Destaw Temesgn Gelaye

DESTAW-TEMESGEN-GELAYE-20122012 Aged 21 Years

Destaw is now into his third year of a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering at Addis Ababa University.

He has completed his second year with an average of 3.69 out of a possible 4 and has been graded with ‘great distinction’.

It has been agreed to continue his monthly payment of 600 Birr with 2 performance related bonuses, paying up to 400 Birr each.

Asmamaw Setegen

ASMAMAW-SETEGN-20122012 Age 23 years

Asmamaw is now into his fourth year of Law at Bahir Dar University. In his third year he scored an average of 2.29 out of a possible 4.

His result was poorer than last year as he lost time due to contracting Malaria. Our money meant that he could get the necessary medical treatment and he is now well and back on track.

It has been agreed to continue his monthly payment of 600 Birr with 2 performance related bonuses, paying up to 400 Birr each.

Fiker Getnet Worku

FIKER-GETNET-WORKU-20122012 Aged 22 Years

Fiker is now into his third year of a BSc in electrical and computer engineering at Addis Ababa University. He scored an average of 2.69 out of a possible 4 for his second year studies.

His main problem in doing the course is computer access, as most of the work is computer related. 80% of the students on the course have their own computer.

He is very grateful for all the support he is being given but has asked that if anyone has an old computer and can get it over here, he would be forever in their debt.

It has been agreed to continue his monthly payment of 600 Birr with 2 performance related bonuses, paying up to 400 Birr each.

Muluye Abebe Amlaku

MULUYE-ABEBE-AMLAKU-20122012 Aged 21 Years

Muluye is studying Business and Economics at Hawassa University. He scored an average of 2.91 out of a possible 4 in his second year and has now started the third year of his course.

It has been agreed to continue his monthly payment of 600 Birr with 2 performance related bonuses, paying up to 400 Birr each.

Baye Tesfaw

BAYE-TESFAW-20122012 Aged 18 Years

Baye retried the grade 10 national exam but, unfortunately, was still not successful in gaining a place in grade 11.

He is continuing with his second year studies at the vocational school where he is studying to become an electrician.

It has been agreed to continue his support of 500 Birr per month with 2 performance related bonuses, paying up to 250 Birr each.

Wubetu Biset Awoke

WUBETU-BISET-AWOKE-20112012 Aged 18 Years

Wubetu is now in his final year at the vocational school studying tour guiding. As both his parents are dead, the money we give him helps to support the family in addition to keeping him at college.

He has great ambitions to run his own company in the future.

It has been agreed to continue his support of 500 Birr per month for a third year with 2 performance related bonuses, paying up to 250 Birr each.

Abay Tesfaw Gesese

ABAY-TESFAW-GESESE-20122012 Age 14 years

I met this young boy when he was carrying crates of beer, sacks of flour and sugar etc. for Ben Abeba.

He is from the countryside and both his parents are dead. He is now in Lalibela to continue his education, but has no family to support him. As school is only half a day, he works the other half day to earn money to pay for a rent house and to buy food.

He is now in grade 10 and has great ambitions for his future.

It has been agreed to give him 500 birr per month + 2 performance related bonuses of up to 250 birr each.

What really impressed me about him was his desire to work and earn money rather than beg on the streets, as many youngsters do. The money we give him every month will let him concentrate on his studies.

Adane Akanie

ADANE-AKANIE-20122012 Aged 24 years

Adane must win the prize for determination!

He was one of our very first students when the fund started in 2009. His mother died one month before the grade 10 national exams and he did not do well enough to get into grade 11. His funding from us stopped and he was our only ‘failure’ in the first year.

He resat his grade 10 exam in 2010 without success but, in 2011, at the third attempt, he succeeded and went into grade 11. He has just started studying natural resource and agriculture at North Wollo University.

It has been agreed to let him rejoin the scholarship fund. He will get 600 birr per month + 2 performance related bonuses of up to 400 birr each.

Birhan Habtamu Zerfu

BIRHAN-HABTAMU-ZERFU-20122012 Age 19 years

Birhan is from a small village 20 Km. from Lalibela. His parents divorced and his father has left the area. His mother, while working as a daily labourer to earn money for the family, had an accident and is now unable to work.

Birhan scored an average of 80% in his grade 11 exams and is ranked number 3 in his class. He is now in grade 12 and hopes to be going to University next year.

It has been agreed to give him 500 birr per month + 2 performance related bonuses of up to 250 birr each.

This money will help the family to survive and will enable Birhan to stay in the school system.

Lemlem Shumeye

LEMLEM-SHUMEYE-20122012 Aged 14 years

As I said before, it is difficult to find young girls to support. It is still the case that many girls don’t access any education. Those who do are from families with a little money.

Lemlem was born in Yemerehan Kristos, 42 Km. from Lalibela. Her family live by subsistence farming. 6 years ago she moved to Lalibela to live with her grandmother. Her grandmother is very poor and they depend on sacks of grain being sent from the family when there is a good harvest.

