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University Scholarships for Students from Burma

Through providing quality higher education, this project will help build the capacity of disadvantaged communities to foster positive change in one of the world's poorest and most troubled countries.

What is the problem the project is addressing?

Burma has been mired in chronic social, political and economic crises for two generations. At least 50% of the population lives in extreme poverty. The country's GDP per person is similar to Afghanistan & Rwanda, with an estimated US$1 per person per year spent on education and health services combined. The state education system is unable to equip students with the skills needed to tackle the enormous challenges facing the country. Only the wealthy elites can afford quality education.

How will this project solve the problem?

This project will enable socially-engaged community and civil society workers to gain the skills needed to return to their communities and implement vital relief and development projects to improve lives and foster progressive and sustainable change.

What is the potential long-term impact of this project?

Each scholarship recipient, whether a health care professional, educator, community development specialist or other key worker, will directly impact thousands of people in Burma through the provision of desperately needed skills and services.

Jan 17 2017

Youth and Education Opportunity for indigenous group

Khin Aye Han

We at Thabyay Education Network would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project on GlobalGiving.
The Thabyay Education Foundation helps students settle into university and get the most out of their academic studies and organizes scholarship students at different universities in different countries to build networks, compare experiences, and meet experts in a range of relevant fields.

1)Trip to Lashio, Northern Shan State

A presentation on Youth and Education Opportunity for Wa Students was organized by the Wa Students Association at Lashio, Northern Shan State and there were nearly 70 students attended our session. Our trip shared various kinds of information for indigenous people to pursue their education.

2)Trip to Myitkina, Kachin State

A special talk on “Scholarship Opportunities “was given at 17th Youth Day of Kachin Theology College Seminary, Education Fair, Nawng Nang, Myintkyina where 3000 youths from four districts of Myintkyina attended.

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to say again our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

Oct 19 2016

Scholarship opportunities to study abroad for the students from Mon and Kachin State

Khin Aye Han

Thabyay Education Foundation provides scholarships to selected candidates from Myanmar to study at universities in the Asian region. This also provides a range of technical and logistical support to ensure the successful operation of the programs and the most effective distribution of scholarship funds.

Through a network of information centers and representatives in Myanmar, and its website, the Thabyay Education Foundation disseminates information about scholarships and opportunities to study abroad, provides academic counselling and offers support in applying to universities and scholarship programs.

Trip to Mawlamyine, Mon State

    1. The trip to Mawlamyine was fruitful as there were nearly 100 students attended our session held in Rammannya Myae English Center (Monastery) in August 2016.

      After sharing the information at the venue, more than an hour was spent for half of the students to discuss about their interest, present qualification and future opportunities to individual and pairs.

      “We met and talked with potential students who are really interested in scholarship awards. About 5 students achieved distinctions in their matriculation exam”.

Trip to Myintkyina, Waing Maw, Kachin State

    1. Around 35 students attended our session held in Christian Leadership Training Center (Waing Maw Baptist Association) in August 2016.

    2. About 60 students attended our session held in Tatkon 10th mile Kachin Baptist Church in August 2016. During this trip, there were nearly 100 students received the scholarship information of study abroad.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future.

Jul 22 2016

Supporting Youth Attending the Dialogue

U Soe Lay

Overview We at Thabyay Education Network's Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our 'University Scholarships for Students from Burma' project on GlobalGiving. Our mission Our Mission is to educate, develop, inspire, connect, and empower individuals and organizations that are change-makers in South-East Asia, with a primary focus on Myanmar. We seek to achieve this through knowledge creation, innovative instruction, guided skills expansion, and by forging connections to networks, information and opportunities. We are inspired to create far-reaching transformations for and with the people of Myanmar. Scholarships Administration The Thabyay Education Foundation administers university scholarship programs on behalf of a wide range of donors, and operates its own scholarship fund. These programs provide scholarships to selected candidates from Myanmar to study at universities in the Asian region. The Thabyay Education Foundation also provides a range of technical and logistical support to ensure the successful operation of the programs and the most effective distribution of scholarship funds. In the course of administering scholarships, the Thabyay Education Foundation builds relationships with universities in Asia, securing places, fee waivers and, in some cases, full scholarships for students from Myanmar. Student Support Through a network of information centers and representatives in Myanmar, and its website, the Thabyay Education Foundation disseminates information about scholarships and opportunities to study abroad, provides academic counseling and offers support in applying to universities and scholarship programs. The Thabyay Education Foundation helps students settle into university and get the most out of their academic studies and organizes an annual conference enabling scholarship students at different universities in different countries to build networks, compare experiences, and meet experts in a range of relevant fields. The award recipient was as follows: Recipient: Name: Lin Age: 24 Sex: Male Ethnicity: Karen Subject Studied: Environmental Sustainability University: Melaka, Malaysia Award Amount: US$ 200 Award Type: Partial scholarship N.B. Names of award recipients have been changed to protect his/her identy. Lin attended Melaka International Youth Dialogue at Melaka, Malaysia in June 2016 with partial support from GlobalGiving. The topic of the dialogue is Environmental Sustainability. The theme of this dialogue is to discuss and share the opinion and knowledge of the young people on the environment around the world to attain the goals of Environmental Sustainability in the future. One hundred and sixty of young people from thirty six countries joined the event and it earned a Declaration of Melaka International Youth Dialogue (MIYD). In his own words "Without getting scholarship from GlobalGiving, I could not fulfill my dream. Experiences such as the first time oversea travelling, international dialogue, knowledge exchanges, problem solving, adaptation on the unexpected situation, taking the leading role among the people from different nations and keeping in touch with new colleagues from MIYD till now is the essence what I had done in my life". Future Plans The Arohana Scohlarship Fund remains committed to helping key community actors gain access to appropriate higher education to optimize their positive impact in Burma in key sectors including health care, education, community development, rights and media. The Arohana Scholarship Fund is currently waiting for further funds to be received from GlobalGiving before the Selection Committee meets to decide on further scholarship awards. Closing Statement We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education. We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you. If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch. With our best wishes, U Soe Lay Senior Program Manager, Scholarships and Student Support Thabyay Education Network Email: usoelay@thabyay.org Websites: www.thabyay.org www.arohanascholarships.org

May 03 2016

Helping students at Myitkyina, North Myanmar

U Soe Lay

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project on GlobalGiving.

Our mission

Our Mission is to educate, develop, inspire, connect, and empower individuals and organizations that are change-makers in South-East Asia, with a primary focus on Myanmar. We seek to achieve this through knowledge creation, innovative instruction, guided skills expansion, and by forging connections to networks, information and opportunities. We are inspired to create far-reaching transformations for and with the people of Myanmar.

Scholarships Administration

The Thabyay Education Foundation administers university scholarship programs on behalf of a wide range of donors, and operates its own scholarship fund. These programs provide scholarships to selected candidates from Myanmar to study at universities in the Asian region. The Thabyay Education Foundation also provides a range of technical and logistical support to ensure the successful operation of the programs and the most effective distribution of scholarship funds.

 In the course of administering scholarships, the Thabyay Education Foundation builds relationships with universities in Asia, securing places, fee waivers and, in some cases, full scholarships for students from Myanmar.

Student Support

Through a network of information centers and representatives in Myanmar, and its website, the Thabyay Education Foundation disseminates information about scholarships and opportunities to study abroad, provides academic counseling and offers support in applying to universities and scholarship programs.

 The Thabyay Education Foundation helps students settle into university and get the most out of their academic studies and organizes an annual conference enabling scholarship students at different universities in different countries to build networks, compare experiences, and meet experts in a range of relevant fields.

Future Plans

 The Arohana Scohlarship Fund remains committed to helping key community actors gain access to appropriate higher education to optimize their positive impact in Burma in key sectors including health care, education, community development, rights and media. The Arohana Scholarship Fund is currently waiting for further funds to be received from GlobalGiving before the Selection Committee meets to decide on further scholarship awards.

 Closing Statement

 We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

 We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support  us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

 If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

 With our best wishes,

U Soe Lay

Senior Program Manager, Scholarships and Student Support

Thabyay Education Network

Email: usoelay@thabyay.org 

Websites:        www.thabyay.org  

 www.arohanascholarships.org

Feb 18 2016

Help Arohana Scholarship Fund

U Soe Lay

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project on GlobalGiving.

Our mission

Our Mission is to educate, develop, inspire, connect, and empower individuals and organizations that are change-makers in South-East Asia, with a primary focus on Myanmar. We seek to achieve this through knowledge creation, innovative instruction, guided skills expansion, and by forging connections to networks, information and opportunities. We are inspired to create far-reaching transformations for and with the people of Myanmar.

Scholarships Administration

The Thabyay Education Foundation administers university scholarship programs on behalf of a wide range of donors, and operates its own scholarship fund. These programs provide scholarships to selected candidates from Myanmar to study at universities in the Asian region. The Thabyay Education Foundation also provides a range of technical and logistical support to ensure the successful operation of the programs and the most effective distribution of scholarship funds.

