World University Service of Canada (WUSC)

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MISSION AND VALUES

Our vision is a better world for all young people. It is a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable world in which all young people, especially women and refugees, are empowered to secure a good quality of life for themselves, their families, and their communities.

We work with a diverse network of students, volunteers, institutions, governments, and businesses to improve education, economic, and empowerment opportunities for young people.

  • Inclusivity

    We take a people-centered approach to development. We respect the contributions and diversity of volunteers, staff, partners, and development agents. We prioritize our support to some of the most marginalized.

    Leadership

    We inform, engage, convene, and mobilize diverse development actors. We facilitate collaboration for sustainable development. We strive to be a strong voice for youth on the global stage.

  • Sustainability

    We use an evidence-based approach in our work. We develop initiatives that produce measurable and sustainable results. We promote local ownership among development agents to ensure long-term impact.

  • Facilitation

    We acknowledge that our work is only one step in the development process. We improve opportunities for people and partners who become agents for change. They use the knowledge and skills they gain to support further local and global development.

  • Integrity

    We build accountability measures into all our initiatives and offer transparent reporting.

OUR HISTORY

WUSC (World University Service of Canada) was founded in the 1920s as part of a global network that provided support to displaced students in post-war Europe. Since then, we have evolved into a Canadian global development organization working in over a dozen countries around the world that supports education, economic opportunities, and empowerment for youth, their families, and their communities.

Kenya boasts East Africa’s most powerful economy, with a fast growing middle class. The county’s relative political and economic stability has attracted hundreds of thousands of refugees, many of whom were escaping violent conflicts in neighboring countries. Meeting the education and employment needs of refugees has been a challenge. Working in the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps and neighbouring communities, WUSC is addressing the barriers that prevent youth from accessing quality education, particularly young refugee girls. WUSC also recruits for the Student Refugee Program in Kenya. Our work in Kenya is funded by UK aid’s Girls’ Education Challenge, the US State Department Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration, and the Humanitarian Education Accelerator – a joint initiative of DFID, UNICEF, and UNHCR. Through the Field Support Services Project, WUSC also provides a range of technical and logistical services to Global Affairs Canada in Kenya.

46,790,758 total population
59.7% population under 25 years of age
43.4% population living below national poverty line

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