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.
OverviewWe 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 awardsSince 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 PlansThanks to the generosity of our supporters, we raised over US$3,000 during our Christmas campaign on GlobalGiving. On receipt of these funds, the Selection Committee will meet to agree on the next round of scholarships awards.Closing StatementWe hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 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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