Young people can be the change they want to see in the world. It’s just that in many developing countries, young leaders do not always have the means to continue with their education and reach their potential. Young people face challenges in supporting themselves and others who may depend on them while they pursue their education.
In September 2016, Watipa launched a new scholarship program to support young people to achieve their dreams and to give back to their communities. With your help, we exceeded our goal of supporting 10 students - and we currently support 36 young leaders in 8 countries: Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, South Africa, Uganda, and Tanzania.
We think that the most effective way for communities to develop is to enable more people from within communities to have access to education, so that they can be the leaders of the change they want to see. We offer a helping hand to support young leaders to develop their own ideas and solutions, and have the self-confidence to take them forward into action.
In 2016 we raised just over £16,000. Our target in 2017 is double that amount, £30,000. The good news is that we have already raised £11,000 through the social enteprise, so we are more than a third of the way there!
100% of the funds we receive is spent directly on the students, however the website and credit cards retain a small % of the transaction costs. The funds we raise from your generous donations combine with the contribution from Watipa. We operate as a social enterprise, and 10% of all revenue supports the scholarship fund. With your support, added to the £11,000 we have already raised, we will be able to sustain and expand the scholarhsip programme this year.
Watipa is a registered charity in England and Wales (1173178) and a registered Community Interest Company (10226833).
Meet Zingiri Amos Mwamlamba, aged 21 years, an inaurgural Watipa scholar studying a Bachelor of Science and Engineering in Kenya. Amos also represents the scholars on the Board of Trustees of Watipa.
Unlike other scholarship programmes, we are flexible. We can assist at any stage of a student's education - for example they may be mid-way through their course but at risk of dropping out due to lack of resources. The needs-based award of funds may cover their tuition fees, and/or contribute towards their living expenses, and/or provide a form of assistance related to the physical or intellectual needs of that student.
With additional fudning, in 2017 we will expand to provide similar opportunities for some new and deserving applicants. Our scholarship programme supports young people with tuition fees and living expenses for a period of 1-3 years (depending on the needs of the scholars) as well as access to our pool of international mentors.
Meet Zamathusi Thusi, a 23 year old mum and Watipa scholar, studying a Bachelor of Accounting Science in South Africa.
Contribute today to support a Watipa scholar.
Any amount is gratefully received. Thank you for your generous support.
As a guide, here is an idea of how your generous donation translates to support for a student:
- £10 = contribution to a scholarship.
- £20 = living expenses (contribution to food, transport, rent) for one student.
- £50 = books and materials for one student for one semester.
- £100 = stipend for living expenses for one student for one semester.
- £500 = total scholarship (tuition fees) for one student for one semester.
- £1,000 = total scholarship (tuition fees) for one student to finish secondary school or a year of higher education. We will name a school scholarship after you (if you wish).
- £3,000 = total scholarship (tuition fees) for one student for one higher education course. We will name a higher education scholarship after you (if you wish).
Further details about Watipa are on our website: www.watipa.org
You can also set up a regular monthly donation if you would like to spread your contribution throughout the year, through Donorbox on our website.
Thank you for your support, and for helping us to fund scholarships to support young people to achieve their dreams and be a part of the change they want to see in their own communities.