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About Us2018-12-20T19:04:43+00:00

There’s nothing worse than…

…living in fear in home where you’re not valued or appreciated

…feeling stuck in an abusive relationship because of financial reasons

…losing hope that you’ll ever live the life you and your family deserve.

If you or someone you love struggled with these thoughts, you’re not alone.

Did you Know…

“99% of domestic violence victims also experience financial abuse, which makes it even harder for victims to extract themselves from abusive situations”

“No matter how you cut it – socially, economically, legally – girls and women who live in extreme poverty are being denied the opportunities that they deserve.”

Most Dangerous Time for Women in Abusive Relationships? When they Leave.

Friends, family and society urge women in abusive relationships to leave. However, statistics show that the greatest violence can follow. In fact, women are 70 times more likely to be killed in the two weeks after leaving than at any other time during the relationship.

It’s all about control. If a women leaves. The abuser loses their control.  It’s not just physical abuse. 99% of domestic violence victims also experience financial abuse, which makes it even harder for victims to extract themselves from abusive situations.  Physical and financial abuse makes it extremely difficult for women to leave, especially if the relationship involves children. Women lose hope and eventually become numb to their situation. The pattern of abuse becomes…normal. This is their life.

The Good News: “It doesn’t have to be this way!”

Wando International’s founder, Michelle Huo and her family have worked with thousands of vulnerable women around the world from Downtown LA’s Skid Row to the slums of Uganda living in a cycle of poverty and abuse.  They can’t escape..especially those with children. The challenge was always the same. Money.

How do you help women who are living in the worst conditions imaginable escape? Running away was only a temporary solution. They needed a way to support themselves financially.

The solution was obvious. They need to launch a career or business so they can escape their situation and be free. But how do you help women with little to no education or work experience?

Definitely NOT by following horrible + outdated  career advice, like
“Go back to school and get a degree”  or “Pursue what you love and the money will follow”. That would take years!

These women needed a solution and they needed it fast.

After years of working with thousands of people from all over the world, Michelle has taken all the shortcuts, strategies, resources and tools she’s discovered over the past 10 years to create a system known as [Career Hacking].

Career Hacking is the ultimate shortcut to help anyone Launch & Grow their career in a fraction of the time.

PROGRAMS WE OFFER:

Business Development

We empower vulnerable women experiencing extreme poverty to launch and grow businesses with access to the global marketplace to help them generate a living wage.

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Workforce Development

Our team of Career Development Specialist empower the most vulnerable clients here in the U.S. by taking them through our proven career development system to help our clients thrive in today’s job market.

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Digital Advocacy

Become a Digital Advocate, leverage the power of the internet to empower the most vulnerable clients around the world by teaching them how to use 21st century, strategies, skills and tools to escape the cycle of poverty…FAST!

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A LETTER FROM OUR FOUNDER

“…I’ll never forget my first friendships in Uganda.”

After my husband visited Uganda in 2010, I couldn’t get his stories out of my head…

The children abandoned after birth—left at police stations, on the side of roads or thrown in Dumpsters. The single mothers with 4-5 children, forced into prostitution just to keep food on the table. Every day he’d send pictures and introduce me to these women over Skype. At first, he was our middleman: “Tell Mama Clare I said hi!” I’d say. Or “Give the kids a hug from me!”

But soon I was making friends all on my own. I’d send updates, little notes and photographs, building friendships and helping where I could. Even from 10,000 miles away I felt connected to this community in a way I never imagined. Years later, I hopped on a plan and visited Uganda myself. When I got off the plane I was greeted by a sea of familiar faces. There were no strangers here. I was reunited with old friends. These friends needed more than a short-term donation of money or food. They needed CHANGE. The women needed to see doctors, to have access to contraceptives. The babies—including one I saw left at the bottom of a pit latrine—deserved to feel loved and safe, and to fall asleep with a belly full of warm food.

If only these women were given the tools to take care of themselves, they might never again be faced with the heartbreaking decision to abandon a child. Because in 2002, I too raised my children alone. I had no marketable skills and was terrified I wouldn’t be able to provide for my kids. During those years, our community rallied around us. We moved in with my aunt and uncle. My children’s school offered us a 50% scholarship, and a work trade for the remaining 50%. A friend helped me get a part-time job doing data entry, which I tackled after the kids went to bed. Those years were tough, but we made it. Turns out, it does really take a village.

Now that my own family is back on their feet, I desperately want to give the women of Uganda what our community gave me: Not a handout, but an opportunity.
There are over 2,000 women and children in the slum we serve. My husband and I can’t correspond with them all, but you can. So we created WANDO for our friends and family to pitch in, no matter how much time they can spare or where in the world they are. It’s never been about the masses or fixing the entire country. For us, it’s about one-on-one friendships—fellow humans offering a helping hand. That’s what really changes the world.

Become a Digital Advocate Today!

All You Have to Do is Select a Woman in our Business Development Program, Write a Letter and Then Receive Your Free Gift!
And Who Knows? You Might Even Change a Life in the Process!

SELECT A BUSINESS PARTNER

Digital Advocacy Program

  1. FREE TO JOIN
  2. AN OPPORTUNITY TO EMPOWER VULNERABLE WOMEN
  3. MAKE A GLOBAL IMPACT

Our Digital Advocacy Program provides you with the unique opportunity to offer one-on-one support to vulnerable and “at-risk” women in need… and it’s free to join. You’ll cultivate a meaningful relationship that can provide our friends with the encouragement and comfort they lack in their lives. And all it requires you to do is take a few minutes out of your week to transform a life.

We built an entire social network that lets you directly interact with the women we work with around the world. Are they struggling with a challenge or obstacle? Write a quick note of encouragement. Does she have an upcoming doctor’s appointment? Show her you care about her well-being by following up.  Provide communication and support—including photos, letters and words of encouragement—send a strong message to these forgotten women: You are important. You are remembered.

By becoming a Digital Advocate, you not only cultivate a fulfilling relationship, but you’ll help her meet real needs, foster positive self-esteem and instill hope. No middle man. No admin costs.

Why Buy From Us

 

Hello From Michelle

 

What People Are Saying About Us…

“I have so many incredible stories of amazing things God has done on our trips. I could write books. Our Ugandan family, The students, the mommas, the babies, the teachers…they have my heart.”

– Chandra Alisa

“Wando does a great job of making everyone they work with feel like family. After seeing the way the organization works with the people we serve, the heart for the people they serve is evident.”

– David Talley

In my four trips to Uganda, I have be able to see many Wando’s plans come to fruition – and I am sure there are more to come! Their love for the students and their families always inspires me.”

-Jan Aldrich

“I went on a trip with Wando to Uganda in 2014. I believe God sent me there for my precious Amina. I fell in love with that little girl the first time she ran up to me and held my hand. It is amazing to see the transformation. She looks so good and seems so happy now! I am looking forward to the next time I can go.”
-Reina Rios

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