WISER is a Kenyan NGO in partnership with Duke University. Formed in 2007, WISER got its start when Dr. Sherryl Broverman of Duke University was invited to a rural community in Muhuru Bay to research obstacles to girls’ education. WISER was developed as a means to combat the barriers that many rural Kenyan girls face in achieving secondary education.
The mission of WISER is to improve educational, economic and health outcomes for girls, particularly those orphaned by AIDS, while promoting communitywide enhancements in health and development.
The first graduating class received their KCSE, exam results in February of 2014. in the last 20 years, no girl had continued onto university from Muhuru Bay, but with a 100% pass rating on Kenya’s national examination the girls exceeded all expectations. 61% of WISER girls (17)qualified for university with 13 receiving full scholarships. After the release of the academic results, WISER is now ranked among the Top 100 Private Secondary Schools (for girls and boys) in all of Kenya, ranking No. 1 in Migori County.