In order to create a peaceful and just world, women must be included at the table in all important conversations, and access to advanced education is key to achieving this level of inclusion.
Open A Door provides potential female leaders from crisis countries access to college degrees by matching them with mentors who help them apply for US international scholarships.
Once they win these scholarships, we fund all expenses which are not covered by their schools. We offer them practical and emotional support to ensure their success in college and their careers.
Open A Door focuses on post-crisis countries because this is where women are the most marginalized. As these nations rebuild, there is a short window of opportunity for women to step up and be included, but it will only happen if women are prepared to be leaders.
We currently have 5 Rwandan and one Afghani student studying in the US on full scholarships. An additional 11 candidates are applying for Fall 2013 admission. All of our students are hungry to eventually return home and help change the trajectory of their country.