We believe that education is the key to transforming communities and reducing poverty, suffering, and injustice worldwide.
Education plays a vital role in creating and maintaining a healthy and successful life, providing people with the skills they need to overcome poverty, protect themselves from injustices and disease and live lives of freedom and opportunity. Educated citizens are citizens who are empowered to act as advocates for economic and social change. An educated population promotes a better-educated nation and an improved social structure.
What we’re doing about it
We promote positive, inclusive access to education—for those with disabilities, ethnic minorities, victims of trafficking, and the extreme poor.
Early Childhood Development
In partnership with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education, WHI supports the establishment of community-run Early Childhood Development Centers and promotes healthy parenting behaviors in northern Sierra Leone.
WHI’s work in child education in Sierra Leone, the Philippines, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and child sponsorship programs around the world provides the essential resources and support for children to receive a quality education.
In low-income countries, each additional year of schooling can increase a person’s income by 10%. WHI’s adult education work in Azerbaijan and Bosnia and Herzegovina supports a better-educated workforce and more stable economy.
In Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, WHI is engaging families in discussions to learn about topics such as parenting, domestic violence, communication, family budgeting, and community involvement.
In 2017, we celebrated our education impact.
Mother Support Groups
and 51 volunteers received early childhood development training, and 803 caregivers informed of new early childhood services in Sierra Leone.
received tailored tutoring sessions, and 20 students with speech difficulties or mental impairments worked with a speech therapist in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
registered young children
in early childhood development centers in Sierra Leone, and 200 home visits to vulnerable children.