Wuha Sira Initiative

Written on February 16, 2017 by Campus Life in Other Activities

Wuha Sira– which means Water and Work in Amharic, the dominant language of Ethiopia – is working to help combat these issues. The Wuha Sira Initiative is partnering with the Salesian Mission and Mary Help College in Dilla, in the south of Ethiopia, to support women’s and girls’ education.

The Salesian Sisters operate a mission whose services include a vocational school for girls, with studies to obtain certifications in information technology, secretarial studies and fashion design. The girls who graduate often come from the poorest families and are all placed in jobs.

The sisters in Dilla are now building a 24-room dormitory to house needy students from outside the city. The total cost of the building is expected to be $350,000.

The construction of the dormitory project will be immediately halted if the Sisters are unable to cover the additional material and labor costs needed to advance the project into its next building phase.  The sisters are requesting we raise $10,000 with a 30-day fundraising goal.

Your donation in any amount for this project would promote the education of young women in Ethiopia and open the door to stable incomes for them and their families, providing a path out of poverty.

100% of all donations go to the project and we will provide you with a certificate of your donation for tax purposes.

Wuha Sira Initiative and Salesian Sisters thank you for your support!


Wuha Sira Iniative & IE Business School:

Wuha Sira was founded by Dr. Gayle Allard, who teaches Economics and African Studies at IE Business School in Spain, and IE and Brown University MBA students and alumni, working in partnership with the Salesian Mission in Dilla, Ethiopia. Dr. Allard and IMBA students have been working in Dilla since 2013 to address female education and clean water access.

The Salesian Sisters, a Catholic worldwide teaching order dedicated to educating girls in poverty, have been operating in Ethiopia since the 1960s. Their Don Bosco missions in large cities across the country are helping the entire community, but most specifically young women, whom they try to bring out of difficult circumstances and provide them with an education. To this end, the missions have health clinics, primary and secondary schools, feeding programs, orphanages, and vocational training programs in specific areas: IT, fashion design, and secretarial skills. The job placement rate for girls completing the programs successfully is nearly 100%.

Students from IE Business School have been volunteering for summer projects since 2013 to teach English and work on a clean water project to benefit the community, collaborating with local community leaders and planning and implementation experts, and partnering directly with water company Kinetico. As of 2017, IE Brown MBA students and alumni will join them in volunteering.


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