In early November, the Global WISER Family heard some fantastic news: our founding principal, Madame Dorcas Oyugi, was nominated for AidEx’s 2021 Humanitarian Hero of the Year award. And with your votes, she became one of three incredible finalists! The ultimate winner was Dahabo Bagaji, a midwife who also works in rural Kenya, and shares WISER’s spirit of determination and commitment to women and girls’ wellbeing. We are proud Principal Dorcas was counted among community heroes like her, and congratulate her well-deserved win!
This honor came as no surprise to those of us who are familiar with Principal Dorcas and her heroic work. Not only did she lead WISER as it first opened its doors to students, and as it transforms lives and communities through education and empowerment; she also was recognized for her phenomenal work leading WISER during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a time where students around the world abruptly lost access not just to their educations, but also to food security, medical care, and psychosocial support, Principal Dorcas kept WISER girls learning safely at home through wellness checks, food provisions, and distribution of essential learning materials. And when government directives required WISER to open back up to students while COVID-19 remained a threat and vaccines remained scarce, Principal Dorcas led WISER staff and students in a robust and nationally-recognized safe reopening plan. As WISER prepares to welcome even more students to our campus in the coming years, there is no one quite like Principal Dorcas to be leading us–and we are so grateful to her.
Like Principal Dorcas said: a vote for her was a vote for WISER: a vote for the life-changing, wraparound support that WISER offers girls in rural Kenya, making it possible for them to achieve their dreams. We join Dorcas in giving thanks to you, WISER supporters!