Support, Safety Nets and Social Networks: Building networks for support and social change

What is Sponsorship?

Our sponsorship program supports women survivors of war and conflicts as they progress through a one-year program that helps them rebuild their lives.

Your sponsorship funds are used to help women receive job-skills training, business and money management basics, and rights awareness education.

A woman cannot be enrolled in the WfWI program until she has a sponsor, so a sponsor's influence on her life could not be more important.

A Financial Lifeline to a Woman Survivor of War

After an initial enrollment fee of $30, we ask sponsors to make monthly, tax-deductible donations of $30. The money your sponsored sister receives provides her with a stipend that she can use for whatever she needs most: basic necessities such as food and shelter, school fees for her children or investment into income-generating activities.

A survey of WfWI participants showed that funds went toward helping themselves, their children and their future.

  • 25% of their funds went toward tuition for their children
  • 20% for clothing
  • 20% for savings
  • 20% for income-generation activities
  • 15% for food

The remainder of your sponsorship donations supports your sister as she progresses through the program, offsetting the cost of equipment, job-skills trainers and other vital staff members.

Once your sponsored sister has completed her one-year program, you are automatically matched with a new sister in need of your help.

We'll Keep You Informed of Your Sister's Progress

You'll receive periodic updates on the status of your sister along with stories from other women survivors and sponsorship community. Many sponsors exchange letters with their sisters.

The letter-exchange component of the sponsorship program serves as a source of emotional support and encouragement to the women in WfWI programs. For many women, knowing that someone they have never met is interested in their life and future, and is willing to provide them support gives them motivation to complete the one-year program.

As a sponsor, you'll also receive:

  • A Welcome Kit that tells you everything you need to know about sponsorship
  • A newsletter, with quarterly updates on our programs in the field
  • A sponsor log-in account for a portal where you can obtain updates on your sister and send letters electronically.