Women Empowerment and Development Organization

Crippling poverty. Nonexistent health care. Horrific domestic abuse. These, amongst countless other issues, are faced by women all over the world on a daily basis; these women have had their voices silenced for far too long. In 2012, the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old female student in Delhi, India made reached every crevice of the globe. It was devastating and unspeakably heinous, yet stories like this have become the norm for women. Throughout recorded history, women of all ages, races, and nationalities have been oppressed. Whether the oppression is physical, mental, or verbal, it is evident that sexism exists in the nooks and crevices of our seemingly utopian society. The Women Empowerment and Development Organization (WE DO) is an international student-run non-profit organization that is determined to amplify these voices and provide women the equality and opportunities they deserve; we serve as the voices of the unheard. WE DO is determined to help enable women to break the seemingly unceasing poverty cycle that they struggle with daily by finding those in need and providing them with the resources they require to succeed in their community. To ensure that our mission is being regarded with honesty, we have created criteria defined by household income, family members, whether or not the woman is a single mom, and more. These criteria are identified to WE DO when these ladies fill out a form, certifying that those who will be served by our institution are genuinely those in need, and not simply taking advantage of our service. We believe that we have started a great cause but we cannot do this alone. We need your help to train these women to help them support their families. Your donations will help support the following initiatives and activities:  

·       Project Sui Dhaga: Due to India’s vast and fruitful textile industry, WE DO created an establishment in which uneducated and underprivileged women will be taught in a free sewing institute so that they can benefit from and contribute to the economy around them.  The establishment, which is located in a rented room in Nalgonda, India, has brought together 10-15 underprivileged women for a few hours every morning to learn how to sew. The institution is free of cost for these women, and all expenses are covered by WE DO fundraisers in the United States. Expenses include the rent for the room, the instructor’s salary, cost of and maintenance of the sewing machines, cloth, and electricity.  Depending upon the USD to INR conversion rates, the monthly costs vary monthly and a brief estimation for the money is about $150/month.  *** As a result of COVID-19, WE DO has carefully assessed the situation and currently halted the Sui Dhaga institution for everyone’s health and safety. The project will continue its efforts upon the improvement of conditions and government allowance of resumption of activities. Regardless of this halt, we continue to collect funds so that once the situation improves and the pandemic goes away we can jump-start the project and continue right where we left off! 49800726_1597505279916144_r.jpeg49800726_1597505327871604_r.jpeg
·       The Amita Varma Case: Domestic abuse is a horrifically oppressive issue that women face around the world. WE DO has decided to aid one such victim. Amita Varma had an oppressive and belittling marriage, which ended recently when her husband violently attacked her. Following this, Amita decided to go to the police and is currently living in a government shelter with her children, aged 7 years old and 3 years old. Under the care and provision of the state, she is being protected from her husband by a restraining order against him. Unfortunately, she cannot remain in the shelter for much longer and needs to create accommodation for herself. Therefore, WE DO has taken the initiative to help her allocate and provide the resources she may need. These include basic necessities, a job, a place of residence for her and her children. Expenses that will used to aid Amita Varma will be for reasons such as giving gifts to her suffering children during religious holidays, helping her find housing, resume building, etc. With your help and the funds we collect, we hope to help Amita Varma build the life she and her children deserve. By helping Amita Varma, you can be part of the greater movement to end domestic abuse and violent oppression. 

·       The Health Equity Project: COVID-19 has devastated the world and affected millions of innocent lives. One of the most efficient ways to combat this pandemic is by simply use Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and wearing a mask! WE DO has enacted the Health Equity Project to provide necessary PPE to at-risk and deprived individuals to help them protect themselves from the spread of COVID-19. To do so , the members of WE DO have reached out to their local makerspaces to ask for donations of PPE, which will then be distributed to local women's and homeless shelters. This project has been enacted in two states thus far, Virginia and New Jersey, and we hope to continue to expand.

·       Local Shelters: While its crucial to empower women around the world, supporting underprivileged women locally through donations is of utmost importance as well. WE DO is using its own funds and asks for your help to provide for basic necessities like food, shelter, clothing, and career empowerment.

·       New Initiatives: WE DO is always looking for different ways that we can impact the world around us! We are always brainstorming for new initiatives that can help improve the lives of the underprivileged and oppressed. Your funds would be greatly appreciated and used for the right causes. Thank you!

Thank you for your contribution in helping those who have been silenced!


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