Fund Report 2012

We are now into year 4 of the scholarship fund and it is time for an annual report.

In 2011/2012, we supported 16 young people in various stages in the education system. They have continued to pay us back by working hard and achieving good results. I am pleased to say that there has been no ‘drop outs’ this year. The main reason for this is the careful screening of applicants given by the Lalibelan committee. This ensures that the young people we help are those with the greatest need. They are all very grateful for the support, without which they would not be able to remain in the education system. I am constantly receiving their thanks, when the thanks are due to all of you.

In 2011/2012 the equivalent of £4,835 has been distributed to the students.

Thank you to Hamilton Bridge Club, which is responsible for the setting up of the fund. Their annual tournament again topped up the money in the bank. Thanks to all those who have set up a standing order, to pay money regularly into the account. Thanks to everyone who has made donations throughout the year. Thanks to the visitors to Lalibela who have given money in support.

To everyone, please accept my thanks on behalf of the young people here. You are all making such a difference to their lives and their ambitions for the future.

The scheme could not run without the support of the 2 committees. All the members give their time, and expertise, without any payment. Thank you to June, Margaret and Maureen in Scotland and to Tefera, Habtamu and Mamo in Lalibela.

My role here has been in ensuring that all the young people get their money every month. Those at University get it paid into their bank account. Those in Lalibela come to collect the money in cash. I feel it is now time to look at a system, which will operate without my direct involvement. The cahier at Ben Abeba restaurant, Tsegenet, has volunteered to take on my role in the system. Both committees have agreed that she will get paid 200 birr (approximately £7) per month for this work. I hope that you are all happy with this administrative payment being made.

Five of our young people graduated this year and are not now being supported by the fund. Due to everyone’s generosity, we have been able to add 7 new young people to the programme. This means that we will be supporting 18 young people during 2012/2013.

It is difficult to find the words to describe the difference this money is making to the lives of these young people. Please accept my thanks for remembering us out here and for your continual support.
For the first time we have young people moving into the category of ‘past’ students. In August, most of the students met for lunch at Ben Abeba restaurant. Congratulations were given to those completing their studies. Encouragement was given to those still in the system.

Getenet Biru

graduates-2012Diploma 4, Tour Guiding
Vocational School, Lalibela
2012

Getenet Biru has graduated from the vocational school in Lalibela with a Diploma 4 in tour guiding. He won the prize for the top student in the year. He is interested in using this qualification as entrance to University and has been advised to work for one year and then apply for support with this, if he is still interested.

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.

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.