Getanu Getnu

graduates-2012Diploma 3, Textiles
Vocational School, Lalibela
2012

Getanu has graduated from the vocational school in Lalibela with a diploma 3 in textiles. He is setting up a traditional weaving loom at Ben Abeba restaurant, where he will give demonstrations to tourists and, hopefully, have a market place for his produce.

Almaz Melese

ALMAZ-MELESE-20122012 Age 20 years

Almaz has just completed year 1 of a BSc in Nursing at the Tropical College of Medicine in Dessie. She has to pay fees for this course and was having to give up as her family have no money to pay.

The chairman of the Lalibelan committee met her mother in Lalibela trying to sell her land in the countryside to enable Almaz to stay at College. She is now given 2,000 birr per month, which covers her fees and her expenses.

Mebratu Tsehaynew

MEBRATU-TSEHAYNEW-20122012 Age 22 years

Mebratu is studying Biology in the Kombolcha campus of Wollo University. He has completed second 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 third 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.

Eyerus Sisay

EYERUS-SISAY-20122012 Aged 18 Years

Eyerus has now completed her first year of engineering at Axum University.

She has been back in Lalibela for her summer break and I am delighted to see how much she has grown in confidence throughout the year.

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

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.

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.