Over 500 students have attended the WEP program since 2002.
FACT: Of the 88% of Indian girls who enroll in primary school, 57.3% leave before 10th grade. Level-wise drop out rates between 1-10 for girls is 46.7%. (Ministry of Human Resource Development, Educational Statistics at a Glance, 2014 ( 8))
96% of WEP students graduate from college. 64% enter their first job with WEP’s assistance – many continue to work and enjoy fulfilling employment.
FACT: 22% of women between the ages of 20-24 reported a birth before age 18. (UNFPA, Adolescent Pregnancy: A Review of the Evidence, 2013 (17)
FACT: 40% of Indian Women marry before the age of 18 (the legal age for women in India). The percentage of women between the ages of 20-24 who married before 18 is about 47%. (UNICEF)
71% of WEP students marry after 21 (the average age is 23).
FACT: Malnutrition is a gender issue. Due mostly to girls’ low social status, poverty, and lack of education. 55.3% of Indian women are anemic (16% severely so). Of new mothers who are adolescents, 75% are anemic. (The World Bank, Helping India Combat Persistently High Rates of Malnutrition, 2013).
WEP students receive a daily nutritious snack at the Center.
FACT: Educated women marry later, lead a healthier home, gain safe workplace, resist abuse, and manage debt.
WEP’s I am a Leader participants become informed decision-makers on important issues.
FACT: Each additional school year increases a woman’s earnings 10 – 20%.
On average, WEP students double their family’s income.
FACT: India contains one third of the world’s female poor.
WEP helps women, whose families live on $1.50 a day, succeed in college and careers.