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Amela - Credit Hazel Thompson

SPONSOR A SISTER TO CHANGE HER LIFE - AND YOURS

"It’s true that Brita is my sponsored sister, but after I met her, I didn’t feel as if she was my sponsor sister, I felt as if she was my real sister. That was an incredible story, of how a person can connect in such a way with a total stranger."

Amela, programme graduate from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

PUT THE POWER OF SISTERHOOD INTO ACTION

Your monthly gift of £22 will help your sister learn skills that can change her life

In these challenging and uncertain times, the importance of community, hope and friendship has never been more important.

These values are the heart of our work at Women for Women International and our commitment to growing a truly global community. 

In 2008, Amela enrolled in our programme, which provided support, training and community for women affected by the legacy of war. She was matched with a ‘sponsor sister’ from the UK, Brita Fernandez Schmidt, and they began to exchange letters. 

More than 10 years later, Amela and Brita met for the first time – on the porch of her house, overlooking her garden filed with tulips which still return every year.

They remind her of the power of hope in the darkest times, and the bonds of friendship and community that kept her going and gave her strength.

Sign up to sponsor a sister before midnight on Tuesday 3rd November, and we will send your two tulip bulbs to symbolise your connection.

 

I am very glad that you know I exist, and that you exist. Thank you for helping me – so that my voice can be heard so far.

Amela, Women for Women International - Bosnia and Herzegovina

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

As soon as it is safe for us to reopen our in-person training and enrol new women, we will match you with your new sister! Your pack will contain information about your sister and her life, a photograph of her if she chooses to share one, and details about the country she is from.

QUARTERLY UPDATES

As your sister proceeds through the training programme, we will 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.
Amela - Credit Hazel Thompson
Amela, Women for Women International Programme Graduate, Bosnia & Herzegovina. Photo Credit: Hazel Thompson

I want to thank you for being my sponsor sister. I’m so happy that you know that I exist, and that you think of me.

Amela, Women for Women International - Bosnia and Herzegovina