OverviewWe 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 awardsSince 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 PlansAs 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 StatementWe 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,
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