"I was lucky to have been able to study for 5 years (2008-2013) with the help of ESF-Germany at Kindu University, Democratic Republic of Congo. I graduated after 3 years with an Agronomy diploma in hand and then studied 2 more years in the Natural Resources Management Department (specialization in Fauna and Flora) in order to obtain a «Licence» diploma. I am proud today to be an engineer in Agronomy.
It has been hard to get started in a professional career but I managed to get short term contracts that made use of the scientific knowledge that I have acquired in Biodiversity and Forestry project supported by German funds in DR of Congo. I also have been hired as a lab assistant in a private university. I opened up a small technology service company just to have ends meet and managed a 3-month internship in the Project Management Department of a commercial bank.
The social project I developed with Etudes sans frontières still lacks resources to get started - and anyone who can help with the funding is welcome - but has rallyed a lot of support in Kailo territory (Maniema province where Kindu is located). The name of the project is "Agropastoral pour le développement" and its aim is to help small farmers get more returns out of their labour. I also broadcast as a volunteer information briefs on ecology and sound management of the environment in a local radio station. This is what I’ve been doing for the most part since I finished my degree at Kindu University.
All in all, I can only say THANK YOU ESF-Germany!"
Blaise, former scholarship holder in Kindu (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
"What a strong factor for personal development and empowerment education really is, this is something I have learned to appreciate in recent years. Passing on some of that privilege to people who pursue their aim in very difficult conditions means a lot to me.“
Martina, ESF Germany member in Berlin (Germany)
"The ESF project was wonderful on all counts, it changed my life.
It made me feel so safe coming from a country where we had to bring our chairs to attend class after the partial destruction of the University in Grozny.
Journalism studies were very difficult and sometimes students in Paris made me feel that I shouldn’t have been there, but these were the best three years of my life. I’ve learned language skills and acquired a lot of self-confidence as well as I’ve made professional contacts with media agencies.
At every moment I felt the support from the ESF team in Paris, physically and emotionally. They made me feel at home.
Back in Chechnya, I’m doing humanitarian aid for an NGO that works with young girls. I try to encourage them to have dreams and projects. I’ve learned that if you want to make changes you have to be flexible. I try to do something to change life conditions in Chechnya.
I regret not to be able to work in journalism but it is far too dangerous to exercise the skills I’ve learned in Paris in a dictatorship where corruption abounds at every level. It is just not possible. But journalism has given me very important intellectual tools for analysis and ways of thinking and organizing my thoughts that will stay with me forever!"
Raisa, former scholarship holder in Grozny (Chechnya)
"Studying Political science has opened my eyes as to the importance of education in our world. Études sans Frontières represents a marvellous opportunity for young people to pursue studies and make society more resourceful than it is presently. I am really proud to take part in the promotion and development of ESF in my University."
Mathilde, ESF Québec member in Montréal (Québec, Canada)
"I am really lost for words to thank ESF and its kind, lovely and hardworking members. ESF made me find my way and stand on my own feet, made me an independent and social girl who was some time before a shy girl, who was always keen on helping her countrymen but didn’t know exactly how, but now I found my way and realized my abilities. ESF made me to put a step towards helping my country and my people. I was only a student but now i can teach easily. Everywhere I go on the street my students say “hi teacher” by hearing this I feel like I fly on the sky, the word TEACHER means a world to me and I owe all this to ESF.
It doesn’t matter if I am not going to be supported by ESF but I won’t leave my students and I won’t stop helping my needed people. I owe ESF big and special thanks for making me an active fellow of the society. Afghanistan is in need of your help, keep inspiring and I do will remember in every step of my life that how I was inspired by ESF team."
Sumaiyah, former scholarship holder in Herat (Afghanistan)