EVERY GIRL DESERVES THE RESOURCES SHE NEEDS TO THRIVE
Our investment in young women starts with providing the essential resources that girls need to thrive. Resource provision, as a part of our "whole-girl" approach, ensures that the WISER girls are physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy as they strive for success.
Unfortunately, for millions of Kenyan kids, severe poverty and food insecurity threaten school enrollment, lifespan, and health. We eliminate these threats by providing healthy and nutritious meals to all of our students, ensuring they can focus on their studies without worrying about their next meal.
For many girls in rural Kenya, poverty guarantees that, even when a girl can make it to school, she may not have the tools she needs to perform well. Girls often arrive to class without the pencils, paper, or textbooks necessary to learn. WISER makes sure no girl's learning is held back by providing all school supplies and learning materials for every student.
While school supplies, textbooks, and well-stocked classrooms all play a role in equipping a girl for her education, their absence may not keep her out of school as often as one other crucial resource: sanitary pads.
When girls in rural Kenya start their periods and cannot afford pads, they often stay at home and are out of class for several days each month. This causes girls to miss out on learning, fall behind, and end up with lower test scores and self-esteem. If a girl decides to use unsafe materials like rags or furniture stuffing to control her period and stay in school, she risks vaginal irritation, which greatly elevates HIV risk. To address this complex set of risks, WISER makes sure girls receive all of the sanitary pads they need to stay healthy and focused.
With sanitary pads, school supplies, all meals, and more provided by WISER, girls are free to focus their energy and time on their education and their passions. They are free to learn in an environment that provides holistic support. They are free to learn on a campus that values keeping girls in school. And most of all, they are free to pursue dreams that may otherwise seem out of reach.