Programs

SowHope inspires women around the world through
Wellness, Education, and Economic programs

Wellness

The Wellness program includes, but is not limited to, supporting women through physical and emotional projects such as: maternal healthcare; prevention of abuse, rape, and sex trafficking; counseling and recovery centers for victims of gender-related abuse issues; HIV/AIDS care and prevention; and clean water projects.

  • Birth Center Project (Haiti)
  • Catarach & Trachoma Surgery Project (South Sudan)
  • Obstetric Fistula Repair Surgery Project (Burkina Faso)

Ongoing Wellness Programs

Birth Center Project (Haiti)

Our partner in Haiti has undertaken a $100,000 project to build a birthing center to serve the rural community. During the initial phase of the project, the partner built a training center and began her own midwifery practice while training women and youth on health and wellness topics. SowHope helped fund necessary medical tools needed to continue the midwifery practice in the training center and in preparation for the completion of the birthing center. The tools will be used to assist 50 to 100 women in labor and delivery each year. SowHope has also helped fund the construction costs for the birthing center, which is anticipated to be completed within the next year.

Total project cost: $42,000

Cataract & Trachoma Surgery Project (South Sudan)

In March 2019, our partner in South Sudan held a two-week clinic that gave 442 back their sight. Women suffering blindness from eye disease, including cataracts and trachoma, received life-changing surgery and medication to restore their sight and independence. We hope to fund another such project in early 2020.

Total project cost: $13,000

Obstetric Fistula Repair Surgery Project (Burkina Faso)

Our partner in Burkina Faso has dedicated his life’s work to performing obstetric fistula repair surgeries for impoverished women in his home state of Burkina Faso. This project provides life-transforming surgeries for women who have become social outcasts due to the foul smell that results from the condition. This project combines post-operation follow-up and vocational skills training to assist the woman in transitioning back into her community. Twenty-four women will benefit from this project and our partner wants to continue to provide more surgeries for women.

Total project cost: $11,000

Education

The Education program includes, but is not limited to: basic literacy classes, vocational training, and technical training.

  • Nine Women Empowerment Projects (Nigeria)
  • Tailoring Training (South Sudan)
  • Tailoring Training (India)

Ongoing Education Programs

Nine Women Empowerment Projects (Nigeria)
One women’s association has undertaken several community projects to educate women by teaching literacy and offering vocational training, including sewing and farming classes. These projects aim to inspire more than 400 women over one year.
Total project cost: $10,700

Tailoring Training (South Sudan)
To empower women through self-employment, our partner in South Sudan purchased sewing machines in order to train women on basic tailoring and sewing skills. Women who completed the training can now work from home, afford to send their children to school, and earn extra income. This project serves 50 women.
Total project cost: $3,400

Tailoring Training (India)
Our partner in India has undertaken a large-scale tailoring training project designed to reach the most impoverished women in the area. Women receive hands-on training, including coaching from a local garment expert. Upon completion of the training, women are able to receive a sewing machine so they can work from home. 

Economic

The Economic program includes, but is not limited to: micro-economic loans and small business training.

  • Ten Women Empowerment Projects (Nigeria)
  • Savings and Internal Lending Communities Empowering Survivors of Sexual Violence (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • Microfinance Training and Transformational Development (Kenya)
  • Three-in-One Agropastoral & Health Project (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Ongoing Economic Programs

Ten Women Empowerment Projects (Nigeria)
Women’s associations in two local communities have begun economic projects consisting of small business training, money-saving techniques, and microfinance training. The associations also teach women how to buy and sell goods for profit; while teaching them baking, bag-making, and sewing techniques. These projects anticipate helping almost 350 women over the next year.
Total project cost $6,650

Savings and Internal Lending Communities Empowering Survivors of Sexual Violence (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Our partner in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is empowering survivors of sexual violence through the creation of savings and lending groups, training and support in the rearing of livestock as income-generating activities, and individual and group psycho-social support. 150 women have been selected to complete this project.
Total project cost $20,593

Microfinance Training and Transformational Development (Kenya)
Our partner in Kenya is preparing a leadership and microfinance training course to help women become more self-sufficient and start projects that they themselves will manage. The project hopes to change current social structures and prevent women from getting caught into repeated remarriage cycles by teaching them marketable skills to create an income. The project intends to help up to 800 women over the next two years.
Total project cost $23,489

Three-in-One Agropastoral & Health Project (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Our partner in the Democratic Republic of the Congo aims to alleviate poverty and promote dignity and self-esteem for vulnerable, impoverished women. This project provides training in farming  and raising livestock; including milk production, breeding and selling animals, and crop yield enhancement to provide food security. Women will also receive care for easily treatable medical conditions they would otherwise not be able to afford. It is anticipated that at least 1,500 women will benefit from this program.
Total project cost $20,000

A SowHope Project in Africa

Where we have funded projects: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, South Sudan, Thailand, Uganda, & Zambia

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