About AWEF

AWEF was started in 2004 by a small group of committed individuals from Croton-on-Hudson, NY who believe that educating women is the single best way to help reduce the cycle of poverty, and improve the future of women and their families in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Board Members
John Conway
Carla Dago
Brigitte Davison
Connie DePinho
Claire Cronin

Eileen Keerdoja
Sue Ellen Maher
Richard Maurer
Br. Jack Rathschmidt
Richard Snow
Lori Vlad
Susan Vierczhalek

Ex-offcio Members
Emily Markowitz

Board members and volunteers at our most recent fundraising events helping to spread the word. All external expenses are paid for by board members, all raised proceeds go toward funding the education of women in Africa. 



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Mission Statement

AWEF’s mission is rooted in the belief that the single best way to combat poverty in the developing world is by educating women.  AWEF is operated exclusively to perform its mission which is:

AWEF is a not-for-profit organization that funds high school equivalent education for young women in Africa.  One hundred percent of the funds raised by AWEF goes directly to the schools that provide the girls’ education. 

Our volunteer board ensures 100% of your donation supports educational expenses.  All external expenses are covered by board members.