By Talyn Helman
I recently came across this article on Bust.com about what you can do to help a wonderful organization called Women for Women International. The organization helps women in war torn countries, by providing them with clothes, food, clean water, an education, and skills to acquire a job. Some of the countries that WFW helps are in Africa, as well as countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
WFW hopes to make long lasting social and political changes to these countries. Their mission is simple: “Women for Women International provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies. We’re changing the world one woman at a time.”
WFW has developed a program, that lasts about one year per woman, in which the woman is given immediate relief (such as food, water, medicine, etc.) then is taught to be a strong, independent person, and taught to assume a leadership role in her society. These women go on to rebuild their communities, and become strong role models for others. The organization even teaches these women about the rights they have, how to speak up for themselves, and teaches them vocational skills to acquire a job.
Women for Women International’s Theory of Change explains why they choose to focus on women in these countries: “Women for Women International believes that when women are well, sustain an income, are decision-makers, and have strong social networks and safety-nets, they are in a much stronger position to advocate for their rights. This philosophy and our commitment to local leadership builds change and capacity at the grassroots level.”
Right now, until October 15th, any donation you give to WFW, up to $200,000, will be doubled by the organization. To learn more about Women for Women International, click here.