News & Updates

LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics Sponsors WEIF
WEIF is delighted to announce its new partner: LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics! Through LUSH's Charity Pot Program, LUSH has contributed to the expansion of WEIF's Village Improvement program—a replication of the highly successful CIDA project in Gadchincla and Divshi—to Ghadne and Bahare, two neighbouring villages of the Nareshwadi Learning Centre.
Contribution from Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
WEIF is extremely pleased to announce that the Canadian International Development Agency has approved a grant of $480,974 in support of WEIF's initiatives at the Nareshwadi Learning Centre. This contribution will enable the construction of a Girls' Hostel, the renovation of the Vocational Training Centre, and upgrading the facility to include a training centre for young women seeking certification as healthcare workers or Early Childhood Education teachers. WEIF is very proud of our partnership with Girivanavasi Educational Trust (GVET), and grateful to CIDA for allowing the exemplary work done at the Nareshwadi Learning Centre to continue.
New Partnership: Somaiya Action for HIV/AIDS Support, Mumbai, India
WEIF is partnering with Somaiya Action for HIV/AIDS Support (SAHAS) in an urgent intervention to rescue a HIV/AIDS Community Care Centre (CCC) in the urban slums of Mumbai from closure in 2012.
Kilimanjaro Climb, Tallest Mountain in Africa
Salim Kara, a member of WEIF's Board of Directors, is fulfilling a life-long dream of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in support of WEIF's projects in India and Pakistan. Salim ascended to the "Rooftop of Africa" on September 25th, 2012. Mr. Kara covered his own expenses for the trip, and all funds raised will be contributed toward WEIF's program.
WEIF Intern Visits India Project
In the summer of 2012, Erin Balcom, a University of Alberta student and intern with WEIF, spent two months volunteering at the Nareshwadi Learning Centre in Dahanu Taluka, India. During her assignment, Erin worked one-on-one with the children at the Centre, participated in WEIF's village-outreach initiatives, and visited an HIV/AIDS clinic in the slums of Mumbai—WEIF's exciting new partnership for 2013.

About WEIF

Women's Empowerment International Foundation (WEIF) is a registered Canadian charity (RR #89650 1806 RR0001) dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in the poorest districts of Central and South Asia. Operating on the principle that long-term social change is most effectively accomplished through initiatives that promote self-sufficiency and sustainability, WEIF's projects are community-driven solutions to the challenges arising from extreme poverty and social inequality.

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