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historyWAAW Foundation was founded in 2007 by Dr. Unoma Okorafor while she was a PhD student, in response to a burning desire to see more women of African descent healthy, educated, and inspired to participate in home and community building. As a lonely African female voice in Technology, Unoma set out to create sustainable, long-lasting ways to support and educate African women in technology innovation.

WAAW Foundation recognizes that Female Education and Science and Technology Innovation are the two most crucial components to poverty alleviation and rapid development in Africa. The plight of the African woman against prejudices and huge societal disadvantages in often male dominated communities is still vastly unexposed, and requires a strong and compassionate voice. We believe that the woman is the pivot of the family and the family is the pivot of the community. Empowering an African woman is a gift that keeps on giving.

WAAW Foundation’s executive board comprises of African women in Technology and Education who are passionate about giving back. At WAAW Foundation, we possess an insider’s perspective and understand the challenges as well as the vast opportunities for social change that could yield economic and health benefits on an international level. We’re striving to use this perspective, along with the help of our ever-expanding WAAW community, to expose African women to STEM fields and all the possibilities that come along with an education.

WAAW Foundation is incorporated under the laws of the state of Texas, U.S.A. The Articles of Incorporation were filed in the office of the Secretary of State as provided by the general Not For Profit Corporation Act of Texas. In December of 2007, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) determined WAAW Foundation to be exempt from federal income tax under section 500(a) of the internal revenue code as a non-profit organization as described in section 501(c)(3). WAAW is also registered as a Non Profit Organization with the Corporate Affairs commission in Nigeria.

Support to fund the organization’s activities and programs is obtained through private and corporate donations. Administrative functions and organizing activities of the Foundation are performed by the executive board and member volunteers.