has articulated the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which include goals for improved education, gender equality, and women's empowerment. The MDGs emphasize the essential role of education in building democratic societies and creating a foundation for sustained economic growth.

Education contributes directly to the growth of national income by improving the productive capacities of the labor force. Offering girls basic education is a proven way to increasing their power and confidence and enabling them to make choices over the lives they lead.  

Educated women have the chance to live more healthy and successful lives. There are also important benefits for society as a whole. An educated woman has the skills, information, and self-confidence that she needs to be a better parent, worker, and citizen. An educated woman is likely to marry at a later age and have fewer children. Research shows that an additional year of schooling for girls reduces fertility rates and that the children of educated mothers are more likely to survive. In addition, the benefits of education on women's empowerment and gender equality are broadly recognized. In Ethiopia and in much of the developing world, female education has the following advantages:

  • As female education rises, fertility, population growth, and infant and child mortality fall and family health improves.
  • Increases in girls' secondary school enrollment are associated with increases in women's participation in the labor force and their contributions to household and national income.
  • Women's increased capacity to earn money has a positive effect on child nutrition.
  • Children — especially daughters — of educated mothers are more likely to be enrolled in school and to have higher levels of educational attainment.
  • Educated women are more politically active and better informed about their legal rights and how to exercise them.

Although Ethiopia's education and training policy stresses the need to sensitize society about the importance of female education, it still has a long way to go in making this a reality. In Ethiopia, many families struggle economically, thus most female students leave school to stay home to assume household chores or to work at the family business. Poverty and a lack of female education have always been acute in Ethiopia. Some key factors contributing to these problems are: gender-based discrimination; educating males over females, early and forced marriage of females, and young peoples’ limited knowledge of life skills and sexual and reproductive health.

In Ethiopia, the enrollment of female students at the elementary level is more than 55%. For the reasons mentioned above, this number decreases sharply in preparatory, undergraduate, and graduate schools. It is quite evident that gender equality is unattainable and unimaginable without empowering women through education. As such, Pathfinder, in partnership with Addis Ababa Women’s Association, is providing scholarship support for economically vulnerable but academically strong girls in order to increase the retention of female students at a higher level of education. In the last three months, with support from Global Giving funds, Pathfinder has been able to enroll three new students in school and continue educational support for four young women whose scholarships were going to expire before they completed secondary school.

SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS

Scholarship beneficiaries are selected from the school’s Gender club in collaboration with school management. The Addis Ababa Women’s Association closely monitors the girls’ lifestyle, progress in school, and provides the students with services to help them thrive. Most scholarship beneficiaries are orphans living with foster families. To ensure the well-being and capacity of the girls to succeed in school, the Association approaches and consults the foster families, and also reaches out to the beneficiary to discuss any problems she may be facing at home. In the school setting, the grades and performance of the scholarship recipients are monitored closely through exams and reports. Additionally, beneficiaries are offered life skills and trainings on issues of gender, gender-based violence, and sexual and reproductive health. To enhance leadership skills and self-confidence, the beneficiaries are given leadership positions in the school gender clubs. The above efforts have proven effective as the beneficiaries have demonstrated a strong work ethic in school and have set a dream and vision of becoming a professional woman.

 

NEW SCHOLARSHIP GIRLS ADMITTED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER AND DECEMBER 2010

Three new students have been admitted to the scholarship program since September 2010.

Name: Mastewal Abebe

Grade: 9

Age: 16

Period of assistance: 24 months from Oct  2010

Status: Comes from a very poor family, she was planning to dropout.

 

Name: A/work Mamush

Grade: 9

Age: 16

Period of assistance: 24 months from Oct  2010

Status: She is living with an HIV+ and sick mother.

 

Name: Nigist Endale

Grade: 10

Age: 18

Period of assistance: 24 months from Oct  2010

Status: Is an orphan, living with a poor foster family. She was planning to dropout.

 

EXTENSION OF ASSISTANCE TO PREVIOUS SCHOLARSHIP BENEFICIARIES

Extension of assistance was made to the following girls who were already supported by the scholarship and who required additional fund to complete their high school studies.

 Name: Hilina Kebede

 

Grade: 11

Initial deposit: As of May 08

 

Duration:30 months

Finished: Oct 2010

Extension of assistance: 20 months as of Nov 2010

 

Name: Mariamawit Az

 

Grade: 11

Initial deposit: As of March 09

Duration: 23 months

Finished: Jan 2010

Extension of assistance: 20 months as of Nov 2010

 

Name: Rut Shume

Grade: 11

Initial Deposit: As of Mar 09

Duration: 23 months

Finished: Jan 2010

Extension of assistance: 20 months as of Nov 2010

 

