All the schools, colleges and universities are closed in Ethiopia. This means that our students are not accessing education at the moment and are back home with their families until the lockdown is eased.
We have made the decision to continue their monthly payments during this time, as often this will be the only source of income for the family.
We have been supporting 45 students during session 2019/2020. Five of these students were due to graduate in July 2020 but this is now not going to happen. All the other students are going to have missed at least 6 months of education and may not be able to progress to their next stage.
As we will be continuing to support the 45 students into session 2020/2021, it has been decided not to accept any additional students for this new session.
As soon as the virus is under control and we have information from the education department on their way forward, we will be able to make plans on how best to support the young people.
As always, many thanks for your continued support, which is a lifeline for these young people.