Educate and Empower 800 Ethiopian Girls

by Pathfinder International
Sep 11, 2011

Update on Scholarship Girls

 GLOBAL GIVING Girls’ Scholarship PROJECT Update


Poverty and traditional values put many girls in Ethiopia less likely to access school, to remain in school and/or to achieve success in their education. Consequently, girls who lack educational opportunities are more vulnerable to poverty, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, harmful traditional practices such as early marriage and different forms of reproductive health problems. Therefore, creating educational opportunity is one of the approaches for improving girls and women reproductive health and to empower them to control their own lives. Educating girls and women is an important step in overcoming poverty, the mere fact is that, if they are educated then they will not depend on others and thereby they develop their self esteem and increase their self confidence, in turn having a positive effect on their children.

Thus, comprehending the importance of girls education and women’s economic empowerment, Pathfinder International through funding from Global Giving, providing scholarship opportunity for girls from resource poor families, girls who have good academic performance and want to continue their education and also who have interest to serve as role model and peer educator for the other female students in their school and community. This is all made possible through funds from Global Giving.

The Global Giving girl’s scholarship project is implemented by the Addis Ababa Women’s Association. The selection committee for Scholarship beneficiaries’ is organized by Addis Ababa Women’s Association and the committee are comprised of Addis Women’s Association and school directors and teachers. As it was done before, based on the preset selection criteria 12 girls were newly recruited during the reporting time and were provided with the scholarship grant.

Therefore, the total number of Global Giving scholarship beneficiaries is 63, of which one student has withdrawn. The total amount of money for the scholarships to date is about 265,221.00 birr.

Please see attached, full report for details on new beneficiaries and photos.

Newly recruited scholarship beneficiary girls profile

1.        Rahel Dires:

Rahel is 13 years old, attending grade 5 at Biruh Terfa elementary School. Her mother was a victim of early marriage at age 10 and gave birth at the ages 14 and 16.

As a result of this, she became a victim of fistula and her husband divorced her due to the problem. As she had no place to go or live, she started living at the church yard living inside the thorn plastic house with her 2 female babies, Rahel and her sister. Rahel’s mother started begging on the street to feed her children and tried to send them to school. Both children are now attending school.

Unfortunately, Rahel was raped on her way back from school and apart from her physical injury she suffered from significant psychological trauma. After the incident, her teachers counseled her and she received immediate medical treatment and tested for HIV. To her luck she was found free of HIV infection. As a result of the Global Giving funds, Rahel is currently attending school with great aspiration and contentment. Her mother fistula was treated but she is still having some reproductive health problems; she is also receiving support from the Global Giving fund and is engaged in the income generating activities. As they said, they are both very grateful for Global Giving and Pathfinder International for giving them a chance to live a better life. 

2. Nigist Mesfin:

She was born in Lasta Awraja of Amhara region. She has 3 brothers and 5 sisters, their father divorced their mother at an early age, and their mother was not in a position to support the family. As a result of this, Nigist came to Addis Ababa to live with her aunt, but life was not as easy as she had expected. Nigist was forced by her aunt to work as a house maid taking responsibility for all household chores. She was also psychologically harassed; it was very difficult for her to attend school properly 

Nigist’s school officials realized the problem she was facing and selected her to receive Global Giving scholarship support. At present, Nigist is 15 years old, attending 8th grade at the Kebena elementary school. She has great vision to become a better person and live a better life.

3.            Netsanet Begashaw

Netsanet lives in Arada sub city, Woreda 7. She was born in Minjar district Amhara region.  Her father is a farmer and her mother a house-maid.  She has 2 brothers and 3 sisters of which she is the youngest. She came to Addis Ababa at the age of 7 and started living with her aunt.  Unfortunately, her aunt died and Netsanet was left without support and was thus forced to stop going to school. Realizing her problem, she was selected to receive a Global Giving scholarship. At present, Netsanet is 15 years old, attending 8th grade at the Kebena elementary school, she is very grateful for the support of Global Giving.

4.      Mariamawit Addis

Mariamawit is 12 years old, a 6th grade student at the Agazian Elementary School. Her father died at an early age, and thus Mariamawit is living with her grandfather and mother. Her grandfather is very old, working as a guard with very low salary that he could not even afford to pay her school fees.

As a result, she is a recipient of the Global Giving scholarship and is attending school with new sprit and enthusiasm.

