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Hosted scholarships for rural Ethiopian students

Supporting rural at-risk students to complete secondary school

This project will fund six full-year scholarships for girls in Grades 9-12 attending school in the Amhara Region in Ethiopia. These girls are at immediate risk of dropping out and not completing their schooling, mostly because of travel distance and cost. 

For example, Ayana was walking six hours a day to attend Grade 10, and her parents were about to remove her from school and marry her off, until she was awarded a scholarship to live on campus. You can read Ayana’s story here.

The school will host each scholarship holder on campus and provide all meals during their stay. As well as accommodation and tuition, the scholarships include a stipend for each girl, clothing and menstrual resources to support her wellbeing and independence during her boarding experience.


The following are photos of Kidus Hostel boarding students in previous years. All images © Martha Tadesse.

About the project

This initiative is delivered in partnership between the secondary school and the Create Impact NGO. It will cover one year’s learning and living expenses for six girls attending Grades 9–12. 

The girls have strong academic potential, but are at immediate risk of dropping out. The hosted scholarship program is aimed at students living rurally whose families are unable to relocate or pay for transport to school, so without the scholarships, these girls would be unable to finish their education.

The school includes purpose-built accommodation called the Kidus Hostel, which provides a free, safe and supportive environment including dormitories, a library, dining room, kitchen, bathrooms and garden. The girls will be funded to live on campus during the year of the scholarship, with all meals supplied as well as caretaker services and mentoring.

Ethiopian communities are currently seeing particularly high rates of girls not in school. In addition to COVID, Ethiopia has seen war and civil conflicts that have closed many schools and ended young people’s studies.

Resources needed

Each scholarship (total $840 AUD per scholarship recipient, or approx $500 USD) includes the following:


school uniforms

Uniforms (school and sport)

$44 each

Supervision, mentoring and support

$140 each

money in hand

Girls’ stipend (spending money)

$97 each

supplied meals at hostel

$550 each

Washable pads and underwear

$9 each

About Create Impact

Create Impact NGO supports and empowers rural communities in Ethiopia by collaborating directly with those communities to deliver education, water and health care projects. Its education projects are aimed at improving school access for young people in Ethiopia.

Create Impact has a local operations team based in the Amhara Region which works directly with the school and hostel staff to deliver the project.

How you can help



What can you contribute to support this project?

$8 will provide a girl with one month’s stipend

$44 will cover the cost of school and sport uniforms for one girl

$840 will fund a full 12-month scholarship

Host a fundraiser

Host a night in with friends to raise funds and raise enough to cover a full $840 scholarship. Here’s how:

1. Set your fundraising target

2. Plan your fundraiser – how will you run it? Explore the tips and download the project flyer below

3. Spread the word and invite your friends

4. Raise the roof!

Corporate sponsorships

Thinking about making a corporate donation? Contact us to discuss!