Educate and Empower 800 Ethiopian Girls

by Pathfinder International

Pathfinder International is pleased to report that as a result of the generous support of our GlobalGiving donors, 70 girls have received scholarships support in Ethiopia.

Pathfinder is committed to providing ongoing support to scholarship recipients so that they can stay in school. Therefore, over the last reporting period, scholarship extensions were given to three beneficiaries to enable the girls to continue their education.

 Scholarship extensions were provided to:

  • Nigist: Grade 9. She is an orphan, living with a poor foster family.
  • Liyu: Grade 9. Liyu is an orphan who was making a living as a housemaid prior to receiving her scholarship. 
  • Mastewal: Grade 11 girl. She also comes from a very poor family.

Based on the funding received for the program during this quarter, Pathfinder was not
able to recruit any new girls to the scholarship program; however, a four-month
scholarship extension was given for two girls whose scholarship accounts had
ended. As Pathfinder believes that supporting girls throughout their education
is most important, we are pleased to be able to provide additional funding to
scholarship recipients who would otherwise have to drop out of school at the
end of their scholarship funding period. Scholarship extension support was
given to the following students: 1) Yalemwork Zewge and 2) Abebu Taffa.

Yalemwork is 18 years old and is a 12th grade student. She is from Addis
Ababa, Gulela sub-city and grew up in a resource poor family. Her father is
very old and works as a guard in a private home and her mother works as a
house maid. Yalemwork has 4 siblings and life for her family is very difficult,
as the income they get from their work is insufficient to properly feed their
big family size and unable to support Yalemwork’s education. Yalemwork was
selected to receive a GlobalGiving scholarship in January 2010. At the time,
she was in grade 10, and now with the GlobalGiving scholarship support, she has
reached grade 12.  She was given scholarship extension to enable her to finish grade 12, which she will complete
in spring 2013. She is a promising student and is grateful for the opportunity
to continue her education for more than two years through this scholarship

Abebu is 17 years old and she is grade 10 student. Abebu was living in
Addis Ababa, Gulela sub-city. She is an orphan and was living with her
grandfather, but he died in September 2012. Abebu received a Global Giving
scholarship in March 2010 when she was in 8th grade.  After her grandfather’s death, she started
living neighbor who was willing to give her shelter, but without her
scholarship support, she would not have been able  to continue her education as she was unable to
cover the costs of school supplies and transportation. Currently, she is
attending grade 10 and she was given a scholarship extension for five months;
however, in order to enable her finish her high school, she has already been
selected to receive an additional extension to finish the 2013 academic year
(provided funding is available).


GlobalGiving Scholarship Program

Report on activities between July-September 2012

As this reporting period coincided with the end of the academic year, there were no new recruits to the scholarship program during this reporting period; however, a four-month scholarship extension was given for three girls whose accounts ran out of money before they were able to take their exams and complete their school year. Providing additional support to selected girls so that they are able to complete their education is essential. Those who face financial barriers often do not return to school. Scholarship extension support was given for three female students: 1) Yetmwork Bezawork, 2) Chekolech Tegegne, and 3) Rediet Abebe in order to enable them to finish the academic year. 

Additional students will be recruited at the beginning of the Ethiopian school year and be provided with 24-month scholarships dependent on funding levels. As indicated in the last quarterly report, we have a total of 70 GlobalGiving scholarship beneficiaries.

Scholarship Extension Recipients:

Chekolech Tegegne lives in Addis Ababa Yeka sub-city with her aunt. When both of her parents died, her aunt took her in and helped her with her education. Chekolech is an outstanding student, however, her aunt is very poor and was unable to support Chekolech education for the long-term. Chekolech applied for a GlobalGiving scholarship and after the school committee and based on her educational performance and financial need, she was granted a scholarship. Chekolech was able to finish her secondary school and passed her exams to enter university with high marks. She was given a four-month scholarship extension to help her finish this academic year.  

