In the region where WISER is based, only 7% of all girls finish school due to early pregnancy, arranged marriages, illness, poverty, and gender-based violence. Girls who do complete school often do so with low grades and cannot go to college. Over 50% of sexually-active girls are involved in transactional sex just to afford to stay in school, elevating their HIV risk. Girls are risking their lives to stay in school. They need a safe and healthy environment to thrive.
WISER provides education, psychosocial support, healthcare, and clean water. We provides a free boarding school to hundreds of secondary school girls, 40% of whom are orphans. We provide the best resources that a school can offer to girls who thought they would never make it to high school and, as a result, they transform into academic stars who avoid HIV/AIDS and early pregnancy while leading incredible initiatives for change in their community.
WISER educates 210 secondary school girls and thousands of local youth through community outreach each year. By keeping girls in school we have reduced child pregnancy, marriage, and HIV risk. As educated women WISER alumni will have healthier children and better reproductive health. WISER girls are community leaders, and are currently building sustainable light sources for local health clinics. WISER girls become change makers
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