After an extremely competitive selection process, we are proud to announce that WISER International has been named a 2018 featured grantee by Dining for Women (DFW). This grant, for nearly $50,000, will allow WISER to build the sexual, economic, and interpersonal agency of 975 girls in rural Kenya through experiential learning, leadership development, and reproductive health education in a healthy and empowering environment.
Dining for Women is a nonprofit giving circle dedicated to empowering women and girls living in extreme poverty. DFW inspires, educates, and engages people to invest in grassroots programs that make a meaningful difference for women and girls around the world. Each year, DFW chooses twelve organizations, one for each month, as featured grantees to be awarded up to $50,000 in support of their work.
Dining for Women says, “We love WISER’s focus and outreach to vulnerable at-risk adolescent girls across rural Kenya in their offering of a holistic high quality education.”
At WISER, support from Dining for Women will:
- Create a healthy and empowering environment for 60 new first year students, who will live and learn full-time at the WISER Girls Secondary School. Instead of worrying about how to access clean water, healthy meals, and essential medicines, these girls will be able to live and learn on a safe campus.
- Support the growth of all 180 girls at WISER through academic resources, experiential learning, and leadership development. WISER girls will gain confidence, increase their self-esteem, be less likely to drop out of school, become academic champions, and be more likely to enroll in higher education.
- Ensure the continued success of 145 WISER alumni through mentoring and leadership opportunities. This project will invite all alumni back to WISER’s campus for the first time to build support networks, receive mentoring, and serve as role models to younger girls throughout Muhuru Bay.
- Empower 650 younger community girls through sexual and reproductive health education. WISER girls and alumni will lead SRH education sessions in schools and churches to increase community knowledge of critical SRH information, in the process serving as role models and proving that girls can be leaders.
You can learn more about our selection and view our featured grantee page here.
We are excited to be featured by Dining for Women and grateful for their support in our mission to empower girls!