Lifting Up Our Women On International Women’s Day
Giving women and young girls a fighting chance.
Today we celebrate women around the world and the many women involved with Wando International!
Wando International’s mission has always been to empower vulnerable women and children in Uganda so they have a real opportunity to succeed in today’s world.
Women and young girls face huge disparities every single day simply for being born female in a male dominated culture. This is even more true for those that live in what’s considered extreme poverty.
These women experience threats to their physical safety, ownership rights, access to education, and employment opportunities.
Wando International doesn’t want to just see them survive where they’re at by throwing money at the problem.
Our goal is to first help get them out of survival mode so they can actually focus on beginning the process of working to redirect their future.
There’s two ways Wando does that:
- Vocational Programs
Empowering Women Through Vocational Training
Wando International’s Beading Project is a vocational program that helps sustain vulnerable women in the slum with a steady, reliable source of income.
Many of these women are widows or single mothers raising children and grandchildren on their own.
We’ve partnered with about 60 of these women, each of them learning the craft of rolling beads and creating beautiful pieces of jewelry out of them.
By connecting these women and their jewelry business to the global market via our Advocate Program, we’ve opened the door for them to truly become independent and raise their families in a safe environment.
Empowering Young Girls Through Education
Wando International’s Primary School named Marah is a free school located in the heart of the Njeru slum in Uganda. Children living here are experiencing the most extreme living conditions.
Many go without meals, medical attention, adequate sleeping materials, and their housing is at risk of being disbanded at any given moment.
Given these conditions it’s no wonder why families either can’t afford school for their children at all, or opt for only sending their sons as boys are seen as having more of an opportunity to earn income.
Most adolescent Ugandan girls’ path leads to early marriage and teen pregnancy, ultimately resigning them to stay home raising children with no means to support themselves.
We are proud to say that Wando’s International’s primary school has 140 girls registered in our school, half of the student population at Marah!
We educate these girls on the dangers of premarital sex, sexually transmitted diseases, and how to protect themselves.
Through counseling and assigning female case managers to meet with them on a regular basis, there have been transformations in the lives of these young girls.
We will not stop fighting to help them see just how valuable they are.
Our mission is lift up our young girls and women everyday, but we especially celebrate them today on International Women’s Day!
We invite others to join us on this mission.
The easiest way is to do that with us is by visiting our advocacy site: