Our Fellows are creating meaningful impact through localized community initiatives. In addition to the leadership training and the mentorship we support them through our Small Grants Fund, offered toward the end their two-year fellowship. These grants help Fellows expand and scale-up their grass roots programs.
To date 24 grants have been awarded which have reached over 72,000 people. Key program areas: inclusion, teenaged pregnancy, literacy, STEM, pre-school education, to name a few. In addition, each March 8th, International Women’s Day micro-grants are a regular program feature. They allow Fellows to showcase their work in the context of the IWD Annual themes.
Micro-Grants Put To Use:
“Embracing Equity - Empowering Teenage Mothers to Stay in School”
by The WAT Foundation:
To mark International Women’s Day, WC4E Fellow Hamdaratu's WAT Foundation empowered 15 teenage mothers in Chuchuliga, Builsa North District, through skills training on powdered soap, wash products, and beaded items. Beneficiaries also attended a mentorship session where two victims of teenage pregnancy, who are now excelling in their careers, shared their stories and motivated attendees to stay in school. Finally, participants were given materials to start their own soap and beading businesses as well as mentors to guide them on their entrepreneurial journeys!
“Addressing Period Poverty” by the Boa Daakye Foundation:
A key educational challenge for adolescent girls is staying in school, as periods can keep girls out of school several days or weeks, causing them to fall behind. To meet this challenge, WC4E Fellow Yaa and the Boa Daakye Foundation trained 43 girls in the Dehia Basic School (rural Ghana) on strategies to stay in school, continue learning, and end “period poverty”! Training included educational sessions on menstruation, sexual health, avoiding pregnancy, and menstrual hygiene, as well as a workshop on producing low-cost menstruation products.
"When I joined WC4E, my initiative was more of an idea than a formal organization, but with the help of micro-grants, my organization is now a well-organized entity with all the formal structures of an organization in place."