 In the course of administering scholarships, the Thabyay Education Foundation builds relationships with universities in Asia, securing places, fee waivers and, in some cases, full scholarships for students from Myanmar.

Student Support

Through a network of information centers and representatives in Myanmar, and its website, the Thabyay Education Foundation disseminates information about scholarships and opportunities to study abroad, provides academic counseling and offers support in applying to universities and scholarship programs.

 The Thabyay Education Foundation helps students settle into university and get the most out of their academic studies and organizes an annual conference enabling scholarship students at different universities in different countries to build networks, compare experiences, and meet experts in a range of relevant fields.

Future Plans

 The Arohana Scohlarship Fund remains committed to helping key community actors gain access to appropriate higher education to optimize their positive impact in Burma in key sectors including health care, education, community development, rights and media. The Arohana Scholarship Fund is currently waiting for further funds to be received from GlobalGiving before the Selection Committee meets to decide on further scholarship awards.

 Closing Statement

 We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

 We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support  us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

 If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

 With our best wishes,

U Soe Lay

Senior Program Manager, Scholarships and Student Support

Thabyay Education Network

Email: usoelay@thabyay.org 

Websites:        www.thabyay.org  

 www.arohanascholarships.org

Dec 01 2015

Support a Business woman to continue her study

U Soe Lay

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project on GlobalGiving.

 After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of approximately US$ 67,752 in disbursements from GlobalGiving for the University Scholarships for Students from Burma project (funds are received over time in Thai Baht at different exchange rates, so USD figures can only be approximately calculated).

 By the 14th September 2015, we had disbursed approximately US$ 65,927 to scholarship awards.

Selection and awards

Since the last report on 14th September, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made one further awards totalling approximately US$ 595.

 The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 61 awards enabling 51 students from marginalised communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

 The recipients of these awards comprise 25 women and 26 men, ranging in age from 16 to 51 (average age of approximately 23, representing nine ethnic groups, studying 30 different majors at 18 different universities in 5 countries across Asia).

The award recipient was as follows:

Recipient:

Name: Chaw

Age: 34

Sex: Female

Ethnicity: Karen

Subject Studied: Business Administration

University:University of Thai Chamber Commerce

Award Amount: US$ 595

Award Type: Partial scholarship

N.B. Names of award recipients have been changed to protect their identities.

 In her own words “Some people may think business is profit for the boss only. As for me, I think business profits to every consumer, producer, worker or office staff and government. Farmer will produce rice and he will sell the extra rice to get some money. He will spend his money for his other needs.  Merchant will buy farmer’s extra rice and sell again to a company. The company will buy rice and sell it spread over the supermarket or store. While the process was installed, every single person who involved in the process will get benefit as wages. Even government will get tax from the process. Doing business mean not only profit, you are offer convenience to consumer and offer jobs and income for many employee and producer (e.g. Farmer). Without merchant and company doing business the farmer might have to throw away his extra rice because he can’t eat his all rice. He may got sick and die because he don’t have money to buy medicine or get treatment. The employee won’t have any job to do and his income will effect to his family who depend on him. The government may get less money to develop his country either. The power of business can provide convenience to all people who eat the food. Some companies donate some of their benefit to Non-Government Organization to provide education, health and some other needs to poor community”.

Future Plans

 The Arohana Scohlarship Fund remains committed to helping key community actors gain access to appropriate higher education to optimize their positive impact in Burma in key sectors including health care, education, community development, rights and media. The Arohana Scholarship Fund is currently waiting for further funds to be received from GlobalGiving before the Selection Committee meets to decide on further scholarship awards.

 Closing Statement

 We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

 We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support  us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

 If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

 With our best wishes,

U Soe Lay

Senior Program Manager, Scholarships and Student Support

Thabyay Education Network

Email: usoelay@thabyay.org 

Websites:        www.thabyay.org  

 www.arohanascholarships.org

 

Sep 14 2015

Support an outstanding researcher

U Soe Lay

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project on GlobalGiving.

 After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of approximately US$ 67.058 in disbursements from GlobalGiving for the University Scholarships for Students from Burma project (funds are received over time in Thai Baht at different exchange rates, so USD figures can only be approximately calculated).

 By the 10th July 2015, we had disbursed approximately US$ 65,332 to scholarship awards.

Selection and awards

Since the last report on 6th May, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made one further awards totalling approximately US$ 800.

 The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 60 awards enabling 50 students from marginalised communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

 The recipients of these awards comprise 24 women and 26 men, ranging in age from 16 to 51 (average age of approximately 23, representing nine ethnic groups, studying 30 different majors at 17 different universities in 5 countries across Asia).

The award recipient was as follows:

Recipient:

Name: Moe

Age: 49

Sex: Male

Ethnicity: Burman

Subject Studied: Post graduate research  

University:University of Malaysia

Award Amount: US$ 750

Award Type: Partial scholarship

N.B. Names of award recipients have been changed to protect their identities.

 Moe has completed the BSc Zoology in 1991. He graduated the MSc Zoology in 1997. His postgraduate research is the reproductive biology of catfish. After completion of MSc degree, he worked as a demonstrator at the Department of Zoology, Mandalay University in 1998. He joined the PhD in Zoology at Mandalay University in 2002 and completed in 2006. His PhD thesis is about the ecology of fruit bat. During her PhD, he got the three new records of bats from Kachin forest. This finding was published in the international journal, Actachiropterologica in 2005. His PhD thesis was published at the Lambert Academic Publishing (LAP) House, Germany in 2013.

In his own words “I would like to express my gratitude for your support. This scholarship allows me and gives me a great chant to go to the University of Malaysia to present my research paper and also can participate the 3rd International Southeast Asian Bat Conference at Kuching, Malaysia. Without this scholarship I cannot afford all of the fees”.

Future Plans

 

The Arohana Scohlarship Fund remains committed to helping key community actors gain access to appropriate higher education to optimize their positive impact in Burma in key sectors including health care, education, community development, rights and media. The Arohana Scholarship Fund is currently waiting for further funds to be received from GlobalGiving before the Selection Committee meets to decide on further scholarship awards.

 Closing Statement

 We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

 

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support  us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

 If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

 

With our best wishes,

U Soe Lay

Senior Program Manager, Scholarships and Student Support

Thabyay Education Network

Email: usoelay@thabyay.org 

Websites:        www.thabyay.org  

 www.arohanascholarships.org

Jul 10 2015

Outstanding student supported to attend exchange

U Soe Lay

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project on GlobalGiving.

After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of approximately US$ 66,195 in disbursements from GlobalGiving for the University Scholarships for Students from Burma project (funds are received over time in Thai Baht at different exchange rates, so USD figures can only be approximately calculated).

 By the 6th May 2015, we had disbursed approximately US$ 64,582 to scholarship awards.

Selection and awards

Since the last report on 6th May, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made one further awards totalling approximately US$ 800.

 The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 59 awards enabling 49 students from marginalised communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

 The recipients of these awards comprise 23 women and 26 men, ranging in age from 16 to 51 (average age of approximately 23, representing nine ethnic groups, studying 30 different majors at 17 different universities in 5 countries across Asia).

 The award recipient was as follows:

Recipient 1:

Name: San

Age: 23

Sex: Female

Ethnicity: Kachin

Subject Studied: Public Policy, Management and Politics   

University:Murdoch University Australia

Award Amount: US$ 800

Award Type: Partial scholarship

N.B. Names of award recipients have been changed to protect their identities.

 San is currently studying Public Policy, Management and Politics program at City University of Hong Kong as an undergraduate student. Coming from a rural area of Myanmar where education has lost its value makes her yearn for a better tertiary education and creates her interests in culture diversity.

Studying in a new environment, Hong Kong, and interactions with professors and fellow students from different cultural norms and backgrounds give her the opportunity to explore new areas of social world. Thus, she believes that exchange program at a foreign university will bring further various benefits to her healthy study life in diverse ways. Indeed, it will be challenging for her to stabilize herself at a foreign university and country within a semester. However, the exchange program to Murdoch University, Australia, would undoubtedly be an eye opening experience and she assures that is going to be a life-changing-experience for her.

It is very competitive for Myanmar students to win scholarships for studying abroad. However, studying at City University of Hong Kong as a scholarship recipient has trained her how to value and use both educational and cultural diversities for the betterment of my community. In fact, it has made her a better exchange program candidate with a unique identity to the host institution representing not only Myanmar but also City University of Hong Kong.

Moreover, by participating in this exchange program, she believes that she would further improve better cognitive abilities in public policy, public management and politics of different countries. Moreover, through this exchange program, she would be able to better her intercultural communication skills, gain and apply different approaches to analyze issues in public affairs and the public management at the local and global levels. With these opportunities expected to gain from exchange program, she expects to expend her educational and social networks and develop her learning progress by which she can help her community in terms of public policy, management and politics.

Future Plans

 The Arohana Scohlarship Fund remains committed to helping key community actors gain access to appropriate higher education to optimize their positive impact in Burma in key sectors including health care, education, community development, rights and media. The Arohana Scholarship Fund is currently waiting for further funds to be received from GlobalGiving before the Selection Committee meets to decide on further scholarship awards.