Being in Lalibela has enabled Lemlem to access education. Last year, in grade 6, she scored an average of 83%. It has been agreed to give her a monthly payment of 500 birr + 2 performance related bonuses of up to 250 birr each.

Teshale Achenef Melaku

TESHALE-ACHENEF-MELAKU-20122012 Age 22 years

Teshale has had a very difficult life in his early years. He always yearned for education but was beaten by his father when he attended school rather than looking after the animals. His father died, his mother abandoned him and he had very little to look forward to.

An uncle in Lalibela took him in and he had the role of servant in the household. This did, however, let him access education. Against all odds, he has now been accepted to Debre Birhan University to study Economics.

It has been agreed to give him 600 birr per month + 2 performance related bonuses of up to 400 birr each.

Tsigiemariam Tafete

TSIGIEMARIAM-TAFETE-20122012 Age 17 years

Tsigiemariam’s mother died when she was 7 years old. Since that time, she has had the responsibility to work to support the family. She washes clothes for many people to earn money.

Throughout all this she has remained in the education system and has now gone into grade 12. Her average mark for grade 11 was 78%. She has the ambition to go to University next year.
It has been agreed to give her a monthly payment of 500 birr + 2 performance related bonuses of up to 250 birr each.

This money will enable her to concentrate on her studies this year.

Fund Report 2011

With grateful thanks to everyone who has supported.
You are giving us the chance to make our dreams become reality.

We are now into year 3 of the fund.

Please accept my apologies for the delay in writing the annual report. Nothing happens quickly in Ethiopia and I have been waiting to see where all our young people will be this year.

In year 2 the equivalent of £4,476 has been distributed to the students. The official University results for semester 2 are not given out until the students return to University. I am still waiting to be sent the results for 5 students, which will mean additional bonus payments of approximately £50.

SEFI-MELAKU-2011We made the decision to take on no new students this year as we still had the 16 students from last year. This is the last year of support for Getenet and Tarko. Desta may also finish this year. This will mean we can probably take on new people to support next year. We will issue application forms at the end of January. The Lalibelan committee will screen and check the validity of the applications and select the most deserving 10. These applications will be sent to the Scottish committee who match the applications with the bank balance and choose those to support. There will be positive discrimination towards young girls who show the potential to benefit from education. The number we can support is directly related to the money in the bank.

DESTAW-TEMESGEN-GELAYE-2011I am delighted with the performance of the young people. They have been taking full advantage of our support. Yonas was home during the summer and was fêted by the whole of his village. His achievement is something they perhaps don’t fully understand, but they are so proud of him. We nearly didn’t give Destaw support and he has turned out to be such a lovely young man. He is just so grateful for our support.

The bank balance is looking healthy thanks to everyone’s generosity. I hope that everyone has received a personal thank you. If not, please accept my apologies and my thanks. A special mention must go to Hamilton Bridge Club. They have ownership of the fund, as they were responsible for the first money that set it up. They continue this support every year. A special thank you must go to Joan and Jack who donated the £760 they received in wedding presents to the fund. This money alone keeps 2 young people in the education system for a year.

DESTA-ABEBAW-2011In August we held a meeting in Lalibela for all the students we support. 13 of the 16 were able to attend. They asked if they could form an association in order to keep in touch with each other. Fiker agreed to coordinate this association. Realistically, as the students are now all over Ethiopia, they will only be able to meet together every summer.

Be assured that 100% of the money given reaches the young people. Both committees give their time with no charge to the fund. I am taking this opportunity to give my personal thanks to:
Tefera, Habtamu and Mamo from Lalibela and June, Margaret and Maureen from Scotland. All your time and effort is much appreciated.

I am the lucky one as I get to meet the young people and I receive all the thanks from them. These thanks are due to all of you who have given support and I would like to pass them on to you. If you have not yet visited Lalibela, I hope that you will soon have time to come and receive in person the thanks you are due.

Mebratu Tsehaynew

MEBRATU-TSEHAYNEW-20112011 Age 21 years

Mebratu is studying Biology in the Kombolcha campus of Wollo University. He has completed first year with a mark of 2.98 out of a possible 4.

He was home for 2 months in the summer, but has now returned to Kombulcha to start his second year studies.

It has been agreed to continue his monthly payment of 600 Birr with 2 performance related bonuses, paying up to 400 Birr each.

Desta Abebaw

DESTA-ABEBAW-20112011 Aged 21 years

Desta is studying Social Sciences and Humanities at Debre Birhan University. She scored 3.17 out of a possible 4 in her second year and is now promoted to year 3.

Her biggest expenses are for photocopying materials as books are not readily available and for travelling. She could not do this without our support.

It has been agreed to continue her monthly payment of 600 Birr with 2 performance related bonuses, paying up to 400 Birr each.

