Give the gift of education to transform lives

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Give the gift of education to transform lives
Give the gift of education to transform lives
Give the gift of education to transform lives
Give the gift of education to transform lives
Give the gift of education to transform lives
Give the gift of education to transform lives
Give the gift of education to transform lives
Give the gift of education to transform lives
Give the gift of education to transform lives
Give the gift of education to transform lives
Give the gift of education to transform lives
Give the gift of education to transform lives
Give the gift of education to transform lives
Give the gift of education to transform lives
Give the gift of education to transform lives
Give the gift of education to transform lives
Give the gift of education to transform lives
Give the gift of education to transform lives
Give the gift of education to transform lives
Give the gift of education to transform lives
Give the gift of education to transform lives
Phensera, student at Tewa Training Centre
Phensera, student at Tewa Training Centre

“I would like to thank the donors for all the financial help they have given me. Without their help, my life would not have been as good as it is now."

Phensera is studying at Tewa Training Centre in Kenya. When she was young, Phensera’s primary education was paid for by her stepfather, but when she finished secondary school in 2016, there was not enough money for her to keep studying.

At that time, her grandmother had a stroke and became paralysed. After that, Phensera stayed home to take care of her. “For two years, I was not able to go back to study, as I was the only one who could take care of my grandmother. I felt very bad when I saw my classmates going to college, and I wished that one day I would also make it there,” she explains.

When her grandmother got better, Phensera’s mother heard of Tewa Training Centre from a friend: a good school that would give her daughter a chance to thrive in the hospitality sector. Phensera’s mother was able to pay for the first term, but sadly one of her cows died shortly after, leaving her with no means to support her family or her daughter’s education.

With WONDER's help, Tewa has been able to provide Phensera with a scholarship to support her until she graduates.

The COVID-19 pandemic has not been easy, and Phensera’s family is still struggling with basic needs. However, Phensera is confident that she can change their situation once she finishes her training. “I have learned a lot in the course I am doing, making me more confident I will be able to succeed and support my family."

Thank you for supporting the education of young women like Phensera all around the world.

With gratitude,

Nicole Bayes-Fleming and the WONDER team

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Maxinne, Philippines
Maxinne, Philippines

“It is important for women to have access to technology and digital skills so that we can learn and improve ourselves.”

At the start of the pandemic, 17-year-old student Maxinne wasn’t sure that she could continue her culinary arts course at Anihan Technical School. “My family can’t afford to support my studying online because they have to spend money for my cell phone prepaid load for me to connect to the internet using cellular data”, she tells us.

With WONDER’s support, our local partner FPTI is distributing tablets and data to Maxinne and other young women so they can keep learning online through the pandemic. Without access to these tools, they would miss out on their education during this time.

Maxinne is still adjusting to studying online and sometimes struggles with a poor online connection, “there are times when I can’t connect with my classmates and teachers because of poor signal”, she explained. However, she is eager and happy to be learning new digital skills.

It is important for women and girls to have access to technology and have digital skills so that we can learn and improve our skills.

For Maxinne, “it is important for women and girls to have access to technology and have digital skills so that we can learn and improve our skills. This will help us to engage into technology knowing how to use it in a good way.”

Having digital skills will also help young women like Maxinne to stay ahead in the future: “if I have digital skills, I can use those skills to set up my own business and do marketing online to help the growth of my business”.

“With the success of my business I can help support my family”, she adds.

Thank you for supporting the education of young women like Maxinne around the world.

With gratitude,

Camille Thirot and the WONDER team

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Adedayo, student at Wavecrest College
Adedayo, student at Wavecrest College

“I’m a young lady with a passion for education and my dream for the future is to have my own restaurant.” 

Adedayo is studying at Wavecrest College of Hospitality, in Nigeria, and dreams of having her own restaurant one day. The skills she is learning, she explained, “will help my dreams become a reality”.

From an early age, Adedayo knew she wanted to continue her education for as long as she could. “I started working as a house help after my secondary school to raise some money to move forward to with education all by myself as my parents did not have the financial capacity to help me move on with my education”, she told us.

