Themes Of Our Work

Gender Equality

WEIF designs all of our projects under the philosophy that any meaningful development initiative must enrich the lives of every member of the community. Consistent with our mission, WEIF helps individuals' access resources and opportunities that they would otherwise be socially or systematically barred from. In the past ten years, this has meant supporting women through entrepreneurship and agriculture, working to increase the number of girls in school, and encouraging boys to pursue their interest in traditionally female careers. All teachers, field workers, and students involved in our work receive regular training in gender sensitivity and engage in reflective and educational discussions about how to create an environment that is empowering and supportive for everyone. WEIF is fortunate to have a team of volunteers, partners, students, and beneficiaries with diverse experiences and identities, and we are committed to reflecting a spirit of understanding and acceptance in our work. No project begins strictly as a "gender equality" project, but rather with the understanding that social equality is a pre-requisite for alleviating poverty and fostering healthy, peaceful communities.

Poverty Alleviation

Poverty is one of the most pervasive barriers to education, health, and fulfillment faced by families worldwide. We believe that with appropriate support and empowerment, it is also one of the most solvable problems faced by our global community. Our model of poverty alleviation involves engaging community members in obtaining the resources and skills to foster leadership, security, and break the cycle of poverty between generations. Rural communities are among the hardest hit by scarcity, as a lack of access to local markets and vocational training restrict economic opportunity and prevent future generations from leading their families and communities in an ascent out of poverty. In remote rural communities of India WEIF is promoting food security and income generation by providing agricultural resources and training to hundreds of women. In some of the villages in Bihar, where the land is not cultivatable, WEIF is helping communities develop alternative strategies for income generation. Since 2009, WEIF has provided loans assist over 1000 women in owning and operating their own businesses. WEIF has supported a vocational training centre for youth in Dahanu Taluka, India.

Environmental Sustainability

Supporting education and livelihoods in remote, under-served communities requires access to reliable and sustainable natural resources. Developing nations are among the largest contributors to global pollution: as energy consumption becomes a necessity for rapidly developing communities, access to alternative fuel sources remains extremely limited. WEIF believes in helping communities grow while preserving and promoting a healthy environment. Environmental sustainability is a component of all of our infrastructure projects, and has included supporting sustainable livelihoods through agriculture, and providing resources and training for water harvesting, alternative energy sources (eg. biogas), and waste management.

Education

Social injustice often manifests itself through inequalities in access to quality education. In every corner of the world, children are barred from educational opportunity due to extreme poverty, poor health, their gender, or simply a lack of infrastructure in the communities where they live. Education is also one of the most valuable tools in overcoming these barriers and leading healthy, fulfilling lives. WEIF is improving education in India and Pakistan by constructing schools in remote communities, providing specialized training to teachers, and developing programs to support the physical and intellectual development of underprivileged youth.

Health

We believe that the long-term success of our projects can be measured in the improved physical well-being of men, women, and children in the communities we touch. WEIF has been engaged in several projects that are directly aimed at improving the health of under-served communities, including the construction of health clinics, improving food security and access to clean drinking water, and providing care and support to persons living with HIV in the poorest districts of Mumbai. For marginalized and under-resourced communities, the fight for good health is simultaneously a fight for dignity and opportunity. Improving physical health must coincide with fostering healthy communities where individuals are welcomed, cared for, and encouraged to reach their full human potential.

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