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Empower girls at risk of disease and violence in Kenya

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Our goal
Give young women the opportunity for safe, healthy lives and academic success at the WISER girls’ boarding school
The Challenge

The Problem and How to Help

 

 

The community of Muhuru Bay, Kenya is home to the country's highest HIV rates and some of its worst educational outcomes for girls. As many as 1 in 3 people are HIV positive in the region, resulting in a disturbing rise in the number of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS-related illnesses. Despite the prevalence of HIV, over 50% of sexually active girls in the community participate in transactional sex. 

Why take the risk? The girls of Muhuru Bay are willing to do whatever possible to find funds to stay in school.

Girls in Muhuru Bay face a number of gender-specific challenges that prevent them from finding safety, health, and educational success. Girls regularly leave school due to early pregnancy, child marriage, or a lack of school fees in a community that favors boys' education. Without a way to overcome these barriers, the community lacks female-driven economic lift and the girls of Muhuru Bay lack visible role models. The bottom line? Girls need a safe and healthy environment in which to learn, live, and succeed.

 

What Impact Can I Have by Contributing to this Project?

 

 

Our flagship project, a boarding school for girls in Muhuru Bay, Kenya, educates 120 young women every year. The school provides housing, food, clothing, books, psychological counselling, and supportive faculty at no cost to our students. This keeps girls in school, thereby reducing child marriage, pregnancy, and HIV risk. We reduce gender-based violence, build self-esteem, and produce academic high-achievers. As educated women, studies show that WISER alumni will have healthier children and better sexual/reproductive health. WISER girls excel in the sciences and become vocal advocates for their well-being, changing the perception of what a girl in Muhuru Bay can do. In short, WISER girls are community leaders and change makers.

This project will provide education, food, housing, clothing, emotional support, technology access, entrepreneurship training, and all health care for 1 future WISER Girl for one year.

 

In Honor of Dr. Barbara Anne Tremitiere

This project and the gifts within it were made in honor of Dr. Barbara Anne Tremitiere by the WISER board and staff. We honor her legacy of changing lives and championing the notion of "family" through her thoughts and her actions. To celebrate her life, we offer these gifts in the hope that they, too, may change the lives of families.

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Our milestones
  • Michael

  • Sara

  • Sherryl

  • Joseph

  • Carolyn

  • Leah

  • Zack

  • Lynn

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