Each school has a steering committee made up of officials, members of the community, and girls in the program. When it is impossible for Becky to travel to a community, the committee will document and provide information on each of the girls. This all-volunteer committee in the woreda of Merhabete is made up of a member of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, two school directors (one from the high school and one from the preparatory school), two teachers, and two Trampled Rose girls.
The Rose Buds is a group of 47 girls in Merhabete:
• 10 juniors who are now are seniors
• 16 girls who passed National Exams to continue on in tenth grade
• 13 girls who are starting ninth grade
• 8 new juniors who also passed the National Exam for tenth graders (Their stories are below.)