Women's Education Partnership was
founded as a charity in 1999 by Lillian Craig Harris OBE and
Ambassador Alan Goulty, CMG. Initially named, Together for
Sudan, the charity has always existed primarily to support
displaced, vulnerable and disadvantaged women, regardless of
ethnic or tribal background, through education locally, in
what is now Sudan and South Sudan.
The charity is registered both in UK and Sudan and Lillian
Craig Harris and Alan Goulty are our life patrons. The
Director, who presently chairs the Board of Trustees, has
always acted in an honorary capacity and no remuneration is
paid to the Director or Trustees. Apart from 4 locally paid
Sudanese staff working in a small rented office in Khartoum,
all others involved with Women’s Education are volunteers.
We directly support the education
of disadvantaged and vulnerable women in Sudan and South
Sudan where the needs are great
We pay the tuition fees for over 100 women scholars at
university in Khartoum, Sudan and Juba, South Sudan. Over
time, we have supported 340 women who have graduated from
We provide additional English classes for our undergraduates
working in partnership with Khartoum International Community
We fund adult literacy circles for some of the poorest women
in Sudan. Over 350 women are benefitting now from this
We support eye care outreaches for women who cannot play a
full part in community or family life because of eye
problems. We treated over 4000 patients in 2015
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Earlier this year, we have held two receptions. In February,
on a windy evening in Sudan, 70 of our distinguished local
supporters and friends gathered at Fenti in Khartoum at an
event hosted by Samia Omar. 5 of our undergraduate students
spoke passionately about how funding from WEP had
transformed their lives. Education is opening doors for them
and they were hugely thankful.
Another group of distinguished supporters, including all our
Trustees and many of our patrons met in March at the House
of Lords in London. Baroness Kinnock welcomed us and offered
her full support and encouragement for the work we are doing
for women in Sudan and South Sudan.
I was privileged to be present at both receptions, having
spent 2 months in Sudan working with our staff and learning
more form our students.
Little by little our supporters and the women in Sudan are
telling us that WEP is growing stronger. Our adult literacy
projects in remote areas are welcomed and we are forming new
partnerships in Sudan and in South Sudan.
We are delighted to welcome new trustees and patrons to our
family. Dr Anna Snowden and Rita Bellamy-James have become
Trustees and Ambassador Micahel Aron, Muna Eltahir (
Director of Practical Action, Sudan), Mette Sunnergren (
Swedish Ambassador to Sudan) and Julia Waters ( Head of
Ursuline High School Wimbledon) have all offered their
enthusiastic support and join us as patrons.
Now we come turn to a graduation. On April 27th, 20 of our
students will graduate at Ahfad University in Omdurman and
there will be further celebrations. We will report soon
after that event and share their stories with you.
Women's Education Partnership makes no religious or cultural
distinctions in the way we allocate funds. Our aim has always
been for disadvantaged women in Sudan and South Sudan, to
flourish through the power of education. We want them to have a
better future for themselves and their families where war and
displacement in both countries has caused deprivation, hurt and
lack of opportunity. In both countries we want women to be
educated, literated and healthy.
Thank you for your support on behalf of the women of Sudan and
South Sudan. We can see that the work of WEP is making a
difference and that women are becoming more financially
independent and are taking up significant roles in their
communities, more empowered and better equipped to flourish
through the education they have received.
"Education for women is very much the
family business and has been for many many decades so I salute
the efforts or Women’s Education Partnership and wish your
ventures every success."
Zeinab Babawi, International Journalist and Advocate of Women's
"I want to congratulate Women's Education
Partnership on your long term commitment to changing the lives
of some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged women in Sudan
though education. "
Michael Aron The Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Sudan and
Patron of Women’s Education Partnership
"Education for any woman is the path to
equal and qualitative participation in decision making on all
levels. It must be a priority in Sudan to empower disadvantaged
women and assist them so that they can contribute to their own
wellbeing and develop a prosperous society for both women and
Ambassador Mette Sunnergren, Ambassador of Sweden
to Sudan and Patron of Women’s Education Partnership