21 Mar WAAW CEO, Dr.Unoma Okorafor’s Annual Remark
Dear WAAW foundation friends,
As we bring 2018 to a close, I would like to take a moment to reflect on what we have achieved over the past 12 months as well as express our enthusiasm for what is to come in 2019 and beyond. 2018 was a year of tremendous growth and inspiration for us at WAAW foundation. Not only have we managed to increase our program reach to other regions, impacting more African girls but also the level of our donor and board commitment has multiplied by several factors enhancing our stability and community support.
For example, our partnership with the Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) foundation and Mastercard foundation helped us expand the She Hacks Africa Coding Bootcamp Programs to 9 cohorts and implement outstanding Teacher Training programs both in Nigeria and Rwanda in partnership with African Institute of Mathematical science (AIMS), overall increasing our impact in these programs to over 250 Nigerian youth and over 800 teachers!
This year also saw us reveal a new pedagogy tools for our STEM educators; a free android based Mobile App for Nigeria secondary STEM Teachers that includes STEM SS1-3 curriculum. In addition, we organized our very first 3D printing after-school STEM workshop for 35 students, awarded 5 University scholarships to female undergraduates, launched 13 after-school STEM clubs working with our dear partners, Connecticut-based Level Up Village (www.levelupvillage.com) and impacted over 1,250 girls through the monthly College-to-secondary WAAW chapter outreach.
One of the highlights of this year is the interaction we continue to enjoy with our donors, grantors and partners. Thank you for believing in our cause and supporting us all through the year. We could not have achieved success without you. Your gift keeps on giving and empowering young African women.
As we continue to experience steady progress and see amazing results with our She hacks Africa program and the teachers training program, WAAW Foundation will continue to strive to unlock the vastly untapped potential in African girls to new global technology companies, and provide a scalable platform to bridge the high-tech skills gap while empowering the world’s most marginalized group, African Girls! We will continue to remain resolute, focused and committed to our strategic goal of transforming STEM education and increasing the STEM career pipeline for women in Sub-saharan Africa.
A special appreciation to our Governing board members who have stood as the pillar of WAAW foundation! My special thanks goes to Mrs Ozzy Ajibade who stepped in to lead our board courageously in 2018 and whose impact and support has been far reaching. Also thanks to our Vice President Mrs Ebele Agu who continues to provide unwavering support with her numerous volunteer hours and commitment to the growth of WAAW. Thank you, Thank you.
I truly appreciate all the commitment in time and resources from our board of advisers, which have been integral to WAAW’s progress. Also, a big thank you to our staff and volunteers who commit to fostering the mission of WAAW, day by day. The passion that drives you to make a difference in the lives of many African girls is truly refreshing.
There is still plenty to be achieved and 2019 is set to be our most impactful and exciting year yet. We will be sharing our many successes and great achievements as they are revealed. To prospective partners and volunteers who want to join us on this journey, we invite you to participate in this great call. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
I wish you all love, grace, the strength of deep convictions and the exhilaration of walking your unique life’s journey this year!