One student at a time.
One Student is a community of monthly givers who believe in a world where everyone has the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families. Together, we work in one of the world’s poorest regions to equip youth with life-changing job skills – One Student at a time.Join One Student
West African youth equipped with life-changing job skills thanks to the One Student community.
Why Join One Student?
More than 75% of students who graduate from WAVS Vocational Schools in West Africa have either started working are continuing to study. A $40 monthly gift helps train one student at a time.
In a nearly-forgotten corner of West Africa called Guinea-Bissau, two out of every three people survive on less than $2 each day. Yet, the young people who call this country home are ready to work for a better future. All they need is the opportunity.
WAVS Vocational Schools in Guinea-Bissau train more than 200 students each year in courses including welding, computer basics, and foreign languages — equipping them with skills that translate into jobs. More than 75% of recent graduates have either started working or are continuing to study.
These graduates are now able to use their skills to provide for themselves and their families — for a lifetime.
It takes three months for a student to complete a job-skills training course at the WAVS Schools. Each student invests in their own education by paying an affordable tuition fee. Your $40 monthly gift covers the rest of the costs.
At the end of each three-month school term, you will receive an impact report with personalized data, including the total number of students that you have personally helped train.
You’ll also get a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of the students and teachers through stories, photos and videos in The Yearbook.
The Yearbook is your behind-the-scenes look at the WAVS Vocational Schools in West Africa. Once every three months, The Yearbook is updated with the latest stories, photos and videos from the last school term. See how your investment in One Student is helping give young West Africans the opportunity to overcome poverty through work. View The Yearbook.Learn More
Come alongside others who are helping create a world where everyone has the opportunity to provide for themselves and their family.
To stay connected to the movement
“We give to WAVS to stay connected to the movement. The movement of individuals bent on building a better future for themselves, their families, and their country. You inspire us!”
The Smith Family
Members since 2015
To be a part of what God is doing in Guinea-Bissau
“We give because we have been given so much and it reminds us that all we have is from God. We love that our family gets to be a part of what God is doing in Guinea Bissau through WAVS. Our family can skip one meal out a month and provide a student with training. We love that $40 a month can make a big difference in Guinea-Bissau.”
The Isch Family
Members since 2015
To make a long-term difference
“We need more organizations committed to building the whole person. Caring about their health, education, relationships and spiritual life. Giving to WAVS is a no-brainer for our family because we know we are using our resources to make a long term difference in one of the world’s most challenged communities.”
The Feil Family
Member since 2015