WOMEN'S Education fund

Through our Igniting Change: Women’s Education Fund Campaign our goal is to raise $75,000 for tuition, books and academic support for 30 talented and driven young women leaders.


Women can be the grass root leaders – if they are empowered
Make a difference one woman at a time
By: Jagdish Dalal

“Women make up more than two-thirds of the world's 796 million illiterate people. According to global statistics, just 39 percent of rural girls attend secondary school. This is far fewer than rural boys (45 percent), urban girls (59 percent) and urban boys (60 percent)”.
UN Women


There are many factors driving this number: gender bias, religious beliefs, cost, lack of access, poverty. The Pandemic is adding to these numbers on a daily basis. The impact of this lack of education is felt not just by individuals but by their families and society as a whole. For those communities, it means half of their population is discouraged from contributing directly to the betterment of society. A majority of girls and women stop going to school or college, not because they don’t want to but because they are unable to.

Educated women become leaders in their community providing services. Some go on to study medicine and become the only practicing physician in a community lacking access to health care. Some start at home business providing an outlet for their home-based creations. Each of them has an unfulfilled dream, not just for themselves but for their family, community and country. It is just that they lack the resources to pursue that dream.

It is difficult to address all of the underlying factors contributing to this lack of education. But, one of the drivers can be easily with access to funds for schooling. Wells Mountain Initiative’s (WMI) mission is to enable young people to realize their full potential and become leaders in creating the changes they want to see in their communities and, ultimately, the world. We foster social change at the local level by building a global network of grassroots leaders who are catalyzing community transformation across 47 developing countries.

WMI annually awards scholarships to worthy individuals to continue and complete their education in colleges of their choice. Each of the recipients is expected to stay in their community and “payback” through their talent and leadership. Post-graduation, we provide lifelong support, which includes professional development and social entrepreneurship training, community development grants to start and grow their own community projects and businesses, regular in-person conferences, and online webinars and support for in-country scholar

“What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who live in it after we are gone?”
Sir Winston Churchill

Support our Igniting Change Campaign

Why Join WMI for this Campaign?

Across the globe, women’s advancement leads to positive outcomes for all. Studies show that educating women is the single most impactful development investment you can make, benefiting the individuals, their families, communities and country. Women’s advancement is a catalyst for social transformations with significant impact on health, economy, social justice and the environment of nations.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note the name of the person you would like to honor in the notes section of your donation and include the name and email of the person you would like to receive a notification of your donation.  

Sponsor a Woman Scholar

Sponsor a Scholar today in honor of somebody who has made a difference in your life.

  • For $2,500 you can support a woman scholar for one year including the cost of tuition, books, academic and leadership support for 1 year. 
    • Each donor will be matched with a woman scholar and receive an annual update on their academic and community service work. 
    • You will also have the opportunity to name the scholarship in honor of a loved one.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note the name of the person you would like to honor in the notes section of your donation and include the name, email and/or mailing address of anyone you like to receive a notification of your donation.  

While studying in her home country of Malawi to become a nurse, Eluby Mwalwanda volunteers in a local clinic as a midwife. She provides care to antenatal and postnatal mothers, while offering some vital health education and support to them.

Liz Josiah, in addition to studying community development in Kenya, spends much of her time volunteering at children’s homes and shelters. She cooks for the children, spends quality time with them and shows them much-needed care and love.

Upon the completion of her medical degree Adama Fullah of Sierra Leone will be the only doctor in her cheifdom. She is also a women’s rights activist, with ongoing campaigns against female genital mutilation and advocating for girls’ right to education. 

Thank You!

Check or Credit Card Donation by Mail

Please fill out our WMI Donation Form and send your contribution to:

Wells Mountain Initiative
25D Main Street
Bristol, Vermont 05443

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