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Sponsor A Sister

Give the Gift of Sponsorship

This Christmas, give something unforgettable and change the life of a woman survivor of war.

For £264 you can sponsor a woman on behalf of someone special to you.

COVID-19 UPDATE

Thanks to the generous support that we have received during this difficult time, we have been able to adapt and innovate to address the global health crisis. Our classrooms may now look slightly different – with social distancing, face masks, and handwashing stations in place to protect our programme participants and trainers – but the supportive group atmosphere is just the same, and it is proving more important than ever.

By signing up to sponsor a sister today, you are helping to ensure that we are able to continue our essential programme and enrol even more women into our year-long training. We look forward to being able to introduce you to your new sister as soon as possible. In normal circumstance it takes 4-6 weeks to match you with your sister, but the matching process may take slightly longer as a result of the changing health situation and local restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your patience

How you’ll transform a life

WHAT YOUR SISTER WILL LEARN

EARN AND SAVE MONEY

EARN AND SAVE MONEY

Your sister will learn a vocational skill that’s proven to earn an income in her local market, such as tailoring, brickmaking or agriculture. She will also learn business skills like book-keeping and budgeting, to help her use this vocational skill to earn money to support her family.

In 2018, participants increased their average daily income from $0.81 at enrolment to $2.12 at graduation

RIGHTS

RIGHTS

Women have fundamental rights: to vote, to own land, to divorce, and to inherit property. Your sister will gain knowledge of her rights, as well as learning about gender equality and laws that protect her from violence and discrimination.

In 2018, women’s knowledge of their rights increased from 62% at enrolment to 77% at graduation.

HEALTH & WELLBEING

HEALTH & WELLBEING

Women cannot be active members of their communities if they are not physically and mentally well. Your sister will learn about topics including hygiene and disease prevention, family planning, coping with stress and the importance of nutrition for herself and her family.

 Last year on average, women’s involvement in decisions about whether to have another child increased from 47% at enrolment to 84% at graduation.

SUPPORT NETWORKS

SUPPORT NETWORKS

War and conflict leave women deeply isolated, feeling unsafe to leave their homes and without a safe place to meet other women who have experienced the horrors of war. Your sister will join a class of 24 other women like her. She will make friends, regain her confidence and build a support system.

Over the course of the year, your sister will also receive support from a friend that she has never met – you!

How it works

Make a one-of-a-kind connection with a woman survivor of war

MEET YOUR NEW SISTER

We hope to be able to match you with your new sister in 4-6 weeks. However, this may take slightly longer due to the changing COVID-19 health situation and local restrictions. We will let you know as soon as you are matched, at which point you will be able to access our supporter area to view your sister’s details.

QUARTERLY UPDATES

As soon as we can safely reopen our office, we will send you a welcome pack, containing information about your sister and the country she is from. As your sister proceeds through the training programme, we will also send you quarterly updates via email about her progress and what she has been learning.

LETTER-WRITING

Form a friendship that transcends continents by writing messages of support and encouragement to your sister via your online supporter area. The women we serve deeply value this connection and treasure these words – for some, these messages can be an emotional lifeline.
Faith Mathew reading letter
Faith, a Women for Women International participant from Nigeria reading a letter from her sponsor. Photo: Monilekan

Thank you so much for supporting me. I want to help others in the future, the way you have helped me.

Faith, Women for Women International programme graduate, Nigeria

What our sponsors say

Be Inspired By Our Amazing sponsors

By sponsoring a sister, I can make an impact on her and through her, her community.

Martin – WOMEN FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL Sponsor

learn more about the impact of your sponsorship

How Sponsoring A Woman Survivor of War Changed My Life

"Building a personal connection with my sponsor sister, Amela, became a source of strength for me." Our Executive Director, Brita Fernandez Schmidt shares the story of meeting her first sponsor sister and the very real impact of our programme.

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Celebrating Graduation Day in the DRC

600 of our programme participants in the DRC have graduated from our 12-month social and economic empowerment programme. It was a chance for our programme graduates to reflect on their journey and share their achievements with their classmates, families and wider communities.

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My Name is Cinama

After graduating from our 12 month programme in the Democractic Republic of Congo, Cinama went on to start her own brickmaking business. She now shares her knowledge with other women and is looked up to as a role model.

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