Yonas Gedamu Tesfaye

YONAS-GEDAMU-TESFAYE-20112011 Age 21 years

Yonas is from a small village outside Lalibela. Many children in the village still don’t access education. Yonas, against all odds, is now studying medicine at Gondar University. He has just completed second year and has scored an amazing 3.7 out of a possible 4. He is now in his third year and his dream is becoming a reality, thanks to our support.

He has found it difficult to manage this year on 600 Birr per month and both committees have agreed to make him an exception and up his monthly payment to 900 Birr. He will also receive two performance related bonuses of a possible 400 Birr each.

Eyerus Sisay

EYERUS-SISAY-20112011 Age 17 years

Eyerus is one of our success stories!

The money we have given her has let her concentrate on her studies instead of working as a servant. She has successfully completed her grade 12 studies and has just left Lalibela to study engineering at Axum University.

She is a very quiet, shy girl and I have never seen such a big smile as she had the day she came to tell me her news.

It has been agreed to give her a monthly payment of 600 Birr with 2 performance related bonuses, paying up to 400 Birr each.

Destaw Temesgn Gelaye

DESTAW-TEMESGEN-GELAYE-20112011 Age 20 Years

Destaw is doing a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering at Addis Ababa University. He was one of the ‘extras’ we added to the fund last year and he has paid us back by scoring 3.67 out of a possible 4 for his first year of study. He has now been promoted to second year.

He is from a very poor family that is unable to give him much support. Our support of him is letting his family keep a younger brother in grade 11 at school.

He describes our help as the ‘backbone’ of his education. He says he has a lack of words to express just how grateful he is!
It has been agreed to continue his monthly payment of 600 Birr with 2 performance related bonuses, paying up to 400 Birr each.

Getnet Biru

GETENET-BIRU-20112011 Age 19 Years

Getenet is studying Tour Guiding in the local Vocational school. He has completed his second year with a mark of 3.8 out of a possible 4.

It has been agreed to continue his support of 500 Birr per month for a third year with 2 performance related bonuses, paying up to 250 Birr each.

This will be Getenet’s last year at college. As Lalibela is a tourist town, there is a good chance that he will find employment next year.

Getenet has paid back our support by studying really hard. As he says: ‘Without the support, I would not have had the chance to attend college. I am very, very grateful.’

Getanu Getnu

GETANU-GETNU-20112011 Age 19 Years

Getanu is studying textiles at the local vocational school. He has completed his first year with a mark of 30 out of a possible 32. Second year has started but, at the present time, there is no lecturer for textiles at the college. The director of the college is giving the students access to the room in order that they can practice. Hopefully, there will be a lecturer soon.

Getanu lives in Asheten, a mountain overlooking Lalibela. He has used some of his money to buy eucalyptus trees for the compound of his house. This will attract more rain. He has also bought, and is looking after, 2 sheep.

It has been agreed to continue his support of 500 Birr per month for a second year with 2 performance related bonuses, paying up to 250 Birr each.

Asmamaw Setegen

ASMAMAW-SETEGN-20112011 Age 22 Years

Asmamaw is studying Law at Bahir Dar University. He didn’t get support from us in his first year and was on the point of giving up when he was accepted for our support. He has now successfully completed his second year with a score of 2.81 out of a possible 4.

During the year he had Malaria. (Bahir Dar is a danger area for this). Our money meant that he could access medical help and he was able to return to his studies.

In his words: “Hadn’t I got the chance in your foundation, I wouldn’t continue my education.”

It has been agreed to continue his monthly payment of 600 Birr with 2 performance related bonuses, paying up to 400 Birr each.

Fiker Getnet Worku

FIKER-GETNET-WORKU-20112011 Age 21 Years

Fiker is studying engineering at Addis Ababa University. He has completed his first year and has scored 2.63 out of a possible 4. He has now been promoted to second year.

In his annual report, he asks me to pass thanks to everyone who supports. Without our help he would not be able to attend University. He gives me a quote: “God makes your daily life as full of happiness as you make for others.”

It has been agreed to continue his monthly payment of 600 Birr with 2 performance related bonuses, paying up to 400 Birr each.

Wubetu Biset Awoke

WUBETU-BISET-AWOKE-20112011 Aged 17 Years

Wubetu is studying Tourism at the local vocational school. He has just completed his first year and scored 3.8 out of a possible 4.

As his parents are both dead, our money lets him help to support his family in addition to letting him attend college.

It has been agreed to continue his support of 500 Birr per month for a second year with 2 performance related bonuses, paying up to 250 Birr each.

Sefi Melaku

SEFI-MELAKU-20112011 Age 20 Years

Sefi is studying Mathematics at Jijiga University. In her second year she scored 2.5 out of a possible 4. She has now been promoted to third year.

As Jijiga is so far away from Lalibela, (1,330 Km.) her biggest expense is for travelling. It costs her 850 Birr each way to come home to Lalibela. She didn’t get home last summer, but managed to save up for this year and was home in the summer to visit her friends and family.

It has been agreed to continue her monthly payment of 600 Birr with 2 performance related bonuses, paying up to 400 Birr each.