University Scholarships for Students from Burma

 
$85,100
$13,900
Raised
Remaining
Jan 12, 2012

University Scholarships for 6 Students From Burma

Introduction

Imagine walking ten miles across mountain ranges each day just to get to school. Imagine living in a community where more than three quarters of the population live hand-to-mouth, hardly able to feed themselves. Imagine spending your time digging trenches as a child, for you and your family to shelter in when a firefight breaks out. These are some of the experiences of the students who have received university scholarship awards through this project. However, sadly their experiences are not exceptional, but common in Burma, a country that has long been in the grip of social, political and economic crises. Despite such hardships, these individuals are linked by a common thread - hope and determination to make their country a better place. To succeed, they need skills which the education system in Burma cannot currently provide. However, thanks to people like you, they have opportunities to study at universities across Asia, and to return equipped to to make lasting contributions to positive change.

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships For Students From Burma’ project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 38,970 since the 1st September 2010. After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of US$ 33,502 in disbursements from GlobalGiving. By October 2011, we had disbursed US$ 31,169 to scholarship awards, leaving a remainder of approximately US$ 2,333.

Selection and awards

Since the last report on July 4th, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made six further awards totalling US$ 2,330.

The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 33 awards enabling 31 students from marginalized communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

The recipients of these awards comprise 13 women and 18 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 27), representing nine ethnic groups, studying 22 different majors at 14 different universities in five countries across Asia.

The attached report profiles detailed profiles of each scholarship award recipient.

Future Plans

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we raised over US$3,000 during our Christmas campaign on GlobalGiving. On receipt of these funds, the Selection Committee will meet to agree on the next round of scholarships awards.

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

With our best wishes,

Quentin Hewitt
Development Director
Thabyay Education Network

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Sep 28, 2011

4 University Scholarships for Students from Burma

“I want to let the rain of freedom fall all over my country. I believe in the power of education, and the power of people, to achieve this.”

Shwe Zin, 22, Scholarship Award Recipient

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our deep gratitude to everyone (194 people so far) who has donated to our project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 35,223 since the 1st September 2010.

After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees and intermediary bank charges, we have now received a total of US$ 32,524 in disbursements from GlobalGiving.

By July 2011, we had disbursed US$ 29,568 to scholarship awards, leaving a remainder of US$ 2,956. However, one of our scholarship recipients received a scholarship donation from another private source, meaning that he was able to pay back US$ 1,596 of his original grant of US$ 2,000 to the Arohana Scholarship Fund. This meant that the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee had US$ 4,552 to allocate to new scholarship awards from 4th July 2011 (US$ 2,956 + US$ 1,596).

Selection and awards

Since the last report on July 4th, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made four further awards totalling US$ 4,552.

The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 28 awards enabling 25 students from marginalized communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

The recipients of these awards comprise 13 women and 12 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 27), representing nine ethnic groups, studying 19 different majors at 12 different universities in five countries across Asia.

Full details of award recipients are provided in the attached report.

Future Plans

Currently, the Arohana Scholarship Fund (ASF) has disbursed all funds so far received from GlobalGiving. On receipt of a new tranche of funds, the ASF Committee will meet to decide on further awards.

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

With our best wishes,

Quentin Hewitt
Development Director
Thabyay Education Network

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Jul 5, 2011

University Scholarships For 2 Students From Burma

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network would like to extend our deep gratitude to everyone (190 people so far) who has donated to our project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$35,143 since the 1st September 2010, which is a fantastic result. We were particularly heartened by the support we received on the GlobalGiving Bonus Day on the 16th March 2011, when just under US$3,800 was donated, which was supplemented by almost US$800 in Matching Funds from GlobalGiving.

In our previous report, dated 7th March 2011, we allocated US$5,268 in scholarship awards to 6 individuals, leaving US$82 remaining from funds received by that date. Since then, we have received a further US$5,157 in two installments from GlobalGiving in May and June. Therefore, the funds available for disbursement total US$5,239.

Selection and awards

Since March, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made two further awards totaling US$2,250. The first award is for a Physiotherapy student to study for a Master's in Rehabilitation Science in the Philippines. Physiotherapy is a little supported profession in Burma, despite widespread needs particularly among the disabled. Therefore, supporting the development of expertise in this field can have significant impacts.