5.      Serawit  Mesfin

Serawit Mesfin was born in Harar, she has 3 brothers and one sister. Her father is a farmer and her mother is a house maid. Her family income is very small a kind of “hand to mouth.”  Thus, she came to Addis to live with her aunt expecting to get proper educational opportunity; however, her aunt forced her to serve as a house maid during her spare time. Serawit, as a result of the work load that she holds at home, found it difficult to continue her education properly, and she considered dropping out of school.  After receiving the Global Giving scholarship support, she has been able to attend school with new sprit. She is now 16 years old and attending in 7th grade.

6.      Hana Tadele   

Hana is an 11th grade student, her father is deceased and her mother is HIV positive. Her family leads a very wretched life; they have no income or support leaving it challenging for Hana to continue her education.  As a result of this, she was selected as a recipient of the Global Giving scholarship grant. After receiving the scholarship she was able to buy school materials and to continue her education properly.

7.            Wolansa Negusie

Wolansa Nugusie was born in Aleltu Oromia region.  She is an orphan and her aunt brought her to Addis Ababa to support her but her husband was abusive and unwilling to support Wolansa’s education. Because of this, Wolansa had difficulty continuing her education. She is now provided with a GlobalGiving scholarship opportunity.  Wolansa is now 16 years old and is attending 8th grade. She is very happy and grateful for the GlobalGiving support, and she said that “hasn’t be this support I would have stop my education and could live without any future hope, but now thanks to the Global Giving support I am very happy and I have great vision to be a good productive citizen”. 

8.                Hirut Fekade

Hirut is 16 years old, a student in 7th grade. She was born in Lalibela, Amhara region. Her father and brother are farmers and her mother is a house maid. She came to Addis looking for education and was hired as a house servant, but after 3 months her employees fired her because of her eye sight problem.

She was determined to continue her education and rented a very small living room for Birr 30 per month, and started selling lottery on the street during her spare time to support herself. However life was challenging and she had difficulty continuing her education. Her teachers recommended that she receive the GlobalGiving scholarship support as a result of her struggles yet strong academic performance. After getting this GlobalGiving support she has been able to further pursue her education.

9.                Getie Demrew

Getie is 18 years old, a student of 8th grade. She was born in Shenkora, Amhara region. Her mother is widowed and working as a house maid for very little money. She has 2 brothers and 1 sister. Her mother insisted Getie marry at a young age, but Getie refused and ran away to Addis Ababa.

She found her uncle in Addis Ababa and stayed with him for 3 years. Unfortunately, her uncle passed away and his wife insisted Getie work for her as a babysitter for her children. Gete refused and went to her neighbors whom they gave her a shelter to live. Getie started washing clothes and cooking Enjera (local bread) by roaming from house to house to support herself. However, it was difficult for her to continuing her education full heartedly. Seeing her hard work and determination, she was nominated to become a recipient of the GlobalGiving scholarship project. She has now been able to attend her education properly and her work load is minimized ensuring sufficient time to study.

10.             Tigist mekonen

Tigist was born in Addis Ababa, Yeka sub city. She is 14 years old and in the 6th grade. She is an orphan and living with her sister who is a house maid. She has 2 brothers, both of whom have dropped out of school due to poverty. Thus, Tigist is offered with the GlobalGiving scholarship opportunity, and able to continue her education.

11.             Marta Tamrat

Marta is 17 years old Living in Addis Ababa, Arada sub-city, Woreda 6 and is in the 9th grade. Her father died during her childhood, she has a twin sister and 2 other sisters. Marta’s mother is supporting her family by washing clothes and baking Enjera for other people. She is also engaged in selling vegetables and fruits as a small scale business. The money her mother receives is not enough to fulfill all the necessary educational materials for her children and to properly feed them. Marta helps her mother during her spare time especially by selling vegetables and fruits.

Marta expressed her great gratitude to GlobalGiving and Pathfinder International for granting her the scholarship support saying, “from now onward, I will give very great attention to my education and I will join university at the facility of business administration” and she also wants to be a journalist. She is happily attending her education.

12.             Zewdnesh Dubre

Zewdnesh is 15 years old; she came from Sendafa. She is an orphan and was living with her aunt, who insisted that she marry early, but Zewdnesh refused the marriage and ran away from home and to Addis Ababa. She was hired as a house maid for about 4 years and continued her education at the evening school with good performance; she scored 1st in her class.

Realizing her hard work and ambition to her education, her neighbors provided Zewdnesh with shelter. To feed herself, she started working during her spare time and after school hours. But one day, the house owner tried to rape her; luckily she escaped by telling him that she was HIV positive. He then informed her that he could no longer support her. Thus, her teachers communicated with the Addis Ababa Women’s Association and asked that she receive GlobalGiving scholarship support. She is now a scholarship beneficiary and currently attending the 6th grade.


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Pathfinder International

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

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