What We Do
Hopes for Women in Education is a non-profit and volunteer based NGO, registered in Canada and Jordan, operating in the Middle East, to provide financial and non-financial support to Underprivileged, Refugee, Displaced and Non-Status women in becoming self-sustainable and financially independent. We aid on multiple key indicators including the allocation of Scholarships for higher education studies in both colleges and universities, conducting soft skills Trainings, forging Mentorship for growth, as well as facilitating Internship placements.
Hopes for Women in Education allocates full Scholarships to Refugee, Displaced and Non-Status women who exhibit academic excellence, economic hardship, and resilience of spirit. Our financial support includes Tuition, Transportation Stipends, as well as Academic Book fees. Every year, Hopes reaches out to the registered refugee camps, Community Development Centers and Women Programme Centers and conducts a call-out for applicants. In 2012, we received over two hundred applications.
Our selection criteria occurs in three phases. Phase one: Applications filtered. Phase two: Group Assessment. Phase three: Individual Interviews. Based on the resilience criteria in the interview, Hopes selects women who serve as Ambassadors of Hope, committing to volunteer with the organization, or in their respective communities, for two years following their graduation. The accepted Scholarship students must fill out all necessary progress forms and also actively participate in all activities planned during the entire academic year(s). Students are evaluated every semester on their Academic Report status, whereby, any student who falls below the minimum 70% (or Good) standing, is put on probation. Students that fail to raise their grades post probation will be terminated from the scholarship programme. Students that are able to life their grades thus after, continue with the programme as planned.
Hopes for Women in Education believes that in order to become successful in the workforce, our scholarship students need capacity building skills that compliments the knowledge they are gaining from their higher education. Therefore, Hopes has begun conducting training workshops on a variety of soft skills including: Computer Literacy, Conversational English, Creative Writing, Teaching Human Rights to Children, Leadership, Communication skills, Positive Attitude and more. The aforementioned trainings have been conducted by talented Hopes volunteers who possess the relevant expertise. Hopes has also forged a partnership with a training institution, which will conduct sessions on CV Writing as well as Job Interview Skills, for starters. By engaging our scholarship students in self-improvement, we are encouraging each of them to continue cultivating her potential.
Hopes for Women In Education values the personal relationship between the scholarship students with their sponsors, as well as with the Hopes team. Each student is required to fill two monthly progress reports; one for her academic performance, and another for her personal goals and achievements. With the gathering of all the students once a month for the Hopes Book Club, the team members sit with each student and discuss their difficulties so as to offer any additional support needed. Furthermore, the Hopes team is extremely accessible for the scholarship students at any time through the Student Relations Liaison Officer. Sponsors of the students’ scholarships are also given the option of being linked to their beneficiary, and on many occasions women who live across the world have become a source of support for our students via online communication. These relationships have become springs of hope that are nurturing the growth of the students as well as empathy in the team and sponsors.
Hopes For Women In Education facilitates internship placements so as to give our graduates the opportunity to obtain their first workplace experience, as well as build their resumes, to increase their employability. Hopes is constantly networking with other NGOs and companies in the local context, and so as one of the many ways that these institutions can support our cause, they can offer an internship spot to one of our graduates in the relevant field.