The second award is to support a student to study Education Management in the Philippines. As the education system in Burma is in such a parlous state, individuals such as these are vital to lead the incremental improvements in this sector which will lay the foundations for a better future.

Full details of each award recipient are provided in the attached report.

The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore enabled 21 students from marginalized communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

The recipients of these awards comprise 11 women and 10 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 30), representing nine ethnic groups, studying 18 different majors at 11 different universities in five countries across Asia.

Future Plans

As of 4th July 2011, remaining funds from the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project total US$2,989. The Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee will meet again to decide on the next round of awards.

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma.

We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future.

The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

With our best wishes,

Quentin Hewitt
Development Director
Thabyay Education Network

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Mar 8, 2011

University Scholarships for 6 Students from Burma

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network would like to extend our deep gratitude to everyone (172 of you) who has helped us to raise US$29,929 for the University Scholarships for Students from Burma project since the 1st September 2010. Thanks to your generosity, 19 change makers from Burma have been able to start, or continue, their university education in Asia.

In our previous report, dated 3rd December 2010, we allocated US$22,051 in scholarship awards to 15 individuals, leaving US$10 remaining from funds received by that date. Since then, we have received a further US$5,340. Therefore, the funds available for disbursement since 3rd December 2010 total US$5,350.

Selection and awards

The Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made six further awards totaling US$5,268. Four of these awards were to new applicants, while two applicants who had previously applied for top-up grants received a second grant to cover their needs.

The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore enabled 19 Burmese students to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

The recipients of these 19 awards comprise 11 women and eight men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 31), representing nine ethnic groups, studying 16 different majors at 10 different universities in five countries across Asia.

For detailed information on the new awards, and profiles of each award recipient, please read the attached report document.

Future Plans

As of 7th March 2011, remaining funds from the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project total approximately US$82. On receipt of the next tranche of funds from GlobalGiving, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee will meet again to decide on the next round of awards.

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma.

We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$10 through GlobalGiving can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future.

The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

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Dec 5, 2010

University Scholarships for 15 Students from Burma

Introduction

“I feel so lucky and blessed to be given the opportunity to study, among the millions of young people in Burma who hunger for education. I will use this education to serve and develop my community and country.” Su Su Hlaing, Scholarship Award Recipient

To begin with, we at Thabyay Education Network would like to extend our deep gratitude to everyone (136 of you) who helped us to raise US$23,457 for the Arohana Scholarship Fund during GlobalGiving’s Global Open Challenge between the 1st and 30th September 2010. At the outset of the Open Challenge we never imagined that we would receive such generous support.

We received a total of US$22,061.85 from GlobalGiving in early November, after the deduction approximately US$1,396 in GlobalGiving fees. This represents only 6% of the total funds raised during the Open Challenge period, considerably less than GlobalGiving’s standard 15% fee. This was due to the fact that the project received a US$1,000 bonus for coming third in the Open Challenge, and we also received many donations during the ‘Fee Waiver’ day in the middle of the Challenge.

Selection and Awards

Further to receipt of these funds, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee met in early November to select the students that would receive awards, and confirm the award amounts. A total of US$22,051 in awards has now been disbursed.

We are delighted to announce that these funds have enabled 15 Burmese students to start or continue their Bachelor’s or Master’s studies at universities across Asia. In many cases, these funds provided students with vital top-up funds to their existing scholarships, without which they would be forced to drop out of university. In one case, a full scholarship was awarded to a student to begin a course of study.

The recipients of these 15 awards comprise nine women and six men, ranging in age from 19 to 51, representing nine ethnic groups, studying 14 different majors at nine different universities in four countries across Asia. Award amounts ranged from US$155 to US$7,000.

Details of the awards, and profiles of each student, are provided in the attached project document.

Future Plans

As of the 1st December 2010, the ‘University Scholarships for Students From Burma’ project has raised US$29,127 on GlobalGiving. On receipt of the next tranche of funds, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee will meet again in December to decide on the next round of awards. The remaining US$10 from the first disbursement of funds will be combined with new funds received.

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma.

We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$10 through GlobalGiving can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education. Many of the awards made through this tranche of funds were small, as little as US$155. However, this means the difference between a student continuing to study and completing their degree, or having to drop out altogether.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this inspires you to continue to support us in the future.

The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

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Project Leader

U Soe Lay

Senior Program Manager
Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Thailand

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Map of University Scholarships for Students from Burma