Discussing future plans with one of our medical students who lost both parents at an early age.
Last spring she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is one of the first students enrolled in our student empowerment initiative.
Any student who has been granted a full scholarship to attend college should have the opportunity to do so. Unfortunately, many students lack the minimum amount needed to cover basic expenses such as food, personal hygiene/feminine products, items, transportation, printing costs and internet services.
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This student lost her father to illness and her mother is also very ill and elderly. Though very challenging, with IGO’s support she stayed in school and worked very hard to receive her college degree.
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Many young girls in dire need of money oftentimes resort to desperate measures including prostitution to support themselves. This can lead to the HIV/AIDS virus, drug & alcohol addition, unintended pregnancy and/or the guilt and shame associated with performing such acts to earn money.
Beneficiaries are selected from families living far below poverty level who have the greatest need. Many are from rural and destitute areas in desperate need of support to survive, which makes it even more crucial that they receive an education to increase their chances to overcome poverty and its harsh consequences. Students are placed with a self-help group and given a monthly allowance to cover extra expenses associated with attending college.
IGO's latest programs, GIRLPower and EmpowerMEN, supports students who have been granted a full scholarship to attend college, but lack the additional money needed to cover basic living expenses.