Educate and Empower 800 Ethiopian Girls

by Pathfinder International
Apr 5, 2010

Pathfinder Provides 8 New Scholarships To Ethiopian Girls


Through the generous gifts provided by GlobalGiving donors, Pathfinder was able to offer eight additional scholarships to Ethiopian girls who otherwise would not be able to attend secondary school. The following students have been selected as Pathfinder’s new scholarship recipients.

Name: Rahel Misrak Grade: 10 School: Higher 12 Secondary Age: 17 Academic rank: 1st Background: Rahel is an orphan who is living with her step-mother.

Name Weinshet Zewdie Grade: 9 School: Karaalo Secondary school Age: 15 Academic rank: 1st Background: Weinshet ‘s father passed away and she now lives with her mother, who has few financial resources.

Name Eyerusalem Getachew Grade: 10 School: Entoto Amba Academic rank: 4th Age: 16 Background: Eyerusalem is an orphan and her residence has been unstable. She has been moving from one family to another seeking financial and emotional support.

Name Yalemwork Zewge Grade: 9 School: Entoto Amba Academic rank 91.9 in Grade 8 national exam Age: 15 Background: Yalemwork is from an extremely poor family. This scholarship offers her educational opportunity which would otherwise be unattainable.

Name Kalkidan Tesfaye Grade: 9 School: Ewket Wegene Academic rank: 16 Background: Kalkidan’s father passed away and soon after her mother disappeared. She has been living with her uncle, who has assigned her responsibility for all household chores.

Name Fikrte Tena Grade: 11 School: Kolfe Secondary Academic rank: 3.6 in grade 10 national exam Age: 17 Background: Fikrte is from a very poor family and she has many siblings.

Name Meaza Solomon Grade: 9 School: Meskerem Hulet secondary Academic rank: 99.9 in grade 8 national exam Age: 15 Background: Meaza is an orphan, who is living in a local shelter. She has sole responsibility for taking care of her siblings.

Name Hameredigil T/medhin Grade: 10 School: Agazian Academic rank: 1st Age: 17 Status: Hameredigil is also an orphan and she has been living with her impoverished aunt.


As previously reported in December 2009, Pathfinder offered scholarships to four girls to attend secondary school. Pathfinder is pleased to report on the progress of these students.

Yematu Kass: Yematu was promoted to grade 10 with good results ranking 14th among 57 pupils in her class. She is working hard to pass the grade 10 national examination which is the key to joining the preparatory school for tertiary education.

Marenawit Azarias: Marenawit was promoted to grade 10 level with good results. She is working hard to improve her academic rank. She has been advised to work hard for success in her grade 10 national examination, as it is essential for joining the preparatory school for tertiary education. In her 1st semester of grade 10, Marenawit improved her class academic ranking by 7 steps.

Saron Alemayehu: Saron was promoted to grade 10 with very good results, ranking 3rd among 74 pupils in her class. She significantly improved in her academic work and is using her full potential to succeed in the grade 10 national examinations, which will be held in April 2010. She regards herself as a model for her siblings.

Ruth Shume: Ruth was promoted to grade 10 with good results, ranking 7th among 55 pupils in her class. She is preparing herself to attend the grade 10 national examination, which will enable her to join the preparatory school for tertiary education.

In addition to academic scholarships, Pathfinder provides these young women with social support and important information on reproductive health. The girls are offered trainings on adolescent sexual and reproductive health, as well as life and leadership skills and they are active participants in these workshops. Working with local partners, Pathfinder convened the parents of the scholarship girls to specify the purpose of the scholarship support for their daughters and the need for appropriate utilization of school supplies, transport, uniform, bed sheets, blankets, sanitary materials and other materials provided. Pathfinder closely monitors the students’ academic results and provides them additional academic support, if needed. The students have developed their own motto: “I CAN DO AND SUCCEED”.


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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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