Mission: Women’s Education Project helps women of limited means discover their unlimited potential for college and career success to improve their lives, families, and communities.
Results: “Within a short period of time after joining Sudar as a student, I was treated as a member of that family; in fact, I was absorbed into it. Sudar is really interested in helping women-students stand on their own feet and meet the challenges of life, with courage and confidence. This is being done with a sense of commitment. The warmth of love and understanding I experienced in Sudar cannot be described in words. I found Sudar the right place for expression of my creative thoughts and ideas.Right from the time I joined Sudar as a student till today, it has been a source of inspiration to me to bring about a welcome change for women in the society.” - Sudar Program Participant
Target demographics: Young women ages 18-25 in South India
Geographic areas served: Madurai and Hyderabad, South India
Programs: Sudar, “Light” in Tamil, Madurai, TN
Sudar is WEP’s first center. Founded in 2002, seventy students currently attend the WEP-Sudar center, and of these, forty receive scholarships to local colleges. Once the college day has finished, students come to the center to enjoy nutritious snacks with friends and study in the library and garden.
Each semester, students choose between study skills, English, and computer courses. On weekends and during vacations, they may attend a teacher-training program, the lecture series on health, finance, civics and the environment, and local field trips to introduce them to career opportunities.
Ushassu, “Morning Light” in Telugu, Hyderabad, AP
In 2008, WEP partnered with the MV Foundation in Hyderabad to form Ushassu. In January, the first ten students, all from landless farming families, were selected to attend college. In June 2009, fifteen more students were accepted into the program. All are attending a college in a village outside of Hyderabad.
I started interning for WEP because of its mission statement:"helping women of limited means discover their unlimited potential for college and career success to improve their lives, families, and communities." I have always been interested in women's studies and thought that WEP would be a great fit for me because of its specific focus. My internship experience thus far has exceeded my expectations. Everyone I have worked with is extremely passionate about what they do. Their passion and strong work is contagious and motivates me to work to my best abilities with each task I am assigned. The women whom we work each day to get sponsors for have benefited greatly from WEP education initiatives and several have graduated and gone on to fulfill their dreams that they once deemed impossible. The WEP staff and volunteers fight each day for the dreams of these women in South India who would have most likely been impoverished and malnourished without WEP's help. I can whole heartedly say that I enjoy each and everyday that I intern at WEP because I know that the work I do helps young women realize that their dreams are attainable. WEP is a great organization that has improved the lives of several young women in India.