It is imperative that these students receive an education to increase their chances to overcome poverty and its harsh consequences.
The Institute for Global Outreach in partnership with the Ministry of Education of Ethiopia sponsors 150 college students (100 female and 50 male).
In addition, we are now sponsoring college students with our existing partners HIDA and MCMDO in the city of Addis Ababa.
Most students in this program have been orphans since they were very young, and have suffered immensely struggling to survive on their own.
Velma Kirksey-Tarver meeting with the Director of the Ministry of Education, Elizabeth Gessesse, Administrator over the Undergraduates, Masters and PhD programs. Also with the Director of Education, Yeshihareg Negash, who works with children attending primary through 12th grade
Any student who has been granted a full scholarship to attend college should have the opportunity to do so.
Unfortunately, many students lack the minimum amount needed to cover basic expenses such as food, personal hygiene/feminine products, transportation & printing costs & internet services.
Many young girls in dire need of money oftentimes resort to desperate measures including prostitution to support themselves. This can lead to the HIV/AIDS virus, drug & alcohol addition, unintended pregnancy and/or the guilt and shame associated with performing such acts to earn money.
Beneficiaries are selected from families living far below poverty level who have the greatest need. Many are from rural and destitute areas in desperate need of support to survive, which makes it even more crucial that they receive an education to increase their chances to overcome poverty and its harsh consequences. Students are placed with a self-help group and given a monthly allowance to cover extra expenses associated with attending college.
Many students in our college initiatives also have disabilities. IGO ensures these students receive priority in our program since they have greater needs.
An Interpreter for the deaf & hard of hearing was on site to help deaf students express the issues that mattered to them. Their biggest concern was ensuring that the support would continue throughout their college career.
This student lost both parents by the time he was just 7 & his younger brother was 5. In spite of his circumstances, he is now a full time Doctor and credits his faith in God and IGO's support for his success.
Even though he lost both parents by the time he was a year old, he was so determined that he left the rural area on foot at the age of 11 to receive his education. His lifelong dream came true last year when he became a Doctor.