“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
OverviewWe 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 awardsSince 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 PlansCurrently, 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 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,Quentin HewittDevelopment DirectorThabyay Education Network
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