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Scholarships for A New Generation of Leaders

by Nehemiah Gateway USA
Scholarships for A New Generation of Leaders
Scholarships for A New Generation of Leaders
Scholarships for A New Generation of Leaders
Scholarships for A New Generation of Leaders
Scholarships for A New Generation of Leaders
Scholarships for A New Generation of Leaders
Scholarships for A New Generation of Leaders
Scholarships for A New Generation of Leaders
Scholarships for A New Generation of Leaders
Scholarships for A New Generation of Leaders
Scholarships for A New Generation of Leaders
Scholarships for A New Generation of Leaders
NGU student Coletha with children at TOM
NGU student Coletha with children at TOM

An education at Nehemiah Gateway University only starts in the classroom. The dual study model ensures that classroom time is matched by real-world work experiences. Nehemiah Gateway’s project work, in Albania and further afield, offers incredible opportunities for students to put theory into practice.

Students Coletha and Dotto come from Tanzania, and this summer they interned for three months at Tanzania Orphans Mission (TOM), an orphanage and school in the Mbeya region of Tanzania. They helped teach English and computer literacy to some of the orphans, and applied their classroom expertise in the areas of human resources and materials management. Coletha says that “since we are also orphans who have been raised in an orphanage, we understand the struggles of these kids.”

Joana, an Albanian student at NGU, will also be using her education to help out at TOM. After she graduates in December, she will manage financial reporting for construction of a new dormitory at TOM for the orphans—a project funded through a grant from the German government. Joana says that “being able to combine theory and practical training during university studies is one of the best things NGU has offered me.”

Your support is making it possible for students like Coletha, Dotto, and Joana to learn and to help others.

With gratitude,

Sarah

The seal of Nehemiah Gateway University
The seal of Nehemiah Gateway University

A new school year starts at Nehemiah Gateway University in October. International students from the class of 2023 are working with NG staff to secure their visas to study in Albania, arranging their travel, and preparing to live in a different country for three years. Albanian students, meanwhile, are now working through the application process.

We have five incoming international students this year. It is an all-female class, with our first ever student from Guatemala, one from Uganda, and three from Tanzania. They will be living in NG's new student dormitory in Pogradec. For all of them, preparing for winter will be a new experience!

The academic program at Nehemiah Gateway University is based on the German dual study model, in which students alternate classroom time and real-world work experience. At NGU, this means 3 months of intensive coursework, with most classes presented in intensive, 2-week blocks from local or visiting professors, followed by 3 months of practical experience with NG and other area employers, followed by 3 more months of classroom time, after which they return to their home countries to work on projects with their sponsoring organizations for 3 months. Classroom time and practical time are designed to complement and reinforce one another so that students are optimally equipped to use their education to help others. 

Nehemiah Gateway University is excited to see these new faces on campus in the fall, and is already hard at work getting things ready for them. Your scholarship support is helping them to make the most of this amazing opportunity. 

All the best,

Sarah Pita

Enock and Hallelujah
Enock and Hallelujah

Dear Friends,

Hallelujah and Enock graduated from the Nehemiah Gateway University bachelor’s degree program in 2017. They are originally from Bukoba, in the north of Tanzania, where their father runs an orphanage. After graduation, they both returned to Tanzania, and found jobs in Dar Es Salaam. Enock works for Coca Cola, while Hallelujah works for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Both are studying to become CPAs and aspire to earn MBAs someday.

In keeping with the spirit of Nehemiah Gateway University, their ultimate aim is to help others. Enock is already volunteering for Nehemiah Tanzania as an accountant in his spare time. Hallelujah plans to use the skills he is developing at PricewaterhouseCoopers to help Nehemiah Tanzania, creating new income streams that will broaden their funding beyond exclusive reliance on foreign donors.

Your donation to the NG University Scholarship Fund is giving amazing people like Enock and Hallelujah the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge, creating the foundation for their current success. 

You can continue to support this ongoing project here.

Gratefully.

Sarah

For a select group of young people, January is an exciting and suspenseful time. Last fall, aspiring students to the Nehemiah Gateway University class of 2022, nominated by a handful of carefully vetted partner humanitarian organizations in Africa and Latin America, turned in their applications for admission.

Nehemiah Gateway University staff has reviewed all the applications and recently sent out invitations for interviews. These initial interviews are intended to allow Nehemiah Gateway’s staff to get to know the applicants and get a sense of their comfort with English—the language of all classes at the University. After this, the admissions committee will hold further in-person individual and group interviews, including, where possible, role plays and team games that will show the applicants’ ability to work with others.

Shortly after these interviews, the committee will decide which applicants to accept into the program. Executive Director Arlinda Merdani, who has interviewed countless applicants in her role as director of the international scholarship program, says that “the decisive factor is the potential we see in the individual human being.”

One of the current group of applicants says “I feel nervous, but with faith at the same time.”

Your support will help the students who are ultimately selected to have a great experience at NGU, where, as members of a dynamic, multicultural team, they will receive the mentorship and training that will help them to truly realize their potential to help others.

With gratitude for your support,

 

Sarah Pita

Development Director

Nehemiah Gateway USA

Anxhela at her family
Anxhela at her family's restaurant

Dear Friends--

I met Anxhela when I visited Albania last June. She was the only girl of four Nehemiah Gateway students selected for a special, developmental trip to Germany to learn about business and meet NG donors and friends She stood out because she spoke so little, compared to her three fellow students, who were bursting with confidence and eager to talk. She quietly mentioned helping out with her family business, but clearly preferred to listen to the others. 

It wasn't until later, when I spoke with one of Anxhela's professors, that I learned just what "helped out with the family business" actually meant. Anxhela's family has owned and run the restaurant "Qafë-Plloçë", on the road between Pogradec and Korçë, since 1993, growing from a small cafe to a combination restaurant/hotel, noted for their dried meats. As part of her coursework at NGU, Anxhela focused on modernizing business practices and processes at the restaurant. She especially focused on marketing, managing social media for the restaurant and translating the updated menu into different languages.

As a result of Anxhela's knowledge and leadership, the restaurant has undergone a bit of a renaissance, with a jump in foreign visitors and significantly increased revenues. Successful businesses like this one strengthen the Pogradec community, and help it to become an ever more appealing destination. 

Near and far, our students and alumni are making a difference in their communities. Your support is building this group of talented young people, and helping them to learn from their instructors and from one another. 

All the best,

Sarah 

 

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Sarah Pita
Boulder, CO United States

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