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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.

 

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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(Sponsor Scovia here

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.