 Closing Statement

 We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

 We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support  us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

 If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

 With our best wishes,

U Soe Lay

Senior Program Manager, Scholarships and Student Support

Thabyay Education Network

Email: usoelay@thabyay.org 

Websites:        www.thabyay.org  

 www.arohanascholarships.org

May 05 2015

One student supported to attend IELTS preparation

U Soe Lay

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project on GlobalGiving.

 After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of approximately US$ 65,275 in disbursements from GlobalGiving for the University Scholarships for Students from Burma project (funds are received over time in Thai Baht at different exchange rates, so USD figures can only be approximately calculated).

 By the 6th March 2015, we had disbursed approximately US$ 64,129 to scholarship awards.

 Selection and awards

Since the last report on 6th March, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made one further awards totalling approximately US$ 90.

 The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 58 awards enabling 48 students from marginalised communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

 The recipients of these awards comprise 22 women and 26 men, ranging in age from 16 to 51 (average age of approximately 25, representing nine ethnic groups, studying 30 different majors at 17 different universities in 5 countries across Asia).

 The award recipient was as follows:

Recipient 1:

Name: Min

Age: 23

Sex: Male

Ethnicity: Mon

Subject Studied: IELTS Preparation   

University: Kant Kaw Education Center

Award Amount: US$ 90

Award Type: Partial scholarship

N.B. Names of award recipients have been changed to protect their identities.

 Min came from a nuclear family consisting only of her mother, father and two sisters. He had completed matriculation exam in 2007 and graduate bachelor degree in 2013 majoring in English. Min did a lot of work including both paid jobs and unpaid in history and onwards. He had also volunteered for Mon Conversation Club (MCC) in Yangon where he involved as an education team coordinator, assisted in fundraising and culture exchange, coordinated and facilitated reading club and conversation club with around twenty participants and taught general English to young adults. Moreover, he taught as well for Kayin University students group in Kayin state in 2012.  

 Min was so excited to get a partial support from Thabyay Education Foundation to attend the IELTS preparation. In his own word “I want to set up a well education system and worth social status. In specific, I am working for Myanmar’s relationships as an ambassador with the international countries”. 

Future Plans

 The Arohana Scohlarship Fund remains committed to helping key community actors gain access to appropriate higher education to optimize their positive impact in Burma in key sectors including health care, education, community development, rights and media. The Arohana Scholarship Fund is currently waiting for further funds to be received from GlobalGiving before the Selection Committee meets to decide on further scholarship awards.

Closing Statement

 We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

 We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

 If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

 With our best wishes,

U Soe Lay

Senior Program Manager, Scholarships and Student Support

Thabyay Education Network

Email: usoelay@thabyay.org 

Websites:        www.thabyay.org  

 www.arohanascholarships.org

Mar 06 2015

One student supported to attend exchange program

U Soe Lay

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project on GlobalGiving.

 After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of approximately US$ 64,761 in disbursements from GlobalGiving for the University Scholarships for Students from Burma project (funds are received over time in Thai Baht at different exchange rates, so USD figures can only be approximately calculated).

 By the 6th March 2015, we had disbursed approximately US$ 63,692 to scholarship awards.

 Selection and awards

Since the last report on 24th December, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made one further awards totalling approximately US$ 423.

 The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 57 awards enabling 47 students from marginalised communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

 The recipients of these awards comprise 22 women and 25 men, ranging in age from 16 to 51 (average age of approximately 24, representing nine ethnic groups, studying 30 different majors at 17 different universities in 5 countries across Asia).

 The award recipients were as follows:

Recipient 1:

Name: Moo

Age: 24

Sex: Male

Ethnicity: Karen

Subject Studied: Social Sciences

University: Chiang Mai University  

Award Amount: US$ 423

Award Type: Partial scholarship

N.B. Names of award recipients have been changed to protect their identities

Future Plans

 The Arohana Scohlarship Fund remains committed to helping key community actors gain access to appropriate higher education to optimize their positive impact in Burma in key sectors including health care, education, community development, rights and media. The Arohana Scholarship Fund is currently waiting for further funds to be received from GlobalGiving before the Selection Committee meets to decide on further scholarship awards.

 Closing Statement

 We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

 We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support 

us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

 If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

 With our best wishes,

U Soe Lay

Senior Program Manager, Scholarships and Student Support

Thabyay Education Network

Email: usoelay@thabyay.org 

Websites:        www.thabyay.org  

 www.arohanascholarships.org

Dec 29 2014

Three students supported to access higher education

U Soe Lay

Overview

 We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 66,653 since the 1st September 2010 so we are well on our way to our target of US$ 99,000!

 After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of approximately US$ 64,275 in disbursements from GlobalGiving for the University Scholarships for Students from Burma project (funds are received over time in Thai Baht at different exchange rates, so USD figures can only be approximately calculated).

 By the 24th December 2014, we had disbursed approximately US$ 63,269 to scholarship awards.

 Selection and awards

 Since the last report on 12th October, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made three further awards totalling approximately US$ 493.

 The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 56 awards enabling 46 students from marginalised communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

 The recipients of these awards comprise 22 women and 24 men, ranging in age from 16 to 51 (average age of approximately 24, representing nine ethnic groups, studying 30 different majors at 17 different universities in 5 countries across Asia).

 The award recipients were as follows:

Recipient 1:

Name: Thar

Age: 26

Sex: Male

Ethnicity: Karen

Subject Studied: IELTS intensive

University: Kant Kaw Education Center

Award Amount: US$ 210

Award Type: Full scholarship

 

Recipient 2:

Name: Tawng

Age: 20

Sex: Male

Ethnicity: Kachin

Subject Studied: IELTS test fee

University: British Counsel

Award Amount: US$ 157

Award Type: Full  scholarship

 

Recipient 3:

Name: Wah

Age: 16

Sex: Male

Ethnicity: Karen

Subject Studied: IELTS Preparation

University: Kant Kaw Education Center

Award Amount: US$ 126

Award Type: Full scholarship

N.B. Names of award recipients have been changed to protect their identities.

 Future Plans

The Arohana Scohlarship Fund remains committed to helping key community actors gain access to appropriate higher education to optimize their positive impact in Burma in key sectors including health care, education, community development, rights and media. The Arohana Scholarship Fund is currently waiting for further funds to be received from GlobalGiving before the Selection Committee meets to decide on further scholarship awards.

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support 

us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

 If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

 With our best wishes,

U Soe Lay

Senior Program Manager, Scholarships and Student Support

Thabyay Education Network

Email: usoelay@thabyay.org  Websites:       www.thabyay.org    www.arohanascholarships.org

Oct 16 2014

Continuing Support for Burmese Students

U Soe Lay

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 66,653 since the 1st September 2010 so we are well on our way to our target of US$ 99,000!

After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of approximately US$ 63,782 in disbursements from GlobalGiving for the University Scholarships for Students from Burma project (funds are received over time in Thai Baht at different exchange rates, so USD figures can only be approximately calculated).

By the 22nd August 2014, we had disbursed approximately US$ 62,776 to scholarship awards.

Selection and awards

Since the last report on 18th April, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made two further awards totalling approximately US$ 332.

The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 51 awards enabling 40 students from marginalised communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

The recipients of these awards comprise 20 women and 20 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 24, representing nine ethnic groups, studying 30 different majors at 17 different universities in 5 countries across Asia).

The award recipients were as follows:

Recipient 1:

Name: Kham

Age: 22

Sex: Male

Ethnicity: Shan

Subject Studied: Social Sciences Education (Greater China)

University: Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong

Award Amount: US$ 116

Award Type: Partial scholarship

Recipient 2:

Name: Thae

Age: 22

Sex: Female

Ethnicity: Karen

Subject Studied: Education

University: Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong

Award Amount: US$ 216

Award Type: Partial scholarship

 N.B. Names of award recipients have been changed to protect their identities.

 Future Plans

The Arohana Scohlarship Fund remains committed to helping key community actors gain access to appropriate higher education to optimize their positive impact in Burma in key sectors including health care, education, community development, rights and media. The Arohana Scholarship Fund is currently waiting for further funds to be received from GlobalGiving before the Selection Committee meets to decide on further scholarship awards.

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

 With our best wishes,

U Soe Lay

Senior Program Manager, Scholarships and Student Support

Thabyay Education Network

Email: usoelay@thabyay.org 

Websites:       www.thabyay.org   

www.arohanascholarships.org

Oct 10 2014

Support Scholars from Burma with a Bonus!

U Soe Lay

Dear friends of Thabyay Education Foundation,

Thabyay’s programs are designed to support students and key community and civil society workers. We help them to acquire the skills, knowledge, networks and assistance to foster self-directed, sustainable development in their communities and the wider society.

Thabyay’s university scholarships and student counseling contribute to this mission by enabling future leaders from marginalized communities to pursue high quality, relevant university education, and to access the networks and expertise required to participate effectively in the development of their communities upon graduation.

