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The WEP Story: Girls in India Succeeding in College, Career and Life
Tuesday December 13, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
Presented by Zoë Timms, Founding Executive Director, Women’s Education Project
Sponsored by Girls Thinking Global
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Zoë Timms presented the story of Women’s Education Project (WEP), an organization she founded in 2002 to help young women from poor families in India succeed in college and careers. The goal of the presentation is to share the growth of a grassroots organization, within an international structure, and the formation of a holistic model created by and for the girls themselves to address their needs. Take a glimpse into the lives of the students – young women living on less than $1.50 a day – and learn of their inspiring aspirations. Stories include the challenges of WEP students as they face the many problems of the poor in a rapidly changing country.
The webinar focused on key decisions the organization has made over its fourteen-year history, which have formed its values and a program much needed and loved by its students. The director will conclude with an overview of the organization’s model and five-year plan.
About the Presenter
Zoë Timms first discovered the world of grassroots nonprofits as a student of the University of Wisconsin’s College Year-in-India program. After three years of working in New York with the Near East Foundation, Zoë returned to India. During this time, she met young women with dreams of becoming teachers, doctors and entrepreneurs who had worked hard to complete their high school education. In 2002, Zoë founded Women’s Education Project (WEP) to help women in South India from the poorest backgrounds succeed in college and careers.
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