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$ 64,587 since the 1st September 2010 so we are well on our way to our target of US$ 99,000!
After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of approximately US$ 60,658 in disbursements from GlobalGiving for the University Scholarships For Students From Burma project (funds are received over time in Thai Baht at different exchange rates, so USD figures can only be approximately calculated).
By the 9thJune 2013, we had disbursed approximately US$ 50,881 to scholarship awards.
Selection and awards
Since the last report on 9thJune, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made one further award totalling approximately US$ 9,777.
The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 48 awards enabling 40 students from marginalised 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 20 women and 20 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 28, representing nine ethnic groups, studying 30 different majors at 17 different universities in 5 countries across Asia.
Award Recipient Profiles
Subject of Study: Social Science
Level of Study: Bachelor’s
Institution of Study: Chiang Mai University
Award amount: US$ 5031
Brief overview of candidate
Kaythi was born in a small village, Magway division. She grew up with a poor farmer family, and always struggled for a better education. However, her parents sent all of their children to school even though they had experienced economic hardship. She got a chance to study at Minmahaw Education Foundation in Mae Sot, like many other migrant students, from 2007 to 2010 and passed General Education Development (GED) exam. She further polished her English, academic and community skills at Kant Kaw Education Centre for one year before she won a scholarship to study at Chiang Mai University.
Kaythi was a really active student. After completing the GED in Mae Sot, she came back to Myanmar and had a chance to work in Nargies delta area. She went there as a Helpage International member by doing monitoring and evaluation in six villages about revolving funds projects. With those experiences, she became aware of the needs in community, which drove her desire to become a community worker for the future of Myanmar. She applied for a scholarship in 2011 and successfully won the award. Now Kaythi is studying her Bachelor’s degree majoring Social Science at Chiang Mai University (CMU) on order to develop her skills in community development so she can achieve her career goals.
In her own words:
My desire is getting wide range of knowledge in the field of geography and environment conservations, politics and international studies, and sociology to understand every sector of our nation’s problems. I am eagerly to learn our country’s problems by analyzing from many different social aspects. I have faith that studying in CMU can change my life and my society by understanding how the societies organize and change from different perspectives.
Award amount: US$ 4746
Brief overview of candidate
Both of Yamin’s parents are politicians. They were very limited in doing business and were always inspected under the military government. But they could raise their only daughter well. They sent her to Mae Sot in 2007 for further education after she passed her high school final exam. She worked as an intern at MOJO (Burmese independence news agency) for 6 months and got a chance to study at Minmahaw Education Foundation based in Mae Sot for one year GED training. However, when her mother tried to return to Burma after visiting Yamin in Mae Sot, Thailand, she was caught by the military government and sentenced to 24 years in jail.
Both Yamin and her father became exiles, but she did not give up on her education goal even though she had faced many difficulties. She moved to Chiang Mai for a further study opportunity in 2009. She was able to enroll in her first year at Chiang Mai University, majoring in social science, by her father’s support and by her own part time job income. This support would not have been enough to enable Yamin to continue in her studies for a second year, so she applied for a scholarship in order to finance her continued Bachelor’s studies. Now, she has won a scholarship and will continue studying at Chiang Mai University to complete her degree.
I decided to walk on my academic path properly first and I promised myself that I will be back as a better and more academic person to my country and also as a responsible citizen. I also more than thankful that I have to experience a beautiful memory to put me into right journey to my dreams.
The Arohana Scholarship Fund (ASF) is expecting further funds to be disbursed in late November by GlobalGiving, at which point further scholarship awards will be made.
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,
Min Thein Win
Program Manager, Scholarships and Student Support
Thabyay Education Network
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