“I feel so lucky and blessed to be given the opportunity to study, among the millions of young people in Burma who hunger for education. I will use this education to serve and develop my community and country.” Su Su Hlaing, Scholarship Award Recipient
To begin with, we at Thabyay Education Network would like to extend our deep gratitude to everyone (136 of you) who helped us to raise US$23,457 for the Arohana Scholarship Fund during GlobalGiving’s Global Open Challenge between the 1st and 30th September 2010. At the outset of the Open Challenge we never imagined that we would receive such generous support.
We received a total of US$22,061.85 from GlobalGiving in early November, after the deduction approximately US$1,396 in GlobalGiving fees. This represents only 6% of the total funds raised during the Open Challenge period, considerably less than GlobalGiving’s standard 15% fee. This was due to the fact that the project received a US$1,000 bonus for coming third in the Open Challenge, and we also received many donations during the ‘Fee Waiver’ day in the middle of the Challenge.
Selection and Awards
Further to receipt of these funds, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee met in early November to select the students that would receive awards, and confirm the award amounts. A total of US$22,051 in awards has now been disbursed.
We are delighted to announce that these funds have enabled 15 Burmese students to start or continue their Bachelor’s or Master’s studies at universities across Asia. In many cases, these funds provided students with vital top-up funds to their existing scholarships, without which they would be forced to drop out of university. In one case, a full scholarship was awarded to a student to begin a course of study.
The recipients of these 15 awards comprise nine women and six men, ranging in age from 19 to 51, representing nine ethnic groups, studying 14 different majors at nine different universities in four countries across Asia. Award amounts ranged from US$155 to US$7,000.
Details of the awards, and profiles of each student, are provided in the attached project document.
As of the 1st December 2010, the ‘University Scholarships for Students From Burma’ project has raised US$29,127 on GlobalGiving. On receipt of the next tranche of funds, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee will meet again in December to decide on the next round of awards. The remaining US$10 from the first disbursement of funds will be combined with new funds received.
We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma.
We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$10 through GlobalGiving can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education. Many of the awards made through this tranche of funds were small, as little as US$155. However, this means the difference between a student continuing to study and completing their degree, or having to drop out altogether.
We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this inspires you to continue to support us in the future.
The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.