(Click on student lists number to see recent updates and photograph, up-to-date Sept 2012 results are now posted).
Sponsors may note that some students have completed their education either by graduating or reaching their maximum potential. In this instance your sponsorship will, with your permission, be transferred to another non-sponsored student. Preferences can be requested and/or details obtained by contacting David direct on email@example.com .
How does our student sponsorship work?
If you sponsor a student, that student's family head (if under 16) either collects that full amount of money you donate on a monthly or bi-monthly basis from our office in Mekelle City. If they live faraway, the money is sent by bank transfer to their nearest bank. Once the student is 16, if the family agree, the student takes their own responsibility for their money. This way they learn the value of money and how to budget it. All government education is fee free but students needs money for books, shoes, uniforms and in cities transport. Many of our students have no families and feed themselves, we help them with funds to furnish and rent a room. A "basic" scholarship is now £13.50p a month, but disabled students and those renting rooms get much more, often up to £25. Those students who pass Grade 10 but are unable to get a free government place often go to private colleges where fees are charged dependent on the course which we pay.
In addition to this financial support all our students get love, care and guidance to be able to manage themselves and contribute positively to society.
No other charity student sponsorship scheme works like this where your donations are often "pooled" to help a community or school.
We have built up and refined this system over 15 years and we know it works well.
Summary Student State During the year 2011/12
During the year we had 239 full-time scholarship supported students, 57% boys, 43% girls; of whom 18% are registered disabled. The breakdown is as follows:
• Elementary 77 (Grades 1 to 8)
• Secondary 55 (Grades 9 to 10)
• Pre-university 37 (Grades 11 & 12)
• Tertiary 70 (Including 2 Masters, 2 Doctorates and others at University, College, Polytechnic and Government Vocational Training Centres TVET). Many are doing Diploma courses as Auto Mechanics, or in Lapideri, Nursing, Masonry or Metal Fabrication.
• 7 students graduated with degrees: One with a PhD in Genetics,others with first degrees In Accounting, Architecture, Biology, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Info Systems
• 17 students received Diplomas as Accountants, Auto Mechanics, Draughtsmen, IT, Information Systems, Law or as Masons.
• 2 students received Certificates in Videography
All these students have now left our scholarship scheme with a three to six month job seeking allowance to find employment (longer for girls and the disabled).
• Seven other students left the scheme for a variety of reasons. Some failed for the second time to get promoted and were ineligible to continue at school, some moved away, some dropped out of their own accord, Four students left to join overseas circuses. Two were dismissed for failing to sit their exams without cause. Where students are withdrawn it is generally by mutual consent and is not done without great care. Others left due to a change in their family financial circumstances they became self-supporting. Sometimes, although rarely, students left due to a lack of ability or any further interest in education.
Key: Numbers = Grades, R = repeat,
Mars, Sheba, New Millennium, Nile, Poly (Polytechnic) and Microlink are all reputable, well-established accredited fee-paying private colleges in Mekelle. TVET is the Government Technical & Vocational Education Training Centre (with no fees but limited places)
See how to help for more options.)