About 2017-04-02T07:15:41+00:00

ABOUT US

We are a North American not-for-profit, registered in Canada and the United States. Our purpose is to empower young women, primarily in the developing world, through providing scholarships for post-secondary education.

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We aim to lift such young women, their families and their communities out of the cycle of poverty and despair by igniting a spark of hope. We also believe that empowering young women, especially those from countries in turmoil, strengthens local communities and is key to creating long term transformational change.

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Our focus is bright young women, who demonstrate leadership potential, but lack the financial means to afford a quality university-level education.

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By working closely with our on-ground partner in the student’s country of origin, we support such young women in three ways. Please click here to learn more our core programs.

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OUR UNIQUENESS

  • Our emphasis on developing women leaders;

  • our focus on the developing world, especially areas of conflict or those that are under-served;

  • the financial support we leverage from our on-ground partners and university affiliations, generally on a 1 : 6 ratio;

  • our strong on-ground assistance for selection, screening and supporting students;

  • involvement that begins before university, and continues during and after university;

  • our access to full scholarships at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, professional and Doctorate levels.

OUR VISION

Over the next 10 years, we’d love to support 1,500 young women leaders achieve university education, at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, Professional and PhD levels. We’d love your support in making their dreams come true!

1,500

students at all levels

$150M

current costs, CAD

$30M

fund-raising target, next 10 years

$120M (83%)

contingent commitments to date

OUR TEAM

Our Boards of Directors provide governance, oversight and long term strategic guidance

Board of Directors, Canada:

Doug Lawson, Chair
Doug Lawson, Chair
Lesley Gouldie
Lesley Gouldie
Hassan Shaikh
Hassan Shaikh
Diamond Lalani
Diamond Lalani
Sadia Zaman
Sadia Zaman

Founder and CEO:

Narmin Ismail
Narmin Ismail

Board of Directors, USA:

Karim H. Ismail, Chair
Seema Kara
Kristina M. Kwalik, PhD
Sharmeen Lalani-Fade

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization.

In addition to our Board of Directors and Lead Volunteers, there are many other volunteers who support our efforts through their on-going hard work. We are deeply grateful!

Lead Volunteers:

Narmin Ismail
Farah Bundeali
Rafiq Khimani
Rafiq Khimani
Mira Djurovic
Mira Djurovic
Aly Champsi
Aly Champsi
Shaheeza Lalani
Shaheeza Lalani
Hussein Hirji
Hussein Hirji
Salim Nensi
Salim Nensi
Sabrina Khamisa
I’D LIKE TO VOLUNTEER!