Women's Education Project : Educating Women out of Poverty
The Women’s Education Project (WEP) had started off with a mission to help young women of limited means to discover their true calling and achieve their potential. It believes in empowering young women to succeed in academics and career so that they can contribute substantially to improving their own lives as well as their families and the community at large.
WEP’s focus is on young women whose families put up a struggle to hardly eke out a living. Most of them hail from overcrowded homes that suffer from malnutrition, illness and debts. Therefore, even the thought of resources or support that can enable them to pursue higher education was a luxury to them. However, female illiteracy can give rise to many crucial problems such as they might lose their ambitions and work in unsafe, low-paying jobs, they may yield to pressures of marriage and get married at a young age when they are not emotionally and physically prepared for it. They will also lack a voice in the family as well as the community, which is in a way, a loss to the entire society. Besides, poverty automatically victimises those women that receive no education, and thus their lives fade away in oblivion.
However, WEP works towards developing resource centres to prepare young women to achieve their maximum academic and career-related potential, so that they are able to diminish the impoverished state of being that they normally survive in. WEP offers scholarships, academic support, career counselling and personal development programs to students, mostly belonging to slum and rural areas. It operates in 4 centres in 3 cities in southern India, namely Madurai, Hyderabad, Bangalore etc. as academic support, WEP teaches effective note-taking, library usage and writing skills to prepare students for higher-level education. It also facilitates the learning process with well-stocked libraries, computer labs, continued academic support through tutorial assistance, and adequate study space to enable the young girls to read, prepare assignments and study for exams.
WEP also prepares girls in terms of long-term career paths by conducting workshops, mock-interviews etc. and are eventually introduced to local employers. It also organizes field trips to companies and businesses to offer wider exposure and employment opportunities to students. For personal training, WEP provides workshops on diverse life-skills, health and nutrition programs and volunteering.
This organization has received many successes in its journey so far and has crossed many milestones, thanks to its dedicated team of professionals that include Suparna Bhasin, the President, Sidney Small, the Treasurer, Zoe Timms, the Founding Director, and also its Advisory Board that consists of individuals who believe in the nobility of the mission that they have undertaken. They all belong to different walks of life, and yet have united in giving shape to a vision that can make a huge difference to the female-folks and to the nation as a whole.