Employment, Job Related

Womens Education Project

  • New York, NY
  • www.womenseducationproject.org

Mission Statement

To help women of limited means realize their unlimited ability to change their lives.

Main Programs

  1. Sudar
  2. Ushassu
  3. Diya
  4. Aarti Home

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Service Areas

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International

Madurai, Hyderabad, Kadapa, and Bangalore, South India

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer since 2002

Self-reported

Zoe Timms

Keywords

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women's higher education

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EIN

22-3862361

 Number

7783973714

Also Known As

Women's Education Project (WEP)

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Employment Training (J22)

Public Foundations (T30)

Women's Studies (V32)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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For WEP students and their families, higher education is a means to a better standard of living. Women who advance to higher education are able to access stable, higher paying employment and have opportunities for career advancement. With the help of WEP, they will be healthier, more aware of their own potential, more confident and more involved in their communities.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Sudar

Sudar (meaning Light in Tamil) is WEP’s first center. Founded in 2002, seventy students currently attend the WEP-Sudar center, and of these, forty receive scholarships to local colleges. Once the college day has finished, students come to the center to enjoy nutritious snacks with friends and study in the library and garden.

Each semester, students choose between study skills, English, and computer courses. On weekends and during vacations, they may attend a teacher-training program, the lecture series on health, finance, civics and the environment, and local field trips to introduce them to career opportunities.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Female Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

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None

Budget

$30,000.00

Program 2

Ushassu

In 2008, WEP partnered with the MV Foundation in Hyderabad to form Ushassu (meaning Morning Light In Telugu). In January, the first ten students, all from landless farming families, were selected to attend college. In June 2009, fifteen more students were accepted into the program. All are attending a college in a village outside of Hyderabad.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Female Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

Program 3

Diya

WEP's Bangalore center helps young women, from grades 9-10 succeed in their studies so that they will go on to higher education.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

None

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None

Budget

$15,000.00

Program 4

Aarti Home

Supports the eldest students of the Aarti home, young women, to succeed in higher studies.

Category

Animal Control

Population(s) Served

None

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None

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Madurai, Hyderabad, Kadapa, and Bangalore, South India

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Womens Education Project

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Principal Officer

Zoe Timms

BIO

Zoe Timms first discovered the world of grassroots nonprofits when she was a student in the University of Wisconsin’s College Year-in-India program. Working with child laborers who had left work factories and fields and were studying for the first time, Zoe realized how much she wanted to help these ambitious children. “At this point,” she says, “I knew my career would be in grassroots education.”

After three years of working in New York with the Near East Foundation, Zoe returned to India. During this time, she met young women whose poverty made continuing an education and establishing a career impossible. Unable to afford college tuition, weighed down by family responsibilities, malnutrition, disease and violence, they instead ended up in low paying, often unsafe jobs and early marriages.

In 2002, Zoe founded Women’s Education Project (WEP) to help women in South India from the poorest backgrounds succeed in college and careers – careers that would lift their families from poverty forever. With the guidance of the local community in Madurai and Hyderabad, Zoe developed the center’s concept: a comprehensive program in a caring, supportive, environment of gardens, classrooms, libraries, and computers.

Today, Women’s Education Project, a New York based 501(C)(3) foundation, operates its first two centers, Sudar (“light” in Tamil), in Madurai, Tamil Nadu and, Ushassu (“morning light” in Telugu), in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Suparna Bhasin

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