We work to empower vulnerable women, girls and communities through education.
We partner with local, sustainable education projects in the UK and worldwide, helping them get the funding, knowledge and skills they need. We amplify the voices of our partners, supporting them as they provide education powerful enough to end poverty.
We partner with projects with a proven track record of assisting disadvantaged communities through education. In practice, this means working with projects that help girls and young women to get the training required to enter a high-quality job. This enables them to lift themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty for good. For example, many of the colleges we work with train women to enter professions such as nursing, hospitality or retail. Our partner programmes are run by and for local people, which is crucial to ensure that the education they provide is relevant to local job markets, and that projects are sustainable. Wonder’s partner projects offer education as means to end poverty, but they also provide essential personal development support. This ensures students are resilient enough to complete their education and use it to improve their own lives.
Our support and activities are tailored, but broadly fit into four main areas:
Sharing knowledge: sharing successful models between our different partners, conducting research in policy or country-specific questions. Take a look at our Helping Hands project to explore how this works.
Raising awareness, influencing policy: organising workshops, conferences and other events to draw attention to key issues for our partners and advocate for certain policies where relevant. A key recent example is our "Women Breaking the English Barrier" research.
Fundraising & investment: helping partners apply for grant funding, mobilising private donations through events, individual contacts and diaspora groups in the UK.
Community engagement: encouraging co-production at every level of project design and implementation. For an example, see our A Refugee Like Me project.