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Around the World with WEP!

On April 27, WEP students and volunteers in Princeton and Madurai, joined together to run, walk, and rally in support of girls and women’s education. A great international day for WEP!

A Run / Walk in Princeton, NJ 

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A Run/Walk in New York City’s Central Park 

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A celebration of Earth Day and a rally at WEP’s Hyderabad Center

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A rally for girl’s education at WEP’s Sudar Center

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A rally and sports day at WEP’s Kadapa Center

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A Student Story from Hyderabad

Below is a wonderful note from one of our students. She is from a poor family – her parents weave items from cloth and bamboo, and she has three younger brothers. Her younger brothers are all in school, and the eldest has begun working at a small company.

“I was keen to study and I felt very sad about my family position. Then I came to know about WEP and with the help of my school teacher I joined the local program. I am now studying happily with the support of WEP. Here many trainings are provided which I came to know about and learnt a lot, like domestic violence, photography, medicinal plants training, and health camp. I gained a lot of knowledge through these trainings. The exposure visits are also very useful and I enjoyed very much with all my friends. My parents are now feeling very happy with the support that WEP is giving me. My parents and I are very thank full to WEP.”

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NYC Circle of Light February Tiffin Talk Recap

Last week WEP’s NYC Circle of Light chapter held its monthly Tiffin Talk.  The theme of the conversation was the role of men in education and development.  Several points were covered, here are a few of the issues discussed:

- What do we mean by education? How is this definition different for the rapidly changing political and cultural landscape in India?

- Is ignorance bliss? What is the impact of education if it empowers and educates the girl, but she is s unable to follow her dreams, due to her socioeconomic circumstances?

- Is there a stigma around learning trade skills as opposed to the traditional educational system?

- The increasing entrepreneurial spirit in India and the rising middle class are slowly causing affordable and quality education to change from a luxury to a necessity.

- It is very important to educate both men and women to help break down gender bias.

Thank you to all who attended; we hope to see you at our next event! 

Traditional Day with our Alumnae!

Students presented Indian traditions at the WEP Madurai center.  View our album for more beautiful photos of this wonderful day!

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WEP’s Executive Director visits Hyderabad!

WEP’s Executive Director recently visited the Hyderabad center on her trip to India.  See more wonderful photos from her visit on our Facebook page!

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Volley Ball 2014!

A huge boost to confidence: sports. Here our Kadapa students have joined a local volleyball league.

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Celebrating Girls Day at Aarti Home 2014

See more pictures from the Girls Day celebration on our Facebook page!

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Eye Camp at WEP Madurai

Doctors from Aravind Hospital visited WEP Madurai this weekend to teach students and members of the local community about keeping their eyes healthy! After the doctors’ lesson on eye health, everyone participated in an “eye camp” and tested their vision. WEP HQ thanks the doctors from Aravind Hospital for this day providing an invaluable service to the community!

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WEP Madurai Celebrates Pongal (Pt. 2)

WEP Madurai celebrated Pongal last week and we wanted to share some of the festivity with you! In this clip, students and staff perform a kummi, a traditional Tamil folk dance. What a wonderful day!

 

WEP Madurai Celebrates Pongal

It looks like everyone at WEP Madurai had a wonderful Pongal – the photos we received are beautiful! (Stay tuned for a video as well!)  

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