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.
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.
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.
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