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Borana Student Advancement

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Championed by Fuller Torrey (Ethiopia staff: 64–66)





Since 2004, the Ethiopian registered charity Mega Vision Developmental Association (MVDA) has supported students from the Borana region in far southern Ethiopia, using donations to the RPCV Legacy Program project the Borana Student Advancement Project.

Students in the Borana region are disadvantaged because of the region’s location in the remote periphery where many of their families are semi-nomadic.

The Borana Student Advancement Project is currently funding a program to provide educational material support for girls, who face serious obstacles in receiving more than elementary school level education.

Girls receive funding for school uniforms, books, school supplies, and residential house rental costs (for those who do not live with their parents), and biannual cash assistance has been provided for those attending colleges and universities.

Since 2011 there have been 120 girls in the program each year.  For the 2014-2015 academic year, they were distributed as follows:

  • 12 girls in grades 7 & 8
  • 68 in high schools
  • 40 in colleges and universities

In 2014, 8 girls graduated from colleges and universities; all are currently employed by the regional government.

Since 2017, there have been 141 girls in the program. The breakdown for 2017 was 59 in colleges and universities, 75 in grades nine through 12, and seven in grades seven and eight. Over the years, the program has supported 1138 girls, most of them for multiple years. Of these, 49 have now graduated from college and universities, and 45 of them are currently employed full-time, mostly in the Borana region.

Mega Vision Developmental Association (MVDA) was established in 2004 by Teshome Shibre Kelkile, M.D., Ph.D. and Tirufat Bekele. It is a currently registered charity in Ethiopia administered by five volunteer board members and a volunteer manager.



To support the Borana Student Advancement . . .

. . . you can donate here, or send a check to:

Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs
c/o Randy Marcus
1634 Martha Terrace
Rockville MD 20852-4134

Make out your check to "Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs," and in the subject line enter "Borana Students."  Include your email address for tax receipt.


Borana project update, September 30, 2021

Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization

100% of every donation goes to support
your specified RPCV Legacy Program project