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”
“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
“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.