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Wanted – three girls to study finances

Three regions were selected last week by the Ericah Shafudah Financial Management Foundation Trust to find the first three female learners to be supported by the trust with their academic studies at university.
Using Radio Wave’s early morning Waking Crew broadcast, the Trust’s chairperson, Ericah Shafudah picked three regions from which three school girls will be identified to benefit from the Ericah Shafudah Financial Management Fund. The selected school girls will be enrolled at the University of Namibia for the next four years, to complete a degree in Financial Management based on commerce, accounting or economics, as an academic basis for a professional financial qualification.
The selected regions are Hardap, Kavango West, and Oshana. The 2015 students will be identified from the listeners who have applied. The Fund will also budget for the accommodation and other related needs of the three ‘lucky girls’.  The Trust’s main objective is to empower women with a focus on the financial education of the Namibian Girl Child.

Since its launch in August, the Trust has received numerous and substantial pledges from both individuals and companies, to run its projects for the benefit of school girls. The Trust has already put a part of the available funds aside to finance the studies of the first three girls over the next four years, and will develop more projects during the course of 2015 to support vulnerable women (young and old) with financial education and development.
The school or now ‘varsity girls’ will also be mentored by experts of industry. This will deal with all support, compliance, and whichever emerging issues the girls are confronted with. The Trustees will keep an eye on the performance of the girls and will be in regular contact with their families.
Towards the immediate future of this Trust Fund, Shafudah mentions that “the Trustees prepared an Annual Plan after the launch and activities include further fundraising events, but Trustees are most excited about the identification of the beneficiaries, and we now work for this project to take full flight.”

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