 Partner Rewards Bonus Day: October 15th (US Eastern Time)

On October 15th 2014 Global Giving will match any donations made to our project by 40% until matching funds run out. This is a great opportunity for your donation to go even further! Donate to University Scholarships for Students from Burma between 9:00am and 11:59pm (EDT) for your donation to be matched! Times are given in USA Eastern Time - to see the event times in your location, please see below or click here.

Where does your donation go?

Below is the story of Mang, who already begins university studies in Bangkok, Thailand in 2014 through our scholarship program.

Mang’s father was imprisoned for political affairs in 1998. His mother had the tenacity to initiate the educated generation even though he became homeless. His parents were divorced in 2002. He was sent to a monastery and studied both government curriculum and religious studies there. He stopped schooling at grade 5 since his desired to emphasize in Buddhist studies. He then spent two years learning Parli literature in Yangon and Myaung Mya.

                         He arrived Phaungdawoo monastic education high school (PDO) in 2005 to restart schooling. The teachers were impressed with his academic commitment and so he was selected to participate as a peer educator in Child Focused Network (CFN), non-governmental organization that works for promoting children’s rights. As a part of this responsibility, he attended some trainings and workshops like Child Rights Awareness in order to serve effectively. At Children’s Day ceremonies, he won the first place prizes for drawing and essay competitions in 2006 and 2008. His writing was published in the monthly journal of CFN. Afterward, he joined the government youth development camp which is built to generate human resources by providing schooling to poor local students. As a government organization, he was trained to be a responsible citizens. Subsequent to high school, he volunteered as an office helper in PDO. Later, he was assigned to teach Social Studies and History in the primary level for two years. In 2003, he was awarded by Kantkaw education center of Thabyay Education Foundation to pursue university preparation program. At Kant Kaw School, he learned various subjects including Academic English, Politics and Social Science by international and native teachers. Additionally, he has completed the first year of English at Distance University.                 

 A native of Chin state in Myanmar, he is determined to learn about Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Rangsit University to apply in development projects of his home town such as Economics Development in Chin State, Myanmar: Microfinance and Building for the Future: Capacity Building for Development in Southern Chin State, and . To improve these sectors is a key to development.

                                     “My community is full of natural resources. The hilly mountains could be difficult in development. However, I hope to advance this region by enriching the political and economic sector. It would encourage the entrepreneurs to invest. I do believe improved politics and economics could bring the way to conquer other threats to development”.

Please help us to continue to support students like Ling Mang to achieve their educational goals! Please donate online via GlobalGiving: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/university-scholarships-for-students-from-burma/

Converted Bonus Day times in your region (click here to see other locations):

Myanmar: Wed 15 October 7:30pm – Thurs 16 Oct 10:29am

Thailand: Wed 15 Oct 8:00pm – Thurs 16 Oct 10:59am

UK: Wed 15 Oct 2:00pm – Thurs 16 Oct 4:59am

Australia (EST):  Wed 15 Oct 11:00pm – Thurs 16 Oct 1:59pm

 

Best regards,

U Soe Lay

Senior Program Manager, Scholarships and Student Support

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Jul 16 2014

Support Scholars from Burma with a Bonus!

Katie Hodges

Dear friends of Thabyay Education Foundation,

Thabyay’s programs are designed to support students and key community and civil society workers. We help them to acquire the skills, knowledge, networks and assistance to foster self-directed, sustainable development in their communities and the wider society.

Thabyay’s university scholarships and student counseling contribute to this mission by enabling future leaders from marginalized communities to pursue high quality, relevant university education, and to access the networks and expertise required to participate effectively in the development of their communities upon graduation.

Partner Rewards Bonus Day:  July 16th (US Eastern Time)

On July 16th 2014 Global Giving will match any donations made to our project by 40% until matching funds run out. This is a great opportunity for your donation to go even further! Donate to University Scholarships for Students from Burma between 9:00am and 11:59pm (EDT) for your donation to be matched! This email marks the beginning of the Bonus Day - to see the event times in your location, please click here.

Where does your donation go?

Below is the story of Saw Nay Thura, who will begin university studies in Bangkok, Thailand in 2014 through our scholarship program.

After losing his mother to typhoid at the age of 9, Saw Nay Thura’s father sent him to live with another family where he could be better taken care of and continue to receive education. After a few years there, he attended boarding school with the financial support of both his father and his guardian family, and for the first time began to greatly succeed in his studies, achieving three distinctions in his final exams. Based on his grades, Saw Nay was accepted to medical school; however he could not attend as his father and guardians would not support him. Instead, he began volunteering with the YMCA in Mandalay and studying English via distance education.

In 2013, Saw Nay was selected for a scholarship to attend a university preparation program in Yangon. During the one year intensive program, Saw Nay also learned of the passing of his father. Despite his pain, Saw Nay continued to strive to reach his goals, and hopes his parents would be proud of him.

“I am trying to sustain my father’s gratitude on me by some ways instead of hopelessly mobbing or missing him every time, for instance, trying to become a graduated and sophisticated person who can symbolize and contribute to my community and my ethnicity.”

Saw Nay will study a Bachelor of International Relations and Development at Rangsit University in Bangkok on a fully funded scholarship. His career goal is to become an ambassador and develop Myanmar’s foreign affairs policies and practices as the country moves toward a democratic and internationally engaged state.

Please help us to continue to support students like Saw Nay to achieve their educational goals! Please donate online via GlobalGiving: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/university-scholarships-for-students-from-burma/

 

Best regards,

Katie Hodges

Program Manager, Scholarships and Student Support

May 13 2014

Continuing Support for Burmese Students Abroad

Katie Hodges

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 65,326 since the 1st September 2010 so we are well on our way to our target of US$ 99,000!

After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of approximately US$ 62,455 in disbursements from GlobalGiving for the University Scholarships for Students from Burma project (funds are received over time in Thai Baht at different exchange rates, so USD figures can only be approximately calculated).

By the 6th January 2014, we had disbursed approximately US$ 60,959 to scholarship awards.

 

Selection and awards 

Since the last report on 6th January, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made two further awards totalling approximately US$ 1,485.

The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 51 awards enabling 40 students from marginalised communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

The recipients of these awards comprise 20 women and 20 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 24, representing nine ethnic groups, studying 30 different majors at 17 different universities in 5 countries across Asia).

The award recipients were as follows:

Recipient 1:

Name: Naing Lin

Age: 23

Sex: Male

Ethnicity: Shan

Subject Studied: Social Science

University: Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Award Amount: US$ 750

Award Type: Partial scholarship

 

Recipient 2:

Name: Yamin

Age: 23

Sex: Female

Ethnicity: Burman

Subject Studied: Social Science

University: Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Award Amount: US$ 735

Award Type: Partial scholarship

 

N.B. Names of award recipients have been changed to protect their identities.

 

Future Plans

The Arohana Scohlarship Fund remains committed to helping key community actors gain access to appropriate higher education to optimize their positive impact in Burma in key sectors including health care, education, community development, rights and media. The Arohana Scholarship Fund is currently waiting for further funds to be received from GlobalGiving before the Selection Committee meets to decide on further scholarship awards.

 

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

 

With our best wishes,

 

Katie Hodges

Program Manager, Scholarships and Student Support

Thabyay Education Network

Email: katieh@thabyay.org

Websites: www.thabyay.org

                 www.arohanascholarships.org

 

Jan 09 2014

Continued Support for Current Scholars

Katie Hodges

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 65,296 since the 1st September 2010 so we are well on our way to our target of US$ 99,000!

After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of approximately US$ 60,959 in disbursements from GlobalGiving for the University Scholarships for Students from Burma project (funds are received over time in Thai Baht at different exchange rates, so USD figures can only be approximately calculated).

By the 8th September 2013, we had disbursed approximately US$ 60,658 to scholarship awards.

Selection and awards

Since the last report on 8th September, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made one further award totalling approximately US$ 301.

Please find the report and details attached.

Oct 07 2013

2 University Scholarships for Students from Burma

Min Thein Win

Overview

 We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships For Students From Burma’ project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 64,587 since the 1st September 2010 so we are well on our way to our target of US$ 99,000!

 After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of approximately US$ 60,658 in disbursements from GlobalGiving for the University Scholarships For Students From Burma project (funds are received over time in Thai Baht at different exchange rates, so USD figures can only be approximately calculated).

 By the 9thJune 2013, we had disbursed approximately US$ 50,881 to scholarship awards.

 Selection and awards

 Since the last report on 9thJune, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made one further award totalling approximately US$ 9,777.

 The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 48 awards enabling 40 students from marginalised communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

 The recipients of these awards comprise 20 women and 20 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 28, representing nine ethnic groups, studying 30 different majors at 17 different universities in 5 countries across Asia.

Award Recipient Profiles

 Name:                                                 Kaythi

Age:                                                     27

Ethnicity:                                             Burmese

Subject of Study:                                 Social Science

Level of Study:                                     Bachelor’s

Institution of Study:                             Chiang Mai University 

Award amount:                                   US$ 5031

 Brief overview of candidate

 Kaythi was born in a small village, Magway division.  She grew up with a poor farmer family, and always struggled for a better education. However, her parents sent all of their children to school even though they had experienced economic hardship. She got a chance to study at Minmahaw Education Foundation in Mae Sot, like many other migrant students, from 2007 to 2010 and passed General Education Development (GED) exam. She further polished her English, academic and community skills at Kant Kaw Education Centre for one year before she won a scholarship to study at Chiang Mai University.

