Athletes Without Frontiers Supporting Girls’ Education in Rural Kenya
Athletes Without Frontiers (AWF) partners with WISER to launch the largest campaign in WISER’s ten-year history: Raise $1 million in 2016, changing a generation of girls forever.
To launch this incredible partnership, AWF’s eight founding members are competing in the World’s Toughest Bike Race – the 35th Annual Race Across America (RAAM) – pedaling more than 3,000 miles to raise funds and awareness for WISER, worldwide.
The race is from June 18th – 25th, 2016.
Join our global movement to raise $1 million before the team crosses the RAAM finish line, making history for girls in Kenya, and changing a generation of girls forever.
HELP US REACH OUR $1,000,000 GOAL:
Why Your Gift Matters Now
WISER currently has 120 girls in residence and is doubling to 240. With your help, we can fund all of the girls that qualify for scholarships, provide solar power, and connect girls to the world through a computer lab with Internet.
That’s changing a generation of girls forever.
$50 (Textbooks for 1 girl for 1 year)
$100 (Healthcare for 10 girls for 1 year)
$500 (School supplies for 25 girls for 1 year)
$1000 (Provides a safe place for 25 girls to live for 1 year)
$3,000 (Scholarship for 1 girl for 1 year)
$12,000 (Scholarship for 1 girl for 4 years)
$24,000 (Scholarships for 2 girls for 4 years)
$48,000 (Scholarships for 4 girls for 4 years)
$96,000 (Scholarships for 8 girls for 4 years)
$100,000 Computer Center Benefactor (Student computer center)
$180,000 Solar System Benefactor (Solar power for the campus)
A gift made through this appeal represents a gift to the entire WISER International mission. To help the most girls, we use your gift where it can do the most good by pooling it with the gifts of others.
In this campaign, WISER and AWF are offering an opportunity for membership in five giving clubs in partnership with WISER. Champion, Legend, and Founder Giving Clubs will be managed solely by the AWF founders and offer an opportunity to be a part of lifetime team of change-agents.
Meet the AWF Team
Athletes Without Frontiers (AWF) is a global group of socially-conscious endurance athletes who support charity through perseverance in sports. As their inaugural partner, AWF will make history with WISER and support a new generation of women scholars in East Africa through education, health, and economic empowerment.
Tobias Gehrke, Retired Partner, Citadel, Geneva, Switzerland
“I am in awe of the amazing work WISER does by improving health, education and empowerment for underprivileged girls. As a member of Athletes Without Frontiers, I am excited to provide meaningful support to one of the most dynamic and courageous humanitarian aid organizations around today.”
Marc Micek Senior Director, SAP, Chicago, USA
“I support the mission of WISER and am committed to establishing AWF as a lasting fundraising initiative which connects athletes to charitable organizations who share the common belief that endurance, perseverance, and an environment that supports achievement can profoundly impact an individual’s chance to succeed in life.”
Jan Bech Anderson Founder & CEO, Voluntas, Weybridge, United Kingdom
“I am so impressed with WISER’s commitment to social empowerment of girls in Kenya. I look forward to helping AWF channel the drive of endurance athletes everywhere to join this important cause.”
Thomas Anderson Global Heal, Crude Trading, Litasco, Geneva, Switzerland
“It is an honor to represent Athletes Without Frontiers and spearhead a new source of funds for organizations such as WISER… funds that I know will be put to very good use in areas of the world that are in serious need for their help and support.”
Erik Edholm Partner, Ram Rational Asset Management, Stockholm, Sweden
“WISER is an overwhelmingly successful organization that makes a real difference for girls where support is most needed. To support WISER through Athletes Without Frontiers is a privilege that I intend to pursue to the maximum of my capabilities.”
Thomas Gunnarsson Investment Management Executive, Entrepreneur, Falkenberg, Sweden
“As the Arabian proverb goes ‘He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.’ WISER makes a difference to their students by changing the trajectory of their lives and providing an opportunity to broaden their horizons. It is an honor for me to be a part of their work in this way.”
Marie Hjorth CEO, BLG Group APS, Copenhagen, Denmark
“As a strong supporter of humanitarian and cultural efforts to empower the underprivileged, raising the awareness of AWF through RAAM and fundraising for organizations such as WISER is a personal objective of mine. I greatly support broadening the knowledge and goals of WISER and other future AWF charities globally.”
Eric Wetlaufer Sr. Managing Director, CPPIB, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
“The leadership exhibited by WISER to empower girls is an extraordinary example of the potential for humanitarian impact deserving of our unselfish support. I am excited to support their work raising funds and spreading the word of their truly special work.”
Andrew Cunningham, AWF Coordinator, Aga Khan Foundation Global Education Officer, Geneva, Switzerland
“When I helped co-found WISER in 2007, I had no idea how far it would go because of the overwhelming support of thousands throughout the world. I’m proud to connect AWF to my former organization. Let’s race and do something we can talk about for years to come!”
In Kenya, education and health are intertwined for girls. Girls usually drop out of school due to — pregnancy; child marriage; lacking sanitary pads; physical, sexual, and psychological abuse; or becoming AIDS orphans. Half of sexually active girls in the community have sex for money to pay for school fees, sanitary pads, or soap. This elevates their HIV risk and damages their mental health. The few girls who do complete secondary school often do so with low grades and cannot go to a university.
Educating a girl has dramatic health and economic benefits for her, her family, the community, and the world. Educating girls has shown to be the single most potent factor globally in reducing infant mortality. Additionally, girls who complete secondary education are 30% less likely to get HIV during their lifetime. As educated women, they will have better reproductive health, healthier children, and higher wage earning power. Studies show that educated women invest more in their communities, causing national economic growth. Girls who are provided with educational opportunities will change the world.
As educated women, WISER alumni will have healthier children and better reproductive health. 85% of WISER alumni go to college or university, when before only one girl had gone in 30 years. WISER girls become community leaders and change makers.
Currently, there is construction under way at the WISER boarding school to double WISER’s enrollment from 120 to 240 and — provide a new science laboratory, a 60-person computer lab, more student and teacher housing, and an event hall to host community events. Together with AWF’s historic partnership, WISER has the capacity to change a generation of girls forever.
Please take a moment, right now, to make a donation to WISER. With your help, our girls will change the world.