Continuing her education during the pandemic has been a struggle for Adedayo. She finds learning online difficult: “I am not able to follow the online classes regularly because sometimes I may not have money to buy data on my phone, sometimes there is no electricity to power and charge my phone”.

She added that “not going to school physically has made me want to give up my education”. But, thanks to the support of her mentor she is continuing her studies despite the challenges she is facing.

Adedayo and other young women in financial hardship are receiving scholarships. “I will make my supporters proud by doing my possible best in my education.”

With WONDERs support, Wavecrest is providing Adedayo and other young women in her situation with a scholarship to continue her education as well as the technology and data she needs to follow her classes online.

Thank you for supporting the education of young women like Adedayo all around the world.

With gratitude,

Camille Thirot and the WONDER team

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Nadia, Tewa Training Centre
Nadia, Tewa Training Centre

Thank you for your commitment to our work with women and girls around the world. Your support is invaluable to us, especially during this time of crisis. I would like to share Nadia's story with you, to highlight the impact you are making to women and girls by supporting WONDER Foundation.

When Nadia finished her secondary school education, she was determined to keep studying and fulfill her passion for catering. But her mother, who is a single parent from a small rural village, was not in a position to pay her school fees.

Luckily, Nadia’s parish priest knew someone working at Tewa Training Centre, a local hospitality training school. The admissions team at Tewa immediately recognised that she was bright and determined, so they decided to give her a full scholarship to come study the two-year training course at the school.

Nadia has now graduated from Tewa Training Centre and dreams of starting her own business. “I plan on starting my own shop selling coconut oil and homemade coconut beauty products”, she explained.

The pandemic has put her business plans on hold. Like many other young women in rural Kenya, she is finding life harder than before. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation in Kenya increasingly difficult- the country is in lockdown and the tourism industry (one of the main employers in Kilifi) has come to a halt.

However, because of her education at Tewa, she has been able to find work opportunities during the pandemic. “Thanks to the the entrepreneurship course at Tewa, I am able to jump on any available opportunity: cleaning, cooking or even serving”, she told us.

The two-year hospitality and entrepreneurship training course at Tewa not only develops young women’s hard skills but also develops their soft skills through mentoring. This means that young women like Nadia are resilient to challenges and will be a strong position once the economy picks up again after the pandemic.

Although Nadia feels stressed because she is not able to earn much money during the pandemic, she still feels positive about her future. She believes that “any young woman who is determined to study should work hard and follow her passion. In that case, she will never be disappointed come corona or any other virus”. 

You can support Tewa's incredible work and the young women they work with by making a donation. Donations will go towards funding scholarships, emergency assistance and online learning tools for young women like Nadia.

Thank you for your support and generosity.

Best wishes,

Camille

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Our partners around the world are adapting their work and services to best support the women and girls they work with, now and after the pandemic.

The Coronavirus pandemic has drastically affected our work and the work of our partners- in particular, those with a focus on vocational training for the hospitality industry. Local partners like FPTI in the Philippines and Tewa Training Centre in Kenya, are facing substantial difficulties as the future of the industry becomes increasingly unstable.

In Kenya, 1.5 million people work in the hospitality and tourism industry, which represents 10% of the working population. The collapse of the industry has had a massive impact on the ability of individuals to access work opportunities. Our partner Tewa, based in one of the poorest districts in Kenya, works to provide vocational training for women helping prepare them for work in the hospitality industry.

Currently, as the hospitality and tourism industry becomes increasingly unstable we are supporting our partner organisations to adapt their approach, so the women they support can be more resilient to market change. By combining their current training with business skills courses and an increased mentoring programme, we are helping them prepare to work in a post Coronavirus world. Our main objective is ensuring our projects are sustainable and beneficial to participants.

Our local partners are also in urgent need of financial support to keep the women and girls they work with safe, healthy and learning during the Coronavirus pandemic. We are helping our partners to provide emergency food packages and financial support, laptops and devices for online learning as well as emotional support. Offering an invaluable lifeline to the women and girls who need it most.

Coronavirus might be transforming how we work, but it is not transforming our fundamental goals of helping to empower women and girls across the world. And thanks to your generosity we can continue to support and ampliphy the work of our partners around the world.

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