Kaythi was a really active student. After completing the GED in Mae Sot, she came back to Myanmar and had a chance to work in Nargies delta area. She went there as a Helpage International member by doing monitoring and evaluation in six villages about revolving funds projects. With those experiences, she became aware of the needs in community, which drove her desire to become a community worker for the future of Myanmar. She applied for a scholarship in 2011 and successfully won the award. Now Kaythi is studying her Bachelor’s degree majoring Social Science at Chiang Mai University (CMU) on order to develop her skills in community development so she can achieve her career goals.

In her own words:

My desire is getting wide range of knowledge in the field of geography and environment conservations, politics and international studies, and sociology to understand every sector of our nation’s problems. I am eagerly to learn our country’s problems by analyzing from many different social aspects. I have faith that studying in CMU can change my life and my society by understanding how the societies organize and change from different perspectives.

Name:                                                 Yamin

Age:                                                     23

Ethnicity:                                             Burmese

Subject of Study:                                 Social Science

Level of Study:                                     Bachelor’s

Institution of Study:                             Chiang Mai University 

Award amount:                                   US$ 4746

 

Brief overview of candidate

 Both of Yamin’s parents are politicians. They were very limited in doing business and were always inspected under the military government. But they could raise their only daughter well. They sent her to Mae Sot in 2007 for further education after she passed her high school final exam. She worked as an intern at MOJO (Burmese independence news agency) for 6 months and got a chance to study at Minmahaw Education Foundation based in Mae Sot for one year GED training. However, when her mother tried to return to Burma after visiting Yamin in Mae Sot, Thailand, she was caught by the military government and sentenced to 24 years in jail.

Both Yamin and her father became exiles, but she did not give up on her education goal even though she had faced many difficulties. She moved to Chiang Mai for a further study opportunity in 2009. She was able to enroll in her first year at Chiang Mai University, majoring in social science, by her father’s support and by her own part time job income. This support would not have been enough to enable Yamin to continue in her studies for a second year, so she applied for a scholarship in order to finance her continued Bachelor’s studies. Now, she has won a scholarship and will continue studying at Chiang Mai University to complete her degree.

In her own words:

I decided to walk on my academic path properly first and I promised myself that I will be back as a better and more academic person to my country and also as a responsible citizen. I also more than thankful that I have to experience a beautiful memory to put me into right journey to my dreams.

Future Plans

 The Arohana Scholarship Fund (ASF) is expecting further funds to be disbursed in late November by GlobalGiving, at which point further scholarship awards will be made.

 

Closing Statement

 We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

 We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

 If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

 With our best wishes,

 Min Thein Win

Program Manager, Scholarships and Student Support

Thabyay Education Network

Email: mintheinwin@thabyay.org

Websites:        www.thabyay.org

                        www.arohanascholarships.org

 

Jun 10 2013

One student supported to access higher eduation

Katie Hodges

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships For Students From Burma’ project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 54,810 since the 1st September 2010 so we are now more than half way to our target of US$ 99,000! 

After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of approximately US$ 50,881 in disbursements from GlobalGiving for the University Scholarships For Students From Burma project (funds are received over time in Thai Baht at different exchange rates, so USD figures can only be approximately calculated).

By the 4th March 2013, we had disbursed approximately US$ 50,069 to scholarship awards.

 

Selection and awards 

Since the last report on 4th March, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made one further award totalling approximately US$ 812.

The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 46 awards enabling 39 students from marginalised communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

The recipients of these awards comprise 19 women and 20 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 26), representing nine ethnic groups, studying 30 different majors at 17 different universities in five countries across Asia.

N.B. Names of award recipients have been changed to protect their identities.

 

Award Recipient Profiles

Name: Nway Nway Lin

Age: 20

Ethnicity: Mixed

Subject of Study: Journalism

Level of Study: Bachelor’s

Institution of Study: Hong Kong University  

Award amount: US$ 812

 

Brief overview of candidate

Nway Nway Lin faced many difficulties as a young student aiming to finish high school and obtain high marks to allow her to go to university. With her family’s land taken, and opportunities for employment limited due to the military occupation of her home town, Nway Nway Lin did not have the resources to attend a boarding house at a better school in the city like many other students from her town. Nevertheless, Nway Nway Lin attended the local school and became one of the best students in her class through studying hard. She finished her high school exam with high scores and relocated to the Thai-Burma border for a better opportunity for further education.

After attending a post-10 school for a further two years, she was one of hundreds who sat the annul entrance exam to be admitted to an international GED program, one of the few internationally recognised education programs available along the Thai-Burma border.  The one-year of intensive study in US-standard grade 12 studies helped to prepare Nway Nway Lin for international university studies and helped her to recognise her passion for writing and journalism.  In the final exam, Nway Nway Lin scored in the highest percentile rank for Language Arts – Reading, a remarkable achievement.

Having been admitted on a full tuition scholarship to The University of Hong Kong to study a Bachelor of Journalism, Nway Nway Lin required a small amount of funding to travel to Yangon to obtain a passport and undertake an official English language test, as required by the university. This funding has allowed her to obtain all the necessary documents to accept her offer from The University of Hong Kong, where she will begin studying in September.

In her own words:

“I believe that a media of an international standard should be fair and free of bias. If I become a journalist, I will find out the true stories of these conflicts and reveal to the world and deliver justice to the innocent people. I will use the media freedoms that have been granted recently to write stories that are free of bias and stand on the right side. To be able to do so, I need researching, analysing, and reporting skills. By studying in Hong Kong, I believe I will develop the knowledge I need to work on my plan to stand for the equality.”

 

Future Plans

The Arohana Scholarship Fund (ASF) is expecting further funds to be disbursed in late July by GlobalGiving, at which point further scholarship awards will be made.

 

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

With our best wishes,

 

Katie Hodges

Program Manager, Scholarships and Student Support

Thabyay Education Network

Email: katieh@thabyay.org

Websites: www.thabyay.org

                www.arohanascholarships.org

 

Mar 12 2013

Two more scholarships for students from Burma

Katie Hodges

BONUS DAY - Wednesday 13th March!

Tomorrow, Wednesday 13th March 2013, is BONUS DAY at GlobalGiving. GlobalGiving will match donations made through GlobalGiving.org up to $1,000 per donor at 30%. There is $50,000 available in matching and they are offering a $1,000 bonus award for the most individual donors and another for the most money raised. Matching begins at 9 am EST and lasts until funds run out or 11:59 pm. So, a great day to support university scholarships for students from Burma - http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/university-scholarships-for-students-from-burma

Overview

A big thank you to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships For Students From Burma’ project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 54,620 since the 1st September 2010 so we are now more than half way to our target of US$ 99,000!

After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of approximately US$ 50,069 in disbursements from GlobalGiving for the University Scholarships For Students From Burma project (funds are received over time in Thai Baht at different exchange rates, so USD figures can only be approximately calculated). By the 12th March 2013, we had disbursed approximately US$ 50,069 to scholarship awards.

Selection and Awards

Since the last report on 4th December, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made two further awards totalling approximately US$ 3,692.

The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 45 awards enabling 38 students from marginalised communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

The recipients of these awards comprise 18 women and 21 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 27), representing nine ethnic groups, studying 28 different majors at 17 different universities in five countries across Asia.

Award Recipient Profiles

Name: Naw Purity

Age: 24

Ethnicity: Karen

Subject of Study: English Language Teaching

Level of Study: Master’s

Institution of Study: Assumption University, Thailand

Award amount: US$ 2,825

Brief overview of candidate

In the village where Naw Purity grew up, it was difficult to pursue education. The war between the Burmese Army and the Karen groups had forced families to move around frequently, and many schools to close. Naw Purity’s parents, who themselves had not attended school in their youth because of the conflict, were determined to see their daughter pursue a brighter future. So, she studied in the monastery of the village, and then moved to live with her grandmother in the town of Hpa-An to obtain higher education. During her time in Hpa-An, first completing high school and then a Bachelor’s degree in English, Naw Purity was financially supported by her grandmother and uncle as her parents were unable to contribute. Early in 2011, she also completed a Master’s degree in English from Mawlamyine University. During her studies, she volunteered as an English teacher as well as participating in early child care and development programs.

 In 2011, Naw Purity passed the entrance exam to allow her to study at Assumption University in Thailand. Again, her uncle and relatives supported her financially to take up this opportunity. Unfortunately, Naw Purity’s uncle suffered from cancer and has since passed away, and her brother is now also financially supporting his wife to study a Master’s degree so Naw Purity was facing a very difficult financial situation in order to graduate from her program. This grant has allowed her to study in her final semester. Following graduation she would like to return to Karen State to share her knowledge and education with her home community.

