Giving Tuesday: Support WISER’S Graduation Campaign

Giving TuesdayIt’s Giving Tuesday, a global effort to promote philanthropy and support a group you care about.  Please consider making a donation to WISER today.

The WISER students finished their KCSE several weeks ago, and are anxiously awaiting the results.  To stay updated, click over to our special graduation website for the latest news!

On this global day of giving, we want to reflect on WISER’s accomplishments.

1. WISER increased the number of girls completing primary school by 120% in Muhuru Bay
2. WISER increased the number of girls passing primary school exit exams by 250%
3. WISER has 120 girls enrolled, the highest number in secondary school ever in the area
4. WISER is ranked #1 in Chemistry in the county, surpassing established boarding schools
5. WISER has had a 0% dropout rate of girls, compared to 30% in neighboring schools

In short, WISER works.

Relive WISER’s Memorable Moments from 2006 to 2013

With graduation less than 100 days away, these videos remind us how far we have come in just seven years against the huge tide of inequality facing girls in Western Kenya.

2006 – The WISER Idea:  The spark of WISER’s grassroots movement begins – a tangible response to gender inequality in education for girls. The idea of WISER emerges as a community-driven response to inequities in girls’ access to quality healthcare, education and economic opportunity. Relive the moment here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSfjH25Hd9s

2007 – CampWISER: As the WISER NGO is formed and fundraising begins for the school, Duke University students collaborate with the Muhuru Bay community to start Camp WISER, a program to encourage the development of gender allies among boys and girls throughout the community.  Relive the moment here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sww6VkwDpJ4

2008 – WISER Breaks Ground: WISER breaks ground with the support of those who know about the WISER idea – friends and family of Duke students, partner high schools from around the world fundraising for students they have never met, churches, universities, the Johnson and Johnson Company, and more standing up for girls with monetary and in-kind support.  At the WISER groundbreaking ceremony, the first women’s soccer game is hosted on WISER’s grounds.  Relive the moment here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU-QI7BMiFc

2009 – WISER’s Local Construction: WISER employs local Muhurians in building the WISER campus by hand.  Within one year, WISER builds the 7 acre campus, complete with the first source of clean drinking water, first source of electricity, and first set of computers with Internet access, but also begins working with the 14 primary schools to launch WISERBridge – a program that equips Class 8 pupils with the skills and knowledge to pass their primary school exams and become eligible for a scholarship at WISER.  Relive the first days of WISER’s construction here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ek3yv55RUc.

2010 – WISER’s Opening Day Ceremony and 1st Day of School:  WISER hosts its Opening Ceremony on January 11th, 2010, announcing the first class of 30 WISER scholars – 30 young women to receive the community’s first full secondary school scholarship scheme. Relive WISER’s Opening Ceremony here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKKjD9QYTR4 and relive WISER’s First Day of School here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bcTUnK-UE0

2011 – Putting the ‘R’ in WISER: WISER emerged from research about why girls were failing school, and research continues to drive which interventions make a difference in education, health and development.  Dr. Sherryl Broverman, WISER’s co-founder, delivers many lectures a year on the research results and the power of global activism. Relive one of her lectures here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PGvR-TucjA

2012 – WISER Girls’ Flash Mob:  As WISER continues to grow its academic prowess throughout the region, the WISER girls are seen by community members as leaders in girls’ education and empowerment.  Never have WISER girls been more visible than when they conducted a WISER Flash Mob in three cities in Kenya on International Women’s Day.  Relive the Flash Mob here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlDD-7aP068

2013 – WISER Makes History in Muhuru Bay: WISER achieves a 0% attrition rate, compared to 30% in surrounding schools. WISER’s first class of girls completed their KCSE in November 2013 – the Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education – and they are thrilled. The results will arrive in February and the graduation ceremony has been set for March 7th, 2014.  WISER hosted Hollie Harrington to commemorate the last 7 years in 7 minutes – the essence of why WISER works.  Watch it here http://vimeo.com/78404090 and get to know the girls here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI16efStjo8

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