Samrawit Brhane Gebreslase, 1st year student

Samrawit comes from Mekele in the region of Tigray where she attended the Nicolas High School, a school built and run by the organization "Rainbows for Children". She is very happy to have been accepted to the Hamlin College of Midwives.

Selam comes from a rural area in the Tigray region and is 19 years old. She has four brothers, three of whom work on their parents' farm, while the fourth is studying agriculture at university. Selam was inspired to become a midwife by a friend she knows from back home who is already qualified. Receiving this training is the first step towards her dream. 

Abebech knows fellow student Selam from back home, a rural area in the Tigray region. They went to the same class in high school. Abebech has two brothers and one sister. The oldest brother works at their parent´s farm, the younger is a teacher and her sister is still in high school. She misses her family during the semesters.

Zaid Desta, 2nd year student

Zaid is the youngest of five siblings. One brother is a lawyer, one is an engineer. Both her sisters are still at the university (one is studying math and the other textiles). She is from a small town where her parents are merchants. She misses them and her hometown very much, but still likes the Hamlin Midwifery College and her studies there.

Roman Abuhoy, 2nd year student

Roman grew up on a farm where they have both animals and crops, close to the border with Eritrea. She is from a large family (four brothers and five sisters). All the siblings work at the farm except one sister who is studying agriculture administration at the university. Roman is very happy at the Hamlin Midwifery College.

Medina Babu, 4th year student

Medina has performed seven solo deliveries up till now, and has assisted in many more. She lives in dormitory with seven other girls from grade 1-3 (fourth year´s student live by themselves). Medina says that all her roommates are very kind and nice, and that she is really looking forward to starting working at the end of 2018.

Ilili Abdo, Hamlin College of Midwives graduate

Ilili remembers being very afraid when she saw her first delivery, but she has really enjoyed participating in her course at Hamlin College. She is also very aware of the great need for qualified midwives in the rural communities and is loving the chance to put her skills into action.

Senait Saga, Hamlin College of Midwives graduate

Senait is the oldest of five siblings. One sister is studying economics at a university and the other siblings are still in high school. Her father is a merchant and her mother a housewife. Senait enjoyed the practical phase of her studies. After her gradation in July she has returned to her home region where she is working at a health center.

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