Many school age girls receive little or no education because of discrimination, early forced marriages,orphanhood by AIDS, and early pregnancy. Sexual exploitation of school-aged girls is endemic and 50% of sexually active adolescent girls are involved in transactional sex in order to obtain funds for school fees, clothing, and hygiene items.
WISER’s signature programs address the interplay of health, education, and development. These programs include a boarding secondary school for 120 girls that provide all resources for a safe and effective education, as well as serving as an innovation hub for the community. We also provide out students with psychosocial support, leadership, training, and technology-based social entrepreneurship programs.
WISER also provides a primary school program, WISERBridge, that currently serves over 700 co-educational students. WISERbridge builds educational capacity in Kenyan teachers and and helps all students become more competitive for secondary school. WISERBridge also distributes sanitary pads to girls preparing for national exams. Our health programs include the first source of clean drinking water for the community via a water purification facility and pimping system: a community-based HIV prevention program that enhances family communication to reduce HIV risk behaviors in youth; and a sustainable school gardens program.
Prior to WISER’s work very few girls in primary school continued to secondary. After four years of the WISERBridge program the number of girls completing primary school has increased by 120%. Despite working with a disadvantaged population our graduates are ranked as some of the best in Kenya. We believe WISER’s programs will increase the quality of life for everyone in the region, especially with the strong community partnership WISER has carefully created and nurtured.