In her own words:

“I hope the good education can also change the mind-set of our poor people. I believe that I can help them more effectively if I study MA (ELT) in Assumption University.  By learning this, I can develop the community; help poor children and vulnerable separated children to have opportunity to study and improve their moral, behavior and lifestyle.  I will be able to set up effective learning centre with modern technique and tools in those areas.  Not only that, I can also train other teachers and share them my knowledge and technique in teaching.  It is important to keep education alive in my country and to promote education for new generation.

I hope that I can accomplish my educational goal in order to improve the education systems in Myanmar. I will do my best to become a qualified teacher and I will serve for the benefits of the community and the country in Myanmar.”

Name: Mi Zar Zar

Age: 28

Ethnicity: Mon

Subject of Study: Health Economics

Level of Study: Master’s

Institution of Study: Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Award amount: US$ 867

Brief overview of candidate

Mi Zar Zar grew up in Mon state, and lived in a small village with her family as the youngest of seven siblings. When she was six years old, a Mon armed group based themselves in her village. Conflict between the armed group and the regime led to arrests being made. Her father was arrested and imprisoned for three years, and the armed group could no longer enter the village. This was a very hard time for the family and especially for her mother.

However, Mi Zar Zar worked hard at her education and graduated from high school with a distinction, after which she attended Nazeem University to study nursing and graduated to work as a nurse in private clinics in the cities for three years.

After working for some years, Mi Zar Zar decided to pursue the course that she believes will be of most value to her country. Understanding that Burma is now going through a transformative period, Mi Zar Zar sees that there are opportunities to positively affect healthcare policy. By studying Health and Economics, and gaining a greater understanding of how these two sectors work together in other countries, Mi Zar Zar wants to improve the future of Burmese healthcare, ensuring that disadvantaged people have access to good health care.

The top-up grant issued is to fund Mi Zar Zar to return to Myanmar to conduct primary data research for her thesis, and to extend her studies for one semester to complete her thesis.

In her own words:

“I have decided however that it is time to get back to my original path, and further my health education, as I have been interested in contributing to Burma’s healthcare ever since I worked as a nurse. Much of what I witnessed taught me that Burma’s healthcare system is in dire need of development. I was particularly moved by the many cases I saw involving women with serious health issues resulting from illegal abortions. Women are not given the information and knowledge which would allow them to take care of their own bodies, and this can change their lives irrevocably, either through serious health problems or the burden of an unwanted child. This is just one example of the many ways in which there is a real need for information in Burma, and for a reform of the healthcare system. I felt inspired and motivated to work towards the development of these services, and the improvement of healthcare, for people in Burma and in particular in the Mon community.”

Future Plans

The Arohana Scholarship Fund (ASF) is expecting further funds to be disbursed in late April by GlobalGiving, at which point further scholarship awards will be made.

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

With our best wishes,

Katie Hodges
Program Manager, Scholarships and Student Support
Thabyay Education Network
Dec 04 2012

2 University Scholarships for Students from Burma

Katie Hodges

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships For Students From Burma’ project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 52,136 since the 1st September 2010 so we are now more than half way to our target of US$ 99,000!

After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of approximately US$ 46,377 in disbursements from GlobalGiving for the University Scholarships For Students From Burma project (funds are received over time in Thai Baht at different exchange rates, so USD figures can only be approximately calculated).

By the 3rd September 2012, we had disbursed approximately US$ 39,954 to scholarship awards.

Selection and awards

Since the last report on 3rd September, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made two further awards totaling approximately US$ 6,423.

The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 43 awards enabling 36 students from marginalized communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

The recipients of these awards comprise 16 women and 20 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 27), representing nine ethnic groups, studying 27 different majors at 15 different universities in five countries across Asia.

Below you will find information about each recipient and the details of their scholarship award.


Name: Htet Htet Zin

Sex: Female

Age: 25

Ethnicity: Kachin

Subject: English Language Teaching

University:  Hong Kong Baptist University

Level: Master’s

Award Type: Partial scholarship

Award Amount (US$): 6,123

Profile

In 2009, Htet Htet Zin graduated with a GPA of 3.59 from a respected Bachelor program in Yangon. While attending this program full time, Htet Htet Zin also completed a Bachelor of Arts in English from an Upper Burma university, via distance education. Upon graduation, Htet Htet Zin was invited to work as a Lecturer inthe English department of her university, a role which she held forover 3 years, while also working as a Teaching Assistant at an international school in Yangon and offering her service as a private tutor on the weekends to fund her education and living expenses.

During her study break, Htet Htet Zin also returned to Kachin State to volunteer as a teacher of English grammar and Kachin language to high school students. Following her passion for language education, Htet Htet Zin and a group of friends started an organisation to provide free English language training for young people in underserved areas. The organisation attracts many volunteers, however the group recognized the lack of professional language teachers to train the volunteers so Htet Htet Zin applied to further her education internationally at Hong Kong Baptist University, which quickly identified her outstanding ability and accepted her on a full tuition scholarship to the 1 year Master’s program. Two international donors came forward through GlobalGiving to finance the remainder of Htet Htet Zin’s living and travel expenses to allow her to take up her scholarship at HKBU.

In her own words:
“For me, education is nourishing our human capital and it includes any process by which a person of any age grows in knowledge, awareness and live skills. Now Myanmar needs an education system which will train people to improve their skills not merely about how to exploit one another but to develop our country as a whole. As our country is rebuilding as a democratic nation, citizens have to be professionals in their individual fields. I still also need to improve myself to become a professional in teaching field.”

Name: Aye Pwint

Sex: Female

Age: 28

Ethnicity: Burman

Subject: Social Science

University: Asian University for Women, Bangladesh

Level: Bachelor’s

Award Type: Top-up

Award Amount (US$): 300

Profile

Born into a politically active family in central Myanmar, Aye Pwint was intrigued by her country’s complicated politics from a young age. Following her father’s imprisonment, Aye Pwint dreamed of becoming a judge, believing that she would be able to bring justice and law to an unjust system. In pursuit of this dream, Aye Pwint left Burma in 2009 to obtain further education on the Thailand-Myanmar border, where she was able to gain experience with community development organizations working with Myanmar populations. Learning of others’ experiences and hardships on the border, Aye Pwint decided to change her plans and work to support communities in Myanmar through educational and social change projects.

In 2010, Aye Pwint won a tuition scholarship to study a Bachelor’s degree at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh. In order to help her adapt to the new environment, Aye Pwint began organizing events to encourage the students from different countries to engage with each other from her first year of study, arranging weekly film nights at the university and volunteering to teach the cleaning staff basic English language skills.
Now in her 3rd year, this small grant is to allow Aye Pwint to continue in her studies for the semester.

In her own words:
“I would like to work to improve Burma in the future. I feel that education is the essential element which is urgently needed for the nation. First of all, I have to educate myself as otherwise I won’t be able to give the suitable paths for the next generation. I strongly believe that I can help in many alternative directions for my country’s educational and social improvement.”

Future Plans

Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund (ASF) is expecting further funds to be disbursed soon by GlobalGiving, at which point further scholarship awards will be made.

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

With our best wishes,

Katie Hodges

Program Manager, Scholarships and Student Support
Thabyay Education Network

Sep 05 2012

Scholarships for Social Change in Burma

Quentin Hewitt

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships For Students From Burma’ project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 49,912 since the 1st September 2010 so we are now more than half way to our target of US$ 99,000!

After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of approximately US$ 40,320 in disbursements from GlobalGiving for the University Scholarships For Students From Burma project (funds are received over time in Thai Baht at different exchange rates, so USD figures can only be approximately calculated).

By the 17th April 2012, we had disbursed approximately US$ 36,854 to scholarship awards.

Selection and awards

Since the last report on 17th April, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made four further awards totaling approximately US$ 3,100.

The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 41 awards enabling 35 students from marginalized communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia. The recipients of these awards comprise 15 women and 20 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 27), representing nine ethnic groups, studying 27 different majors at 15 different universities in five countries across Asia.

Our latest report, attached below, provides detailed information about the new awards made.

Award Recipients

Recipient 1:

Name: Khin Myat Mon
Age: 21
Ethnicity: Rakhine
Subject Studied: Economics and Finance
University: Hong Kong University
Award Amount: US$ 600

Recipient 2:

Name: Kyaw Min San
Age: 22
Ethnicity: Burman
Subject Studied: Electronic and Communications Engineering
University: Hong Kong University
Award Amount: US$ 700

Recipient 3:

Name: Win Aung
Age: 22
Ethnicity: Kachin
Subject Studied: Government and Law
University: Hong Kong University
Award Amount: US$ 1000

Recipient 4:

Name: Soe Min Tun
Age: 23
Ethnicity: Kachin
Subject Studied: English
University: Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Award Amount: US$ 800

Future Plans

The Arohana Scholarship Fund (ASF) is expecting further funds to be disbursed in late September by GlobalGiving, at which point further scholarship awards will be made.

