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14 Nov

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Gender based Violence

November 14, 2016 | By |

Gender based violence (GBV) includes acts that inflict physical, psychological or sexual harm or suffering, threats of such acts, coercion and other deprivation of liberty on someone based on their gender. Gender based violence most disproportionately affects girls and women, but boys and men can also be victims.

Today, gender based violence is much more internationally recognized and has been integrated into general human rights treaties. This is a positive step towards change.

However, there is still much work to be done.

According to the 2014 Kenya Demographic Health Survey, research found that nearly half of the female population, 45% have experienced physical violence since age 15. Additionally, 40% of women between the ages of 15-49 that had been married at least once, suffered either physical or sexual violence at the hands of their partner or spouse. And, keep in mind, many acts of GBV are not reported.

These high percentages of gender based violence are unacceptable.

WE International works everyday to help victims of GBV, while also striving to prevent GBV from happening. WE empowers women and girls who have been victims of GBV through restorative therapy programs that focuses on emotional, spiritual and personal healing. WE knows that those who have faced GBV will need help reintegrating to society. WE works to help make this transition smoother and as comfortable as possible.

To learn about how WE is helping women at risk or to donate to WE’s Restoration House, click here.

 

07 Nov

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charity: water – Why It’s Important to WE’s Mission

November 7, 2016 | By |

We have a water crisis on our hands: 1 in 10 people worldwide live without clean water. WE International is dedicated to fighting this crisis. WE International has already helped fund a waterwell in Uganda, creating a better quality of life and empowering the local community.

Another nonprofit, charity: water, focuses on the water crisis by helping people create an individual campaign to raise money for a clean water project in a developing country. charity: water does this by letting people pledge their next birthday to clean water; instead of asking for gifts, people can ask friends and family to donate to their clean water campaign.

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Credits to charitywater.org

At WE International, we understand that clean water is tied to better and higher education, improved health, economic prosperity, and women’s empowerment. These values are at the core of WE International’s mission.

WE International is proud to partner with charity: water. To check out their campaign and website, click here.

04 Nov

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Microfinance: How it Can Help

November 4, 2016 | By |

What is microfinance?

Microfinance, by it’s smallest definition, is a form of economic development to low-income people through financial provisions. Often, microfinance comes in the form of loans. For example, a $100 microloan can give a woman the means to buy a loom, allowing her to make and sell clothing for a profit.

At WE International, we believe that microloans can not only change a person’s life, but empower them. Even more so, we help people develop their business plans so they are set up for success from the beginning.

Through a loan, people can become entrepreneurs and self-sufficient. It gives people a chance to be their best selves. It is a chance to empower. Please consider financing someone’s microloan here.

31 Oct

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Empowering Girls through Education

October 31, 2016 | By |

At the core of WE International’s message is the importance of education and empowerment. WE especially emphasizes the importance of empowering girls to reach their full potential.

Attached is a link to a video that explains the “Girl Effect” – the positive ways in which education can change a girl’s life and her future. If we give girls the chance to change their own lives, it can change their entire communities.

At WE International, child sponsorship gives us the chance to provide girls with a better future. Please consider funding a child’s education – you will change that child and someday, the world. Below is a link to our WEEducate child sponsorship page. The power to make the world a better place is in your hands. http://weinternational.org/donate/child-sponsorship/

08 Aug

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Sponsor a Future: Scovia Birungi

August 8, 2016 | By |

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Scovia lives with her aunt and five siblings in the small village of Lingira on Lingira Island in Uganda.  She is healthy and helps at home by cooking and cleaning.

Her house is made of mud walls with an iron roof, and is shared with one other family.

In school Scovia enjoys science, while outside of school she loves to play sports.IMG_5144

Scovia and her family typically eat fish, posho (a potato-like carbohydrate), and beans, and their primary water source is Lake Victoria.

Scovia wants to become a nurse. Sponsor her here.

15 Jul

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Sponsor a Future: Stephen Bunyebi

July 15, 2016 | By |

 

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Stephen lives with his mother, father, and brother in the small village of Lingira on Lingira Island in Uganda. He is in good health and helps at home by fetching water and cleaning. His house is made of mud walls with a grass thatch roof.

In school Steven enjoys English, while outside of school he loves to play sports.

Steven and his family typically eat fish, posho (a potato-like carbohydrate), and beans, and their primary water source is Lake Victoria.

Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria

Steven would like to become an engineer.


Sponsor Stephen today. Find out more info here.

 

07 Jul

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Sponsor a Future: Petra Kisakya

July 7, 2016 | By |

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Petra lives with her mother and three siblings in the village of Buwuni located on Lingira Island, Uganda. Lingira Island is an located in Lake Victoria. She is in good health and helps out at home by cooking, washing, and general house cleaning.

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Lingira Island

In school she enjoys biology, while outside of school she enjoys playing net ball (a popular game overseas that is similar to basketball and ultimate frisbee combined), crocheting and singing.

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Her main source of food is posho (a potato-like carbohydrate) and beans, cooked over a wood fire.

When she grows up she would like to become a nurse. 


Sponsor Petra today. Find out more information here.

06 Jul

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Sponsor a Future

July 6, 2016 | By |

sponsor a future coverOver the next month, we will be sharing with you the stories of real children as they dream about their future. Make sure to follow along!
Every one of these children posted is in urgent need of a sponsor. For just 38 dollars a month you are not just providing for the immediate needs of these children, you are giving these future doctors and engineers a chance to make their dreams a reality. Consider sponsoring today.

Find out more information here.

04 Nov

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Meet one of our interns!

November 4, 2015 | By |

 

This wonderful lady’s name is Cassie.12195758_1051276348216244_4352833858480717015_n

She has been working with WE International since the spring of this year. She took a summer to go to Peru, and has rejoined us this fall. Her area of expertise is the management of the WE-Stand4 merchandise. Through her work with WE, she contributes to the economic empowerment of the Ugandan women who craft the goods seen on www.WE-Stand4.org.

Name: Cassie

School or Occupation: Student (Senior)

Major: International Studies, Economic Development

What are you doing at WE and how is it making a difference: I’m working with the WEstand4 product line. We partner with so many incredibly talented artisans, and to be able to offer a place where they can sell their products and help gain income is something that is truly life changing.

How did you get involved with WE: I met with the CEO of WE International and shortly understood what amazing things they were doing. It took me less than a few weeks to get my foot in the door and see how I could help make a difference.

What global issue are you most passionate about: I’m specifically interested addressing economic development issues and global health inequality.

Have you been to any developing countries: Peru & Brazil

If someone would buy you a ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go: Anywhere in Latin America, Asia or Africa

What is your “go to” pizza: Papa Murphy

Why do giraffes have such long necks: So they can reach the most delicious fruit on the highest tree!

What is your pet peeve: When people are quick to make assumptions and judgments about other people’s lives

Which famous person would you most like to see play you in a film: I don’t know, I’m not a big movie person actually

Favorite Superhero: Power puff girls

Favorite food/flavor of ice cream: Moose tracks!

Do you have a favorite sport?: Soccer

Morning fix: Coffee & time with the Lord!

 

21 Sep

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WE partner with One Million Thumbprints

September 21, 2015 | By |

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WE are excited to announce our support for One Million Thumbprints, a campaign against Violence against women in war zones.  When a region of the world is in conflict, women often suffer the most due to the prevalence of sexual violence.

The campaign is a movement to collect one million thumbprints from people who stand against this tragedy. The thumbprints represent both the individuality of human spirit, and the interconnectedness between those individuals.

You can check out the campaign here, and download your Thumbkit here.

Join us in standing against this evil by joining your thumbprint to this cause!