I have known Zoe Timms, the founding director of Women’s Education Project for a long time, I would say almost 8 years and I have been involved with WEP in different capacities for the past 8 years from volunteering to raising money for the organization. I know also how hard Zoe works and I thought I knew what she accomplished in India. When I arrived to the first center in Madurai, I sincerely was amazed with the center with how it runs and overall energy of education and love.
One of WEP’s motto says $250 will send a girl to college. For these girls it is life time opportunity that they would never had if WEP did not offer to them. I knew that while I was in US, but after visiting the center myself I understood it does so much more. After I visited one of the students home, which is two small rooms with one metal bed I realized that the center creates the home for the students not only where they can be taught English and other curriculums, it is a home for their souls, it heals them, helps them to grow emotionally. It provides them sense of community and most importantly the girls know that somebody really care for them.
The center for girls is the place where they can be themselves, relax, dance, laugh, learn new skills, and become more confident.
WEP is helping students to become a next generation of women who will make the difference in their homes and communities.
I was thrilled to teach a serious of classes from “I am a leader program”, the communication chapter. Building the confidence through public speaking. I think while I taught the classes and I hope made an impact on girls by being an example, I transformed with them as well and learned so much from the students, they are all super dedicated and striving to learn.
Visiting one of the student’s house with Viji Lakshmi, the director of Sudar center in India, she a mother to all the students. Sudha and her husband were excellent hosts, fed us and took around their village.
Dancing with girls – warm up prior the class, the quality is a little bit shake – everybody was dancing.
Practicing their introductions with each other.
Everybody loved Power Posing by Amy Cuddy.