Women in Somalia are limited by poverty and oppression, but not by a lack of desire for education.
The Somali Women’s Scholarship Program (SWSP) was created with the knowledge that every Somali woman has the potential to make substantial contributions to the development of Somalia. We aim to support and encourage the development of leadership qualities by providing full university scholarships to women who are passionate about creating positive, sustainable change in their communities.
We ask each applicant to share with us in an essay their grandest vision for the future of Somalia and how, with the education we will fund for her, she will contribute to improving her community and empower other women. To read about a few of our 2010 Inspiring Women click here...
With no central government to fund education the SWSP works with private universities across Somalia, all of which operate with a mandate of gender equality.
Full university tuition and fees are funded by the SWSP. In addition, the women are provided with a living allowance which allows them to focus on their studies without the burden of poverty.
Education is a tool to create sustainable change in Somalia, a means for women to transform themselves and their communities. It paves the way for a generation of female leaders to hope, dream and take their rightful role in the development of their country.
For only $1,000 a year you can become the sponsor of an extraordinary Somali woman. In addition to her university education, your donation will provide her with books, pens and pencils, as well as a monthly living allowance. You will become part of her support network and watch as she fulfills her dream of becoming a community leader. After you Adopt-A-Student you will receive a package in the mail introducing you to your student with instructions on how we can facilitate correspondence.
Your donation can be made all at once or in easy monthly payments. When donating, just include a note that you'd like to Adopt-A-Student.
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