Name: Yamatu Kassa

Grade: 11

Initial Deposit: As of Mar 09

Duration: 23 months

Finished: Jan 2010

Extension of assistance: 20 months as of Nov 2010


Attachments:
Scholarship Recipients
Scholarship Recipients

Pathfinder/Global Giving

September 2010

Through the generous support of Global Giving donors, Pathfinder has provided secondary education to 48 scholarship students in Grades 7-12 since May 2008. Scholarship beneficiaries are selected by the School Authority and the Gender Club members. The selection criteria requires that the female beneficiaries are either orphans or from resource-poor families, ranked at the top of their class, and that they are willing to participate in a Gender Club and serve as a role model to other students and the communities. Prior to their selection as Global Giving-supported students, many of these young girls were employed as domestic workers, in exchange for housing and meals, in families that would allow them to attend school. The students encountered many difficulties, such as lack of income to purchase uniforms and school supplies, limited time to complete schoolwork due to work responsibilities, and isolation

Global Giving Scholarship Students – Grades 8 and 9

Global Giving scholarship support is transformative for these students, as it alleviates many of their material obstacles to achieving an education and also links them together as members of Girls’ Clubs. Students have the opportunity to attend trainings in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH), learn additional life-skills and foster strong relationships with their peers. As a result of this opportunity, these students have developed confidence to enthusiastically pursue their goals and envision a more independent and productive future.

PATHFINDER ANNOUNCES NEW SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS IN ETHIOPIA

Through the generous gifts provided by Global Giving donors, Pathfinder was able to offer 37 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 Grade: 10 Background: Rahel is an orphan who is living with her step-mother.

Name Weinshet Zewdie Grade: 9 Background: Weinshet ‘s father passed away and she now lives with her mother, who has few financial resources.

Name Eyerusalem Getachew Grade: 10 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 Grade: 9 Background: Yalemwork is from an extremely poor family. This scholarship offers her an educational opportunity which would otherwise be unattainable.

Name Kalkidan Tesfaye Grade: 9 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 Tina Grade: 11 Background: Fikrte is from a very poor family and she has many siblings.

Name Meaza Solomon Grade: 9 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 Grade: 10 Background: Hameredigil is also an orphan. She has been living with her impoverished aunt.

Name Filagot Bogale Grade: 10 Background: Filagot is an orphan living with the support of volunteers.

Name Seblewongel Tariku Grade: 8 Background: Seblewongel is also an orphan living with the support of volunteers.

Name Belaynesh Getaye Grade: 8 Background: Belaynesh is also an orphan and she is living with a poor foster family.

Name Haregewoin Abera Grade: 8 Background: Haregewoin is an orphan supported by volunteers.

Name Abaynesh Dagnachew Grade: 7 Background: Abaynesh is an orphan and is supporting herself as a day-laborer.

Name Feven Temesgen Grade: 7 Background: Feven is from a family that is very large and very poor.

Name Beletu Dagnachew Grade: 9 Background: Beletu is living with a mentally disabled mother.

Name Merartu Hadere Grade: 9 Background: Merartu is an orphan living with her poor uncle.

Name Abebu Taffa Grade: 8 Background: Abebu has lost both her parents.

Name Yemarwuha Tibebu Grade: 7 Background: Yemarwuha has lost both her parents.

Name Zeritu Haile Grade: 8 Background: Zeritu is from a very poor family.

Name Marshet Mekonnen Grade: 9 Background: Marshet earns an income by selling lottery tickets. She lives with her mother, who has very limited resources.

Name Yenensh Gashaw Grade: 9 Background: Yenesh is an orphan supported by volunteers.

Name F/Mariam Chefike Grade: 10 Background: Mariam is an orphan supported by volunteers.

Name Tigist Geresu Grade: 8 Background: Tigist has lost her father and is living with her very poor mother.

Name Tigist Bolcha Grade: 8 Background: Tigist is living with her mother and working as a day-laborer.

Name Firehiwot Zenebe Grade: 7 Background: Firehiwot is living with her mother and working as a day-laborer.

Name Netsanet Enawgaw Grade: 7 Background: Netsanet is an orphan living with a poor foster family.

Name Enatenesh Anley Grade: 9 Background: Enatenesh is also an orphan living with a poor foster family.

Name Genet Teshager Grade: 9 Background: Genet is an orphan earning a living as a housemaid.

Name Abebu Kegne Grade: 8 Background: Abebu is an orphan living with a poor foster family.

Name Liyu Wube Grade: 7 Background: Liyu is an orphan earning her living as a housemaid.

Name Wosen W/Deres Grade: 8 Background: Wosen is an orphan living with a foster family and serving as their housemaid.

Name Gete Habte Grade: 10 Background: Gete is an orphan living with a foster family and serving as their housemaid.

Name Woinshet Hailu Grade: 10 Background: Woinset is an orphan living with a foster family and serving as their housemaid.

Name Hanna Sette Grade: 8 Background: Hanna is an orphan living with a foster family and serving as their housemaid.

Name Tiruwork Arega Grade: 8 Background: Tiruwork is an orphan living with a foster family and serving as their housemaid.

Name Ehitiye Teshager Grade: 8 Background: Ehitiye is an orphan and is supported by volunteers.

Name Beliyu Seifu Grade: 7 Background: Beliyu is an orphan living with a foster family. She works as a housemaid.

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.”

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Caitlin Corneliess

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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