The Bude Methodist church in England are continuing their sponsorship of young people studying in the medical field.
The Susan Aitchison scholarship fund is managing payments to the students on their behalf.
This year three new students have been taken on.
2015 Age 19
Samrawit is from a poor family in Lalibela.
She wanted to study nursing but was not accepted for university.
In September 2014, she joined the Kae-Med College of Nursing in Addis Ababa. She was finding it very difficult to pay the college fees and the Bude Methodist church agreed to give her support from February 2015.
She is now in her second year of study.
2015 Age 17
Birhan was born in Lalibela. Her father died when she was young. This has meant her living, and going to school, in a number of towns in Ethiopia as her mother was looking for family to support them. Recently they have been living in Kombolcha with an uncle of Birhan.
Birhan sat her grade 12 National exams in Kombolcha and scored an incredibly high mark of 569 out of a possible 700.
She made application to St. Paul’s teaching hospital in Addis Ababa, sat their exam, was interviewed and was one of the lucky 100 students accepted for medical training.
She has now settled into her 1st. year of training.
2015 Aged 22
Kiberealem has completed 2 years as a medical nursing student at Arbaminch University. Her goal is to become a retinal specialist.
Her family are very poor and can give her no support. She has been struggling to stay at University and applied for some help from the scholarship fund.
Once accepted for University, accommodation and food is provided but she has no money for things like photocopying.