History of Women With A Cause
Inspired by a World Vision AIDS Day Breakfast in 2005, Women With A Cause founder, Susan Kiely, learned about the plight of women in the developing world and a journey began.
Women With A Cause is dedicated to providing training in areas where there are job opportunities for women.
Where we have been
- Thailand: Susan traveled to Thailand to deliver patterns to the New Life Center. This center houses and trains poor woman, many have left the sex trade and have need of an education that will enable them to support themselves and their children. While at the NLC she taught the women how to construct, market and sell goods that the center could sell.
- India: In January of 2006, Susan Kiely made her first trip to India where she formed a partnership with Operation Mercy Charity Company (OMCC). Over the next few years, two training centers were built and staffed. OMCC was committed to bettering the lives of the Dalits (the Untouchables) and the oppressed castes of India. Through the financial efforts of Women With A Cause, the Economic Training Center was established. This center housed the Lydia Project, which is a company that produces beautiful one-of-a-kind clothing, jewelry, and tote bags. The sale of these items provided income for the women and gave them the opportunity to complete course work in pattern making, sewing, budgeting, and self-empowerment. In addition to training women, these small organizations offered micro loans for new businesses and provided education for children; which enabled the next generation to obtain good-paying jobs in their communities. After empowering over 800 Indian women in partnership with OMCC; Women With A Cause turned over the economic training centers and the Lydia Company to Operation Mercy, India.
- Ghana: The first lady of Ghana, Ernestina Mills invited Susan to bring economic opportunity ideas to a few of the nonprofits serving the capital city of Accra and surrounding villages.
- Ethiopia: In the spring of 2010, Susan first visited Yetebon, Ethiopia and began a partnership with Project Mercy. In March 2011, fifteen computers were delivered to Project Mercy and women were trained in computer skills which enabled them to obtain government and private sector jobs in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.Women with a Cause began working with the Mother & Child Rehabilitation Center (MCRC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2013. MCRC still provides shelter, food, education, medical care and therapy for children and their parents. Taking in extremely disadvantaged children from Addis Ababa and beyond, the center’s basic activities include feeding those in the program, providing a formal school education for the children and funding medical care for those in need. A large number of mothers participate in professional training opportunities. WWAC has supported several of these training opportunities, funding the tailoring program, culinary school and teaching the mothers to cook and work in restaurants as cooks. The sewing/tailoring course that WWAC funded was very successful and their output is being sold in the MCRC shop and nearby markets. Some of the parents participating in the project are also directly employed by MCRC, as teacher assistants, cooks, cleaners, gardeners, guards or laundry staff. At the helm of MCRC is Jutta DeMuynck, who has lived in Ethiopia with her husband since 2002. She started MCRC in 2006. She was also a teacher in Germany with the Helen Keller School at Wilhelm’s University Hospital in Muenster, Germany. She worked in an integrated setting alongside medical doctors, psychologists, physiotherapists, nurses, social workers and other teachers taking care of ill children who were hospitalized for long periods of time.
What We've Achieved
Partnered with the Rose Andom Center to improve the lives of domestic violence victims by combining community resources in a single safe location
Partnered with Denver based 501c3 agencies to build temporary and permanent housing for homeless and low income women.
Established the WE Initiative that will provide education for homeless and/or low income mothers and single female veterans
Created awareness of Third World conditions for women through events such as International Women’s Day and workshops