Habtam was born and raised in Debark, a small city in Northern Ethiopia. An outstanding high school student, she was noticed early by our screening team at the Hamlin College of Midwives. While in her final year of high school, Habtam was recruited into the college’s four year Bachelor of Science in Midwifery degree, fully funded by Simien Mountains Mobile Medical Service
A new path
Habtam had never previously considered a career in midwifery, but quickly showed her passion and academic prowess. The first year of her degree went really well.
A difficult year
During the second year of her degree, Habtam was involved in a serious car accident. This was a massive challenge for her, both physically and emotionally.
“The bad car accident I faced during my second year study was the biggest challenge of my life so far; I made to withdraw for a year and lag a year behind my batch.” – Habtam
After a year in recovery, Habtam returned to the college. Despite this difficult setback, she continued to study hard. So hard, in fact, that at her recent graduation on July 15 this year she was awarded the ‘Hamlin Medal’ in recognition of achieving the highest marks in her graduating class.
“Thanks to the college staff, especially the Dean Zelalem [for his] unconditional support, I spent two years of recovery and at the same time study hard and finished top.”