IEWAD provides educational scholarships to support formal and/or informal education of girls and women in sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora who are economically disadvantaged.
The Grace Scholarship Fund (formerly named the Abidjan Scholarship Fund) was created in 2001 to support the educational aspirations and goals of female secondary school students. The fund has supported 40 students at the Lycée Moderne d'Abobo (Abidjan) and the Lycée Moderne de Tiassalé (Tiassalé) in Côte d'Ivoire.
The Grace Scholarship Fund will be launched with an expanded focus on educational support, mentoring, future orientation, and empowerment for secondary school young women.
On January 12th 2013, in collaboration with the Ivorian Center for Civic Education for Sustainable Development (CIVED) and POWER Inc., IEWAD organized the 1st Leadership Café for Young Women in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.
The Leadership Café based on the model of the "World Café ™," is a tool for effective consultation to create a dialogue around key issues related to real-life participants. The discussions focused on identifying the different concerns, relevant problems and proposing appropriate solutions to improve the lives of young women in the Côte d'Ivoire in a sustainable manner. Four topics were discussed: sexual harassment, work experience, the problem of gender, and securing funding for projects.
Copies of the report are available here in English and French.
We collaborate with other non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, or missions to provide or support needed services or supplies whenever possible.
IEWAD sews and distributes warm "Love Blankets"to several orphanages in South Africa. In collaboration with All Things Artistic Ministries, Inc. and local missionary groups, IEWAD sews and distributes pillowcase dresses for young girls throughout the world.
"I believe that the rights of women and girls is the unfinished business of the 21st century."