Project #19783

Keep Girls In School and Out of Marriage in Kenya

by WISER International


WISER socially empowers underprivileged girls, particularly those orphaned by AIDS, through improvements in education and health. WISER keeps girls in school, from primary to university, reducing child marriage, pregnancy, and HIV risk. We reduce gender-based violence in school, build self-esteem, and produce academic high achievers. This project will provide education, food, housing, clothing, emotional support, technology access, entrepreneurship training, and all healthcare for 50 girls.
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In Kenya, girls often drop out of primary school due to low performance. Girls often don't complete secondary school due to early pregnancy, arranged marriages, and physical and psychological abuse. Girls who do complete secondary school often do so with low grades and cannot go to college. Many girls are involved in transactional sex to stay in school, elevating their HIV risk. The community lacks clean water and suffers from typhoid. Girls need a safe and healthy environment to succeed.


WISER provides education, psychosocial support, healthcare, and clean water. We provide after school support to primary school girls to increase academic success and self-esteem. WISER provides a free boarding school to needy secondary school girls, one third of whom are orphans. We teach sustainable agriculture via our school garden. We provide clean water to 5,000 people in the community. WISER girls become academic stars, avoiding child pregnancy and causing their parents to delay marriages.

Long-Term Impact

WISER educates 120 secondary school and 200 primary school girls a 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 excel in the sciences, changing the perception of what a girl can do. WISER girls are community leaders, and are currently building sustainable light sources for local health clinics. WISER girls become change makers.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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WISER on Girl Rising Blog
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Organization Information

WISER International

Location: Durham, NC - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Sherryl Broverman
Durham, NC United States
$145,018 raised of $200,000 goal
1,676 donations
$54,982 to go
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Provides health care for one girl for one year. In a region with the highest levels of malaria, cholera and typhoid in Kenya, health care is critical.
Provides all textbooks for one girl for one year.WISER covers all costs for its students, most of whom could not attend school if they had to purchase their own books, as they do in other schools.
Provides clothing for two girls for one year. Clothing for girls includes two pairs of skirts, blouses, socks, sweaters, a tie and a pair of shoes. Provide them with dignity and pride.
Provides health care for ten girls for one year. Many of our students do not receive regular health care. We are unique and provide medical care--including ARVs, antimalarials and psychological care.
Provides clean water for four girls for one year. In partnership with UNICEF-WASH, WISER has built the first water purification system in the area, which serves the school and surrounding community.
Provides all school supplies for 25 girls for one year. WISER was recently ranked fourth out of 38 schools in the country for math ability. It was the top girls' school.
Provides a safe place for 25 girls to live. Most girls in the community sleep on the ground and have never been on a bed. WISER provides safe and healthy living accommodation including mosquito nets.
Provides a full scholarship to the WISER school for one year. This provides everything a girl needs for a year in boarding school. It keep the lights on and provides the first clean drinking water.
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