Send Young Women to Leadership Academy, India

by Women's Education Project
Send Young Women to Leadership Academy, India
Send Young Women to Leadership Academy, India
Send Young Women to Leadership Academy, India
Send Young Women to Leadership Academy, India
Send Young Women to Leadership Academy, India
Send Young Women to Leadership Academy, India
Send Young Women to Leadership Academy, India
Send Young Women to Leadership Academy, India
Send Young Women to Leadership Academy, India
Send Young Women to Leadership Academy, India

Summary

This project will send young vulnerable women in India to WEP's Leadership Academy to become knowledgeable, confident and responsible leaders. Students, ages 15 to 24, learn to make informed choices for themselves and positive change in their families and communities. Within a spirited community of peers, they gain knowledge, skills, and a broad understanding of their opportunities. Graduates enter formal sector careers or pursue alternative, entrepreneurial livelihoods of their choosing.

$500,000
total goal
$474,163
remaining
109
donors
4
monthly donors
2
years

Challenge

WEP serves young Indian women ages 15-24, daughters of families struggling to find daily wage employment. Part of the more than 87 million women and girls living in poverty who deal daily with water shortages, poor sanitation, debt, family health, domestic abuse and other debilitating issues. Young women whose only value is their unpaid domestic work and what they may contribute to the family income are routinely pressured to quit school, to work in informal jobs, and enter early marriage.

Solution

The Leadership Academy is an easily adapted, flexible, community-sourced, curriculum that takes place in a safe, reliable, supportive and, above all, fun environment. Here, young women, for the most part undervalued and voiceless at home, come together to discover their inner spark, expand their understanding of life's opportunities, and gain the necessary skills to achieve them. Participants attended life skills, alternative livelihood and career preparatory Certificate courses.

Long-Term Impact

Pre-COVID alumnae surveys indicated 64% work in their first job in the formal sector. 2,200+ alumnae include teachers, accountants, receptionists, professors, computer operators, small business owners, and technicians - an agriculturalist, a lawyer and aspiring judge, and (our first student), a Bank Director. 100% married after 18; 75% credited WEP as the principal factor in securing employment and higher income. All have affected change in their own lives, their families and communities.

Additional Documentation

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

Resources

Organization Information

Women's Education Project

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website:
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Twitter: @womensedproject
Project Leader:
Zoe Timms
New York, NY United States
$25,837 raised of $500,000 goal
 
207 donations
$474,163 to go
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