PATHFINDER ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
Through the generous gifts provided by GlobalGiving donors, Pathfinder was able to offer four additional scholarships to girls who otherwise would not be able to attend secondary school. The following students have been selected as Pathfinder’s new scholarship recipients.
Name: Yematu Kass
Class rank: 17
Background: Yematu lives with her mother, who works as a maid, and four other siblings. Due to the burden of paying for school supplies, Yematu was about to drop out of school prior to receiving her scholarship.
Name: Marenawit Azarias
Background: Marenawit has no surviving parents and lives with her grandmother who struggles to support the basic costs of living for herself and Marenawit.
Name: Saron Alemayehu
Background: Saron lives with her family and previously had to rely on the support of outside individuals to cover the cost of basic school materials.
Name: Ruth Shume
Background: Ruth has no surviving parents and lives with another family who understands the importance of her education, but are unable to afford all of the costs of having Ruth attend school.
PATHFINDER CONTINUES TO SUPPORT GIRLS’ SECONDARY EDUCATION
As previously reported, in May 2008, Pathfinder offered scholarships to five girls to attend secondary school. Pathfinder is pleased to report on the progress of these girls.
Rediet Abebe: Prior to receiving her scholarship, Rediet struggled to come up with the necessary costs associated with attending school. With the help of the scholarship, Rediet not only can attend school, but has also achieved high academic standings. In particular, she excels in Chemistry, Biology, and Civics and dreams of a future career as an engineer. Rediet says this about her scholarship support:
“…now I am able to use basic, necessary educational materials such as reference materials, school uniforms, school bags, and other stationary materials…. These help me concentrate on my education, develop my self esteem, and feel capable of contributing to my country and as important as those students who have a better life... this is all due to Pathfinder Ethiopia and Addis Ababa Women’s Association, thanks a lot.”
Helina Kebede: Thanks to her scholarship, Helina has risen to the first rank in her class, and particularly excels in Physics and Civics. Helina spends her spare time reading and listening to the radio and dreams of becoming a lawyer. Before receiving a scholarship, Helina, received sporadic assistance from neighbors to help pay for her education. But, she often missed school so that she could work and earn money to help support herself and her ailing mother. Helina reports the following life changes, which she attributes to the scholarship support:
“…after the fund, many things have changed – I am able to afford living expenses, and concentrate solely on my education rather than sharing my time for working to get an income. If there had not been such support I would have been performing poorly and forced to drop out of the school”.
Yematawork Bezawork grew up in an orphanage without any known relatives. When the orphanage was closed Yematawork was taken in temporarily by a local family, but quickly was forced to move to a temporary shelter at a local church. There, she relied on small donations from volunteers to support her education, but they were insufficient and soon she was performing poorly in school. Thanks to her scholarship, Yematawork is now able to meet her educational costs and also uses a small portion of the funds to meet her nutritional needs. Through her scholarship and her own hard work, Yematawork ranked fourth in her class in the previous academic year.
Chekolech Tegegn: As one of 9 children, Chekolech’s parents had a difficult time supporting the basic needs of their family. By Grade 4, Chekolech had been taken out of school and eventually went to live with her aunt. Although her aunt appreciated Chekolech’s interest in her studies, she was unable to support basic living costs for the two of them. With her scholarship, Chekolech is able to purchase exercise books, textbooks, school uniform, and shoes so that she can attend school and has achieved great success in her education. Chekolech, who dreams of becoming a manager, explained the changes brought about in her life as a result of the scholarship:
“I was always very worried when the new academic year approched as I was afraid of asking to purchase stationary materials; it gives me relief …now am able to support myself and am no more burden to my aunt. I am attending happily my education like any other students. In sum, it helps me to feel better in all explained ways and perform better in school and to expect bright future.”
Samrawit Engdashet attributes her scholarship not only to helping her afford the school fees, uniforms, and textbooks that she needs to attend school, but also to boosting her self confidence. One day, Samrawit dreams of becoming a lawyer. Samrawit described the importance of her scholarship as follows:
“…before the support, I stood 4th, but after the fund, I stood 1st in my class, so there is a change in my education …my mind feels free and relieved… It has helped me a lot, I am very much happy with the support…”