Nancy Kanja, Kenya

Educating teachers

Since its beginning, CBB has provided scholarships for girls to study for three or four years, depending upon the country, to receive a B.A. in education that qualifies them to teach in primary school or high school. Since university education is five to ten times more costly than supporting a girl in high school, only the most qualified of CBB's scholarships girls receive university scholarships.

Girls can instead attend a teachers' college for two years to obtain a diploma to become nursery or primary school teachers. Girls are now being given scholarships to attend a teachers' college at half the cost of attending a university. Those who wish to teach at the high school level can then save from the income they can earn after graduation to pay for their continued education themselves.

Jackline, graduating from nursing school, Kenya

Dr. San-Yee So Memorial Nursing Fund

Dr. San-Yee So was a firm believer in education who used to say that no person or government could ever take away our knowledge. She was born in China and went through the Japanese invasion and then the Communist take over of that country. Dr. So came from a wealthy family, but had to sign over everything she had to the Chinese government after 1949.

Fortunately, she was able to complete her medical education and practiced as a radiologist in Hong Kong for nearly 40 years. With her income as a doctor, she was able to support the college education of all four of her children (two with Ph.D.'s), and also the university education of six children of her friends.

Jackline, shown here, lost her mother and her means of support just after entering nursing school at the Meru Medical Training College. With a scholarship from CBB, Jackline completed her nursing studies and is now working at a government medical center. CBB supports the nursing education of 24 girls in India, Kenya and Guatemala.

Students receive practical training

Nurses' aide training

CBB funds a one-year residential nurses' aide training program for out-of-school tribal girls in the state of Jharkhand, India. The girls also learn English and how to use a computer. When their training is completed, the girls take a government examination that certifies them as a Health Assistant. The program then finds employment for the girls in local hospitals.

The training and subsequent employment transforms a girl's life from being uneducated like most girls in her community to being the only person in her family with full-time employment. This program is administered by Amar Jyoti, a project of the Missionary Sisters of the Queen of the Apostles.

Pema Choezom

One girl's story: Pema

At the age of ten, Pema walked out of Tibet with her family of seven to a new life in India as a refugee. The family settled in the Bir/Chauntra Tibetan refugee community at the foot of the Himalayas in northern India.

Pema, who had never attended school in Tibet, was placed in an "Opportunity Class" for one year to determine her level of ability, and then, because of her academic promise, in the third grade of a boarding school in Dharamsala, the home of the Dalai Lama in exile, where she completed her primary and high school education.

Compassion Beyond Borders has supported Pema's education since she was in the fifth grade. Now, nine years later, Pema has completed three years of study at the Manipal College of Nursing in Bangalore in southern India. Upon her graduation with her degree in nursing she has obtained a position in a government hospital in Dehradun in northern India.