RPCV Legacy Program

Borana Student Advancement

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

Photo taken during a 2011 trip to Ethiopia, several of these students are likely graduates of universities this past year.

Photo taken during a 2011 trip to Ethiopia, several of these students are likely graduates of universities this past year. With Dr. Torrey, at left, are Teshome and Mohammed, Mega Vision Developmental Association staff.

Map of Mega, Borana

Map of Mega, Borana

E&E RPCV treasurer Randy Marcus recently transferred a sizeable contribution from Dr. Fuller Torrey and other supporters of the Legacy Program to the in-country project director in Ethiopia. The Borana Student Advancement project is our largest legacy project, thanks to generosity and dedication of Dr. Fuller Torrey, who was a Peace Corps staff doctor in Ethiopia in the 1960s.  This Legacy Program project supports the Mega Vision Developmental Association in Mega, Ethiopia in the Borana Zone of the Oromia Region.

Once a Legacy Project has fulfilled its initial goal, typically $10,000, the champions can opt to continue raising funds to sustain the project and periodically transfer funds to the project.

The Borana Student Advancement project aims at providing educational opportunities for girls in Borana in southern Ethiopia. Dr. Torrey sent the E&E RPCV Board an update on the 19 participants who have recently graduated with college degrees. It’s noteworthy, too, that they all found jobs after graduation.  Of the 19 female students, five have been with the Mega Vision Development Association for nine full years.  The young women have graduated from Debub, Haromaya, Gondar, Jimma, Wodo, and Adama Universities, as well as the Bule Hora Teacher Training College.  Their majors include Education Planning, Rural Development, Management, Gender & Development Studies, Accounting, Plant Science, Statistics, Civil Engineering, and Oromo Folklore and Literature. The Mega Vision Development Association can rightfully boast of the major accomplishments of these young women.

Mega Vision staff member, Teshome, with students in 2011.

Mega Vision staff member, Teshome, with 11th and 12th grade students in 2011.

To support this project, send your 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 to receive a tax receipt.

 


 

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