Educate Your Own
Educate Your Own (EYO) is an official fundraising campaign led by current WMI Student and Graduate Scholars to support one another by advocating for a zero dropout rate among continuing students who are facing financial challenges. The campaign was introduced by WMI Graduate Scholar Johnson Abuto and adopted by his fellow peers in 2018. Together WMI Scholars are aiming to financially support one new WMI Student Scholar with full scholarship funding*.
*New scholars supported by Educate Your Own will be selected through the formal WMI Scholarship application process. The selected beneficiary must meet all new scholar requirements, complete the vetting process before the scholarship award is presented, and continue to provide the required reports to the WMI Student Scholar Coordinator.
Purpose and Goal
The Educate Your Own initiative is our way as WMI Scholars who have and continue to benefit from the WMI Scholars Program to give the same opportunity to at least one more deserving young person in the developing world. We want to pay-it-forward and educate our own. The ultimate goal of supporting one of our own is to ensure that the deserving scholar is able to continue their studies, graduates from university, and grows as a person that creates positive impacts in their society.
*At this time EYO is only accepting donations from current WMI Scholars. If you are interested in helping to support very bright, academically successful, and committed young leaders continue with their education in developing nations, please consider donating directly to the Wells Mountain Initiative’s Scholar Program on the donate page.
Become an EYO Representative
The EYO leadership team is currently seeking WMI Scholars to become EYO Representatives within their nation. An EYO Representative will be a champion of the EYO program, help raise awareness with other scholars and assist in fundraising efforts.
Current EYO Leadership
The EYO fundraising campaign is managed by a team of current WMI Scholars. If you are interested in joining our team, please let us know!
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Paul holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Kabianga and is currently working in a Mombasa referral hospital as a nurse manager. As a WMI Scholar, Paul has been very instrumental in the growth of the WMI Kenya Fellowship where he served as the chairperson from 2017-2021. Paul is very passionate about reproductive health and rights among girls and women and is the founder of the community-based organization GusoKenya. Furthermore, Paul also acts as the assistant secretary to the National Nurses Association of Kenya Mombasa branch, which is a member of the International Council of Nurses.
Flavia graduated with a diploma in pharmacy from the Uganda Institute of Allied Health and Management Sciences in 2015. She has since proceeded to self sponsor her studies at the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Chain Management for a professional course in procurement and will graduate in March 2022. She is employed as a pharmaceutical supply chain officer working with AIDS Health Foundation in Uganda. Flavia has been an active member of Fountains for Change - WMI Uganda Fellowship and has been the treasurer from 2018-present.
Edwin was selected as a WMI Student Scholar in 2021. He is a student of medical laboratory technology at Cepres International University and is also studying health science with an emphasis of public health online with the University of the People. In addition to his studies, he works as a lab technician at Sokaswa Medical Clinic. Edwin is the founder and executive director of Make the Children Smile Education Development Foundation which aims to provide access to early childhood education for children whose parents cannot afford their school fees. Edwin is excited to become an active member of the WMI Liberia Fellowship and engage in more WMI programs.
Alexander is a recent alumnus of the bachelor of commerce program with a focus in accounting at the University of Cape Coast. As a student he served as the Head of Students’ Academic Affairs and as a member of the Association of Business Students’ Marketing and Publicity Committee for two years. He is currently the CEO of Possible Groups and is a published author of four tertiary books. Alexander received a WMI COVID-19 Community Response Grant in 2020. With this grant he prepared and presented online lectures for university students while their in-person studies were interrupted. He is also an active WMI Ghana Fellowship member.
A second level of leadership is provided by WMI Scholars who volunteer as country representatives. These individuals help to increase awareness, encourage donations from other scholars within their nations and provide updates to the EYO leadership team. Additional advising assistance is provided by WMI Staff when requested.
A Big Thank You to WMI Scholar Donors in 2019
The following WMI Scholars have contributed to the Educate Your Own Initiative:
- Alpha Pokharel, Nepal
- Bonny Mark Alinga, Uganda
- David Ouma Otieno, Kenya
- Jackline Anyango Ombura, Kenya
- Johnson Abuto, Kenya
- Leju Modi Benjamin, South Sudan
- Loice Akinyi Ang’ienda, Kenya
- Melisa Bhebe, Zimbabwe
- Phiona Kituy, Uganda
- Richard Duku, South Sudan
- Sihlobo Khumalo, Zimbabwe