OFID 2018 Scholar Amayaa Wijesinghe from Sri Lanka “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” This Robert Frost quote perfectly describes me and my career pursuits. I grew up on the small island of Sri Lanka, which features an … More “I took the road less traveled”
2018 OFID Scholar Alazar Woldeyohannes from Ethiopia “Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place – that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have the perseverance to realize the great life.” – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam This quote motivates me in the work that I … More “Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place”
“My life has been a song that is spoken and a dance that is walked—this is probably the best way to describe my life. I grew up in the highly political and war-torn country of Rwanda and I was deeply affected by the Rwandan genocide in 1994. As a result, I experienced a lack of … More “I am a tangible example of impossible becoming possible.” – Olive from Rwanda
“Han wash han does mek han come clean” this creole phrase describes my life perfectly. Born in the capital city of Georgetown, Guyana to unwed parents. I remember like it was yesterday my foster mother saying, “I have nothing to give you but God and an education” and that she did, making sure that I … More “I have nothing to give you but God and an education”.
Thirty year-old Doaa Althalathin from Palestine, an OFID 2015 Scholar, studied for a Master’s in Poverty and Development at the University of Sussex in the UK. “The international experience changed my thinking about poverty reduction. During my studies in the UK, I met people from different countries who had shared a similar experience or the … More “There is still hope in the world” – Doaa from Palestine
“I have always wanted to be an engineer, and today I’m so proud of being one after years of hard work.
“I’m a medical doctor from Nepal. I work with the NGO: The Centre for Victims of Torture, with victims of violence in the field of peace building, human rights and mental health.
“In 2011, my country went through a crisis. It was bad. Sometimes when you watch the TV, you think okay, this is for others not for my country, but actually, what we experienced in Côte d’Ivoire was very bad.