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you. If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

With our best wishes,

Quentin Hewitt
Development Director
Thabyay Education Network
www.thabyay.org
www.arohanascholarships.org

Websites: www.thabyay.org

www.arohanascholarships.org

 

Jun 04 2012

Postcard: Project Site Visit

Jacqueline Lee

Jacqueline Lee is an InTheField Traveler with GlobalGiving who is visiting our partners’ projects throughout Southeast Asia. Her “Postcard” from the visit in Thailand:

On May 8, 2012, I met with TENs staff, learned about its programs, and joined two scholarship recipients in a tour of their university in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Walking in to the main office, I saw stacks and stacks of papers all organized and with little colored post-its on each. “These are some of the applications for scholarships this year,” Quentin Hewitt, TEN’s Development Director, explained. I was extremely impressed with the care and detail that went into the application processes, records kept, and all around running of the organization – the futures of these potential scholars lie in their hands.

After visiting the office and learning about TEN’s projects, I was off to meet two Burmese scholarship recipients who now attend Chiang Mai University. Kaythi and Naing Lin (names changed for security reasons) are both enrolled in CMU’s new Social Science program which includes courses on environment, sociology, statistics, and economics.  What did they like about their program? The fact that CMU offers a great social science curriculum, unavailable in Burma, challenges the way they think, and generates learning through class discussion. Such experiences are virtually unknown in universities in Burma where analytical thinking is discouraged and an overriding emphasis is placed on rote learning outdated and often irrelevant texts.

Kaythi previously worked as a volunteer with an international organization working with the elderly in Burma. Naing Lin was a teacher and a volunteer. Why did they volunteer? Because they “want to help people and want to be life trainers”, said Kaythi.  Education is extremely important and they wanted to spread awareness about it - “we are the pioneers”, Naing Lin said.  Although she had a good job, Kaythi decided to apply for a scholarship because she felt that she could work more effectively if she was better educated . Her parents are small-scale farmers who had no opportunity to attend formal education. Although they need the help of every family member to obtain enough food from their land, her parents encouraged her to take this opportunity. “Don’t come back to the fields. Continue to study,” they said.  Naing Lin explained that learning English is “a great tool to attain knowledge and then share it.” He wanted to promote awareness about education to his Shan community – “if I don’t have anything to share with them, what’s the purpose of learning?”

Afterwards, we all went to the Chiang Mai University campus to meet the scholars’ Director and Coordinator of the Social Science program, accompanied by TEN’s Development Officer, Tom. The Director explained that the goal of the program was to prepare the students in multidisciplinary studies, but a big challenge was the certification of Burma’s education systems – which often is not internationally recognized. Through the international school at Chiang Mai University, the Director stressed the importance of extracurricular activities to promote integration among the students from Burma. Kaythi and Naing Lin both spoke passionately about their university life and the difference it will make in their future endeavors. 

To read more about my experience go to: JacquelineInTheFieldBlog.

Jun 03 2012

Postcard: Project Site Visit

Jacqueline Lee

Imagine living in a country where it was virtually impossible to access high quality, affordable education. Imagine that 30-50% of the population of this country lived in extreme poverty, and that education was a key factor in bringing desperately needed development to marginalized communities. This is the situation in Burma today.

Thabyay Education Network (TEN) works to solve this issue by providing access to higher education and professional development opportunities to people from marginalized communities who can make a difference. On May 8, 2012, I met with TEN’s staff, and learned about its programs. The staff I met all took time to show me the process, explain to me all of the background and steps, shared why they joined TEN, and the challenges they have faced along the way.

Michael, who runs TEN’s ‘low cost, high impact’ self-study university preparation program, explained to me how this program helps community development workers in Burma access international university education. “These individuals want to improve their skills so they can increase the impact of their work, but access to decent education is a major obstacle. They lack the necessary qualifications, such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), to be eligible for international universities outside Burma. However, to get these qualifications, they usually have to attend expensive private classes, which they cannot afford.” Michael continues, “When they enroll with us they get full support to self-study in their own time so that they can obtain the university qualifications they need." 

 “This program is just one piece of the jigsaw of services that we provide”, explained the Development Director, Quentin Hewitt. “Many of the individuals who successfully gain the necessary university entrance qualifications with us go on to receive a university scholarship administered by us. We also support the development of communities in Burma through providing curriculum development and teacher training, organizing professional internships for community workers, running schools and placing skilled volunteers with community-based organizations. Through our efforts, we would like to create a generation of motivated individuals with the knowledge, skills and networks to make a profound and positive impact on their country.”

After, I was able to meet two scholarship recipients of TEN. To learn more visit JacquelineInTheFieldBlog.

 

Apr 20 2012

Four Scholarships For Students From Burma (Myanmar)

Quentin Hewitt

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships For Students From Burma’ project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 39,837 since the 1st September 2010.

After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of approximately US$ 36,922 in disbursements from GlobalGiving (funds are received over time in Thai Baht at different exchange rates, so USD figres can only be approximately calculated).

By the 3rd January 2012, we had disbursed approximately US$ 34,854 to scholarship awards, leaving a remainder of approximately US$ 2,068.

Selection and awards

Since the last report on 3rd January 2012, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made four further awards totalling US$ 2,000. Please see the attached report document for full profiles of each scholarship recipient.

The award recipients were as follows:

Recipient 1:

Name: Aung Khine
Age: 22
Sex: Male
Ethnicity: Rakhine
Subject Studied: International Studies
University: Mahidol University, Thailand
Award Amount: US$ 600
Award Type: Partial scholarship

Recipient 2:

Name: Kaythi
Age: 26
Sex: Female
Ethnicity: Burman
Subject Studied: Social Science
University: Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Award Amount: US$ 400
Award Type: Partial scholarship

Recipient 3:

Name: Naing Lin
Age: 22
Sex: Male
Ethnicity: Shan
Subject Studied: Social Science
University: Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Award Amount: US$ 400
Award Type: Partial scholarship

Recipient 4:

Name: Theingi Aye
Age: 31
Sex: Female
Ethnicity: Kachin
Subject Studied: Government and International Studies
University: Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
Award Amount: US$ 600
Award Type: Partial scholarship

The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 37 awards enabling 32 students from marginalized communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

The recipients of these awards comprise 14 women and 18 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 27), representing nine ethnic groups, studying 22 different majors at 14 different universities in five countries across Asia.

Future Plans

The significant and positive changes that have occured in Burma in the last 12 months represent an unprecendented opportunity for communities and civil society throughout the country. While change is nascent and unpredictable, it has undeniably created increased space for community organizations to consolidate and push forward with reconciliation and development, and build a better future. The Arohana Scohlarship Fund remains committed to helping key community actors gain access to appropriate higher education to optimize their positive impact in Burma in key secotrs including health care, education, community development, rights and media.

The Arohana Scholarship Fund is currently waiting for further funds to be received from GlobalGiving before the Selection Committee meets to decide on further scholarship awards.

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by fundraising, making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, frequently express to us their gratitude for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

With our best wishes,

Quentin Hewitt
Development Director
Thabyay Education Network
www.thabyay.org
www.arohanascholarships.org
Jan 12 2012

University Scholarships for 6 Students From Burma

Quentin Hewitt

Introduction

Imagine walking ten miles across mountain ranges each day just to get to school. Imagine living in a community where more than three quarters of the population live hand-to-mouth, hardly able to feed themselves. Imagine spending your time digging trenches as a child, for you and your family to shelter in when a firefight breaks out. These are some of the experiences of the students who have received university scholarship awards through this project. However, sadly their experiences are not exceptional, but common in Burma, a country that has long been in the grip of social, political and economic crises. Despite such hardships, these individuals are linked by a common thread - hope and determination to make their country a better place. To succeed, they need skills which the education system in Burma cannot currently provide. However, thanks to people like you, they have opportunities to study at universities across Asia, and to return equipped to to make lasting contributions to positive change.

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships For Students From Burma’ project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 38,970 since the 1st September 2010. After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of US$ 33,502 in disbursements from GlobalGiving. By October 2011, we had disbursed US$ 31,169 to scholarship awards, leaving a remainder of approximately US$ 2,333.

Selection and awards

Since the last report on July 4th, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made six further awards totalling US$ 2,330.

The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 33 awards enabling 31 students from marginalized communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

The recipients of these awards comprise 13 women and 18 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 27), representing nine ethnic groups, studying 22 different majors at 14 different universities in five countries across Asia.

The attached report profiles detailed profiles of each scholarship award recipient.

Future Plans

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we raised over US$3,000 during our Christmas campaign on GlobalGiving. On receipt of these funds, the Selection Committee will meet to agree on the next round of scholarships awards.

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

With our best wishes,

Quentin Hewitt
Development Director
Thabyay Education Network
Jan 03 2012

University Scholarships for 6 Students From Burma

Quentin Hewitt

Introduction

Imagine walking ten miles across mountain ranges each day just to get to school. Imagine living in a community where more than three quarters of the population live hand-to-mouth, hardly able to feed themselves. Imagine spending your time digging trenches as a child, for you and your family to shelter in when a firefight breaks out. These are some of the experiences of the students who have received university scholarship awards through this project. However, sadly their experiences are not exceptional, but common in Burma, a country that has long been in the grip of social, political and economic crises. Despite such hardships, these individuals are linked by a common thread - hope and determination to make their country a better place. To succeed, they need skills which the education system in Burma cannot currently provide. However, thanks to people like you, they have opportunities to study at universities across Asia, and to return equipped to to make lasting contributions to positive change.

