Sponsor a student and give them the opportunity to work for a brighter future.
One Student is 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. When you sponsor a student your monthly gift will help young people in West Africa learn life-changing job skills — one student at a time.
Each WAVS student invests in their own education by paying a small fee when they enroll, but this only covers a fraction of their overall tuition costs. One Student members help cover the rest by sponsoring a student’s education.
This works out to $120 for each student to complete a three-month job skills course. So for every $10 per month you give, you help train one student each year!
$10 x 12 months = $120
When you sponsor a student, you are helping pay salaries for qualified local instructors and providing students with the training resources they need, including textbooks, tools and equipment.
You can join the One Student community with a monthly gift of any amount. Many One Student members choose to give $40 per month, which helps train one student every three months.
Every quarter, 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.
Every $10 per month helps train one student each year
One Student is 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. As a member, your monthly gift will help young people in West Africa learn life-changing job skills — one student at a time.
West African youth equipped with life-changing job skills thanks to the One Student community.
Why Join One Student?
Sponsor a Student & Give Opportunity
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. Every $10 per month helps train one student each year.
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. By sponsoring a student’s education you cover the rest of the costs.
See Your Impact
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 through your sponsorship.
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 student sponsorship is helping give young West Africans the opportunity to overcome poverty through work. View The Yearbook.Learn More
Be Part of a Community
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
Not Ready to Give Monthly?
Make a one-time donation to give opportunity to a young person in West Africa.