Why we focus on helping women
·If all girls had secondary education, child marriages
would fall by 64%
·Educated women are less likely to die in childbirth and their children are more likely to be vaccinated and given good nutrition
·A child born to a mother who can read is 50 percent more likely to survive past the age of 5 than a child born to an illiterate woman
·More than 800 million people are suffering from hunger in the world, and some 70 percent of them are women and children."
Source: Global Partnership for education/WHO/UNICEF
Our WOW programmes care for women and girls physically, emotionally and spiritually, and release them from a life of poverty, rejection and fear. We want women and girls to understand that, despite their background and how society treats them, they have incredible potential, and are loved, accepted and valued; that they are women of worth – WOW!
WOW works in India, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Philippines and Bulgaria.
Women and girls comprise two-thirds of the world‘s illiterate
population, and more than 40% of girls in Africa do not have access to
education. If a girl receives just five
years of schooling, her children will have a survival rate 40% higher than
children of women with no education. WOW provides the opportunity for girls to
attend school, and even university.
WOW believes that if a woman can become self-sufficient,
this means that she can feed her family, and educate her children. This leads
to empowerment, self-worth and breaks the cycle of poverty. Our WOW programmes
offer women the opportunity of business enterprise, and perma-garden training.
Many of the women and girls on our programmes have faced
abuse, trauma and neglect. Through
prayer, friendship, care and counselling we help them to heal emotionally and
overcome their past.
We teach women life skills such as health, hygiene, first
aid, nutrition, childcare, and business skills. Women with these skills are
able to provide a safe, caring environment for their family, and are less
likely to be exploited.
With your donation we can help to give women and girls nutritious food, access to healthcare and a safe place to live.