This is the second in our blog series “15 Years of Conserving Life,” to commemorate our 15th Anniversary at TWFF and highlight specific collaborations that have made a meaningful impact on the world.
How it Came Together
Through two auctions last year that featured clothing and jewellery from Cynthia Lennon’s personal collection, plus individual supporter donations from The White Feather Foundation community, we raised $10,500 total for the 2022 recipients. This will enable seven students in Ethiopia to participate in the Studio Samuel Training for Tomorrow program.
The classes teach girls aged 9 – 18 vital life skills and provides instruction that includes occupational training to ensure success for their future.
An Expression of Gratitude
Upon learning that Studio Samuel students had been chosen as the 2022 Cynthia Lennon Scholarship for Girls recipients, Founder & Executive Director Tamara Horton shared this message:
On behalf of our girls in Ethiopia, we’re deeply honored and humbled to be named the 2022 recipient of The Cynthia Lennon Scholarship for Girls. We cherish what this represents and the lasting impact on our community through more girls having a voice and access to education. Giving immense gratitude to Julian and The White Feather team for the global ripple effect your work continues to make.
She went on to note that when denied access to education, girls in the Ethiopian community where Studio Samuel is based are at a higher risk of forced early marriage, trafficking, child labour, and gender-based violence.
Each scholarship gives a girl immediate access to education, employable skills training, and MHM (menstrual health management). These components of the program each play a role in helping break the poverty cycle in their generation.
Specific courses in the program in which these girls will enroll include English language, tutoring, martial arts, computer coding, sewing, debate, and feminine healthcare.
To all who contributed to this fund, we sincerely thank you for your support.