Borana Student Advancement

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

Since 2004 the Ethiopian registered charity Mega Vision Developmental Association (MVDA) has provided support for 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-nomads.

Currently the Borana Student Advancement Project is funding a program to provide educational material support for girls who, as all know, face serious obstacles in getting more than elementary school level education.

Girls receive funding for school uniforms, books, school supplies, residential house rental costs for those who do not live with their parents, and biannual cash assistance was provided for those who are in colleges and universities.

Since 2011 there have been 120 girls in the program each year.  For the 2014-2015 academic year they are 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.

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

To learn how to make a donation to the Borana Student Advancement project CLICK.


2014 – Some of the MVDA girls with Teshome Shibre Kelkile


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