Yematawork Bezawork is living at Gulele sub-city. She is disabled and she lost both of her parents when she was a child. She is living with a good Samaritan woman who voluntarily offered her home to Yematawork. Yematawork is an outstanding student, but because of her economic hardship she had difficulties continuing with her education. She then received a GlobalGiving scholarship and was able to continue at school. Yematawork has received remarkable results on her exams for university and is one of the highest achievers in her school. She received a four-month scholarship extension to help her finish this academic year.

Rediet Abebet is living Arada sub-city with her mother who is poor and working as house maid. Though Rediet is an outstanding student, her mother was unable to support her education properly. Rediet received a GlobalGiving scholarship to support her education. Rediet is completed secondary school and is now able to move on to university study. She received a four-month scholarship extension that allowed her to finish this acadamic year.





April-June 2012

As indicated in the last quarterly report, we have a total of 70 GlobalGiving scholarship beneficiaries. There were no new recruits during this reporting period as the school year is coming to a close; however, a one-month scholarship extension was given for ten girls whose accounts ran out of money before they were able to take their exams and complete their school year. Additional students will be recruited at the beginning of the Ethiopian school year and be provided with 24-month scholarships dependent on funding levels.

The names of the students who received the scholarship extension are Beletu Dangachew, Abebu Taffa, Woinshet Zewdi, Fikirtemariam Chefikee, Zeritu Haile, Haregewoin Abera, Seblewongel Tariku, Filagot  Bogale, Yenenesh Gashaw, and Fikirte Tenne.


Total number of scholarship beneficiaries to date

Grade: 6 Students: 1

Grade: 7 Students: 7

Grade: 8 Students: 4

Grade: 9  Students: 12

Grade: 10 Students: 16

Grade: 11  Students: 9

Grade: 12  Students: 14

Joined University Students: 6

Left for unknown reasons: 1 student. Efforts have been made to find her and return her back to school.


GlobalGiving Scholarship Program

Report on activities between January – March 2012



Over the reporting period and with funds from GlobalGiving, Pathfinder International has chosen three new girls to be beneficiaries of our scholarship program in Ethiopia. Below, please find brief profiles for the three girls who were selected in February 2012.


Kasu Teshome was born in Amhara region Lalibel, Bugna woreda. She is 15 years old and a 7th grade student. Kasu has three sisters and two brothers. Her father died when she was young and her mother was no longer able to support her. As a result, she came to Addis to live with her uncle. Her uncle has three children and is divorced. He runs a small business, but it is hard to support such a large family with his limited income.

Thus, life became very difficult for Kasu and she was on the verge of dropping out of school. Taking her problem into consideration, her school teachers and director recommended that she receive a Global Giving scholarship. She was very pleased to receive a Global Giving scholarship and she is now motivated to continue her education.


Hilina G. Yohanes was born in Addis Ababa, Lideta sub-city, Woreda 4. She is 14 years old and in the 7th grade. She has 2 sisters. Unfortunately, her father who was a government employee died suddenly. As a result of his death, the whole family was left without support and life became difficult. Her mother was unable to properly feed and support her family. Thus, the sub-city women’s association, realizing their problem, recommended Hilina for Global Giving scholarship support. At present, she is provided with the scholarship. She is now able to properly attend her education and she is very grateful for the scholarship. Hilina said, “I am very lucky for getting this great support. I am inspired; it gives me a courage and great confidence to reach my dream.”


Addis Alem Mulugeta was born in Addis Ababa, sub-city of Addis Ketema, Woreda 3. She is 15 years old and has four sisters. Her mother died suddenly from high blood pressure and life soon become difficult for her and her sisters. As a result, Addis Alem was unable to attend school. Therefore, considering the family’s troubles, the Addis Ababa sub-city women’s association’s executive members recommended that at least one of the girls from the family continue school through a Global Giving scholarship support. Addis Alem was selected to receive the scholarship. Now she will be able to continue her education.

The following table provides a summary of the number of girls Pathfinder has been able to support through Global Giving scholarships:

Total number of scholarship beneficiaries as of to date: 70 (see attached word document for breakdown by grade). 


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Pathfinder International

Location: Watertown, MA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Caitlin Corneliess
Institutional Giving Officer
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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