One student at a time.
As a One Student member, your monthly gift will make it possible for students to attend WAVS vocational schools in one of the poorest regions of the world. Join a community of people who believe in a world where everyone has the opportunity to work for a brighter future — no matter who they are or where they live.
How your impact is calculated
One Student members keep tuition affordable for students at WAVS vocational schools by helping cover the cost of teacher salaries, textbooks, tools, and equipment.
Students invest in their own education by paying a small tuition fee. But tuition only covers part of the cost of their training.
One Student members cover the remaining costs: $40 per month. This makes it possible for a student to complete a job skills course every three months – a total of four students every year!
You can join the One Student community with a monthly gift of any amount. Even $10 a month is enough to train one student every year.
Every three months, you will receive an impact report in your inbox with personalized data, including the total number of students you have helped train with your monthly gift.
West African youth equipped with life-changing job skills thanks to the One Student community.
Why Join One Student?
More than 3 out of 4 students who graduate from WAVS vocational schools in West Africa have either started working or 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, most people live on less than $2 each day. Yet, the young people who call this country home are ready to work for a brighter 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.
Come alongside others who are helping create a world where everyone has the opportunity to provide for themselves and their family.
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
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 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 spread the Gospel in developing countries
“I am a firm believer in the following proverb: ‘Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.’ I believe this is an extremely powerful and tangible way to spread the Gospel in developing countries because not only does it help the students directly involved in WAVS, but it also equips them to provide for the needs of others and make new disciples of Christ.”
Member since 2020
To equip the people of Guinea-Bissau to be true transformation agents
“We support One Student because we have seen the incredible effectiveness of strong, Gospel-centered leadership to equip the people of Guinea-Bissau to be true transformation agents in their own communities.”
The Hawley Family
Member since 2017
To introduce students to Jesus and his love for them
“When I [Cheri] visited the WAVS school, I was able to see students learning career skills which gave them the opportunity to support themselves and their entire family. Most importantly they were also being introduced to Jesus and his love for them by passionate teachers who know God’s love and power in their lives.”
Cheri & Bill Sihota
Members since 2016