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our gratitude to all of you who have donated to our ‘University Scholarships For Students From Burma’ project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 38,970 since the 1st September 2010. After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees, we have now received a total of US$ 33,502 in disbursements from GlobalGiving. By October 2011, we had disbursed US$ 31,169 to scholarship awards, leaving a remainder of approximately US$ 2,333.

Selection and awards

Since the last report on July 4th, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made four further awards totalling US$ 2,330.

The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 33 awards enabling 31 students from marginalized communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

The recipients of these awards comprise 13 women and 18 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 27), representing nine ethnic groups, studying 22 different majors at 14 different universities in five countries across Asia.

The attached report profiles detailed profiles of each scholarship award recipient.

Future Plans

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we raised over US$3,000 during our Christmas campaign on GlobalGiving. On receipt of these funds, the Selection Committee will meet to agree on the next round of scholarships awards.

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

With our best wishes,

Quentin Hewitt
Development Director
Thabyay Education Network
Sep 28 2011

4 University Scholarships for Students from Burma

Quentin Hewitt

“I want to let the rain of freedom fall all over my country. I believe in the power of education, and the power of people, to achieve this.”

Shwe Zin, 22, Scholarship Award Recipient

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network’s Arohana Scholarship Fund would like to extend our deep gratitude to everyone (194 people so far) who has donated to our project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$ 35,223 since the 1st September 2010.

After the deduction of GlobalGiving administrative fees and intermediary bank charges, we have now received a total of US$ 32,524 in disbursements from GlobalGiving.

By July 2011, we had disbursed US$ 29,568 to scholarship awards, leaving a remainder of US$ 2,956. However, one of our scholarship recipients received a scholarship donation from another private source, meaning that he was able to pay back US$ 1,596 of his original grant of US$ 2,000 to the Arohana Scholarship Fund. This meant that the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee had US$ 4,552 to allocate to new scholarship awards from 4th July 2011 (US$ 2,956 + US$ 1,596).

Selection and awards

Since the last report on July 4th, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made four further awards totalling US$ 4,552.

The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore supported 28 awards enabling 25 students from marginalized communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

The recipients of these awards comprise 13 women and 12 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 27), representing nine ethnic groups, studying 19 different majors at 12 different universities in five countries across Asia.

Full details of award recipients are provided in the attached report.

Future Plans

Currently, the Arohana Scholarship Fund (ASF) has disbursed all funds so far received from GlobalGiving. On receipt of a new tranche of funds, the ASF Committee will meet to decide on further awards.

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma. We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$ 10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future. The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

With our best wishes,

Quentin Hewitt
Development Director
Thabyay Education Network

 

 

Jul 05 2011

University Scholarships For 2 Students From Burma

Quentin Hewitt

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network would like to extend our deep gratitude to everyone (190 people so far) who has donated to our project on GlobalGiving. So far, we have raised a total of US$35,143 since the 1st September 2010, which is a fantastic result. We were particularly heartened by the support we received on the GlobalGiving Bonus Day on the 16th March 2011, when just under US$3,800 was donated, which was supplemented by almost US$800 in Matching Funds from GlobalGiving.

In our previous report, dated 7th March 2011, we allocated US$5,268 in scholarship awards to 6 individuals, leaving US$82 remaining from funds received by that date. Since then, we have received a further US$5,157 in two installments from GlobalGiving in May and June. Therefore, the funds available for disbursement total US$5,239.

Selection and awards

Since March, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made two further awards totaling US$2,250. The first award is for a Physiotherapy student to study for a Master's in Rehabilitation Science in the Philippines. Physiotherapy is a little supported profession in Burma, despite widespread needs particularly among the disabled. Therefore, supporting the development of expertise in this field can have significant impacts.

The second award is to support a student to study Education Management in the Philippines. As the education system in Burma is in such a parlous state, individuals such as these are vital to lead the incremental improvements in this sector which will lay the foundations for a better future.

Full details of each award recipient are provided in the attached report.

The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore enabled 21 students from marginalized communities across Burma to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

The recipients of these awards comprise 11 women and 10 men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 30), representing nine ethnic groups, studying 18 different majors at 11 different universities in five countries across Asia.

Future Plans

As of 4th July 2011, remaining funds from the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project total US$2,989. The Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee will meet again to decide on the next round of awards.

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma.

We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$10 can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future.

The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

With our best wishes,

Quentin Hewitt
Development Director
Thabyay Education Network
Mar 08 2011

University Scholarships for 6 Students from Burma

Quentin Hewitt

Overview

We at Thabyay Education Network would like to extend our deep gratitude to everyone (172 of you) who has helped us to raise US$29,929 for the University Scholarships for Students from Burma project since the 1st September 2010. Thanks to your generosity, 19 change makers from Burma have been able to start, or continue, their university education in Asia.

In our previous report, dated 3rd December 2010, we allocated US$22,051 in scholarship awards to 15 individuals, leaving US$10 remaining from funds received by that date. Since then, we have received a further US$5,340. Therefore, the funds available for disbursement since 3rd December 2010 total US$5,350.

Selection and awards

The Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee has made six further awards totaling US$5,268. Four of these awards were to new applicants, while two applicants who had previously applied for top-up grants received a second grant to cover their needs.

The total funds now raised by the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project have therefore enabled 19 Burmese students to start or continue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD studies at universities across Asia.

The recipients of these 19 awards comprise 11 women and eight men, ranging in age from 19 to 51 (average age of approximately 31), representing nine ethnic groups, studying 16 different majors at 10 different universities in five countries across Asia.

For detailed information on the new awards, and profiles of each award recipient, please read the attached report document.

Future Plans

As of 7th March 2011, remaining funds from the ‘University Scholarships for Students from Burma’ project total approximately US$82. On receipt of the next tranche of funds from GlobalGiving, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee will meet again to decide on the next round of awards.

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma.

We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$10 through GlobalGiving can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this report will inspire you to continue to support us in the future.

The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.

If you have any questions about this report, or about our work, please do get in touch.

Dec 06 2010

University Scholarships for 15 Students from Burma

Quentin Hewitt

Introduction

“I feel so lucky and blessed to be given the opportunity to study, among the millions of young people in Burma who hunger for education. I will use this education to serve and develop my community and country.” Su Su Hlaing, Scholarship Award Recipient

To begin with, we at Thabyay Education Network would like to extend our deep gratitude to everyone (136 of you) who helped us to raise US$23,457 for the Arohana Scholarship Fund during GlobalGiving’s Global Open Challenge between the 1st and 30th September 2010. At the outset of the Open Challenge we never imagined that we would receive such generous support.

We received a total of US$22,061.85 from GlobalGiving in early November, after the deduction approximately US$1,396 in GlobalGiving fees. This represents only 6% of the total funds raised during the Open Challenge period, considerably less than GlobalGiving’s standard 15% fee. This was due to the fact that the project received a US$1,000 bonus for coming third in the Open Challenge, and we also received many donations during the ‘Fee Waiver’ day in the middle of the Challenge.

Selection and Awards

Further to receipt of these funds, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee met in early November to select the students that would receive awards, and confirm the award amounts. A total of US$22,051 in awards has now been disbursed.

We are delighted to announce that these funds have enabled 15 Burmese students to start or continue their Bachelor’s or Master’s studies at universities across Asia. In many cases, these funds provided students with vital top-up funds to their existing scholarships, without which they would be forced to drop out of university. In one case, a full scholarship was awarded to a student to begin a course of study.

The recipients of these 15 awards comprise nine women and six men, ranging in age from 19 to 51, representing nine ethnic groups, studying 14 different majors at nine different universities in four countries across Asia. Award amounts ranged from US$155 to US$7,000.

Details of the awards, and profiles of each student, are provided in the attached project document.

Future Plans

As of the 1st December 2010, the ‘University Scholarships for Students From Burma’ project has raised US$29,127 on GlobalGiving. On receipt of the next tranche of funds, the Arohana Scholarship Fund Committee will meet again in December to decide on the next round of awards. The remaining US$10 from the first disbursement of funds will be combined with new funds received.

Closing Statement

We hope that this report shows clearly the potential of these scholarship recipients to become catalysts for incremental social change in Burma, and that you can appreciate the direct link between quality higher education and grassroots development in communities in Burma.

We also hope that it demonstrates that even the smallest contribution of US$10 through GlobalGiving can make a difference in terms of keeping a Burmese scholarship student in university education. Many of the awards made through this tranche of funds were small, as little as US$155. However, this means the difference between a student continuing to study and completing their degree, or having to drop out altogether.

We would like to reiterate our gratitude to all of you who have helped raise funds for this project by making donations and spreading the word. We hope that this inspires you to continue to support us in the future.

The beneficiaries of these awards, the students, have individually expressed their gratitude to us for the support they have received. We would like to pass on their thanks to you.