Rana Begum, Meher Jabeen and Savaila, who come from the remote northern areas of Pakistan, just graduated from the Asian University for Women, Bangladesh. These three are the first Spark of Hope scholars to graduate!
Rana completed a Bachelor’s in Environmental Sciences; Meher completed her Bachelor’s in Politics, Philosophy & Economics and Savaila completed her Bachelor’s in Economics.
Narmin K. Ismail, CEO of The Spark of Hope Foundation, was on hand for the graduation ceremony on May 21, 2015 in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The Keynote Speaker was US Ambassador Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat.
Narmin recalls: “It was a very special moment to see three of the students the Foundation supported graduate with their Bachelor’s degrees. These young women have demonstrated perseverance, tenacity and focus to graduate with great grades, against difficult odds! They will be an inspiration for other students.”
Two of the students are doing some field research and are pursuing job opportunities in Karachi, Pakistan. One of them has gone back home to the Northern areas of Pakistan. All three are preparing for graduate studies starting in September 2016. In the meantime, they are seeking work assignments, improving their English further, and exploring the most suitable master’s level programmes, with the support of The Spark of Hope Foundation.
“We’re very grateful for the support we’ve received while at AUW, and especially from The Spark of Hope Foundation recently, as it was the deciding factor in enabling us to graduate from AUW. We are also excited at the opportunity to pursue postgraduate studies – and after that, to be able to use our education to make a meaningful impact in our communities.”