Welcome to our community. Here’s what we believe.

>> Giving people a new opportunity in life is much more impactful than giving charity.

>> West Africans living in poverty are ready to work for a brighter future. All they need is the opportunity.

>> Jesus has called us to love our neighbors, no matter who they are or where they live.

Based on these simple beliefs, WAVS opened its first vocational school in 2006 in a nearly-forgotten corner of the world – a tiny country in West Africa called Guinea-Bissau. Since then, the WAVS schools have prepared more than 1,700 students for work so that they can earn a reliable income and provide for their families for the rest of their lives.

We’d love for you to join us.

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The WAVS Team

Get to know the WAVS Board of Directors, the WAVS staff, and the staff at the WAVS vocational schools.

Board of Directors WAVS Staff School Staff
Almamo Danfa
The WAVS School being built

The WAVS Story

Read the story of how one woman with a vision formed key partnerships that have impacted hundreds of lives.

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WAVS Financials

View our public financial statements and our annual tax filings. GuideStar has awarded WAVS its Platinum Transparency seal, the highest level a nonprofit can achieve.

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WAVS Canchungo Campus

They are ready. Give them the opportunity.

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WAVS student working with a welding machine