Sefi Melaku

sefi-melaku2009 Age 18 years

Sefi’s family farm in a village 45 Km. from Lalibela. She has 3 sisters and 1 brother. To support her education, she has worked as a servant in Lalibela. This has given her board and lodgings.

I quote from her application form “It is hard to take pride in a bridge that you can’t cross and in a door that you can’t open. I have nothing to cross the bridge ahead of me and nothing to open the door that acts as the gateway to my
life and economic independence.”

We are opening the door!

She has gained a place at Jijiga University to study Computational Science (Biology ,Chemistry, Physics + teaching qualification). It has been agreed to give her 900 Birr every month (£45), with an incentive bonus of 600 Birr on successful completion of semester 1 and another 600 Birr on successful completion
of first year.

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.

Continuing Students 2015

3 of our grade 10 students did not get a place in grade 11. This is the stage of a large cut off. There are approximately 3,000 students in grade 10 and 300 places in grade 11.

The 2 girls, Yeshimet Sete Zebegna  and Desta Mengistu Tadie, have decided not to join the further education college and have left the fund. We are delighted to have supported them to the level of grade 10 education, a level that many young girls don’t attain.

So this year we have 4 continuing students still in the school system.