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More women will have the courage to go back to school

More women will have the courage to go back to school thanks to the Lise Watier Foundation and its collaborators

Fostering access to post-secondary education for women has always been at the heart of the Lise Watier Foundation’s mission, as it is a major factor in accelerating their success towards sustainable financial independence. The women supported by the Let’s Start Up Program can focus on their studies, their financial burden being reduced throughout their academic career. More specifically, they receive between $4,000 and $13,000 per year (depending on their status and the number of dependent children).

Since 2017, more than 24 women have received financial aid through the Let’s Start Up Program to pursue their post-secondary education. Whether it is through the completion of a technique in physiotherapy, a bachelor’s degree in social work or a certificate in special education, all have the same goal: to obtain a degree and access a job that will help them become financially independent.

The Lise Watier Foundation has been collaborating with Dans la rue for many years, which facilitates the recruitment of new participants for the Let’s Start Up Program – Education stream. The Foundation is now extending the reach of its action by joining forces with the organization Mères avec pouvoir. Thanks to the referral of these two organizations, the Foundation will support a higher number of women motivated by the desire to pursue their studies.

This year, the Lise Watier Foundation is proud to support 10 women in their education: resilient, determined and committed to their studies!

About de Dans la rue

Founded by Father Emmett Johns “Pops” in 1988, Dans la rue helps homeless and at-risk youth.

With dedication, empathy, and respect, and with the support of the community, Dans la rue cares for their immediate needs and helps them acquire the skills and resources needed to lead more autonomous and rewarding lives.

About de Mères avec Pouvoir

Mères avec pouvoir est un organisme à but non lucratif, visant à favoriser l’autonomie et l’intégration sociale et professionnelle de femmes cheffes de familles monoparentales à faible revenu, avec enfants de la naissance à cinq ans.

L’organisme facilite le cheminement des femmes grâce à l’accès à un logement social transitoire (pour 3 à 5 ans), un soutien communautaire et individuel et une place en CPE pour leurs enfants.

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Do you want to help women take the path to financial independence? Are you convinced that with help and support, women can achieve a transformative professional project that will ensure a better future for them and their children?

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” I felt exhausted, so I questioned my future. The program changed my life!  It allowed me to refocus on my needs and visualize where I wanted to go. I met women who gave me confidence and shared their knowledge to help me start my own business.


Let's Start Up Program, Entrepreneurship Stream

I am so grateful for the Lise Watier Foundation’s financial aid for studies. Thanks to this support, I have the tools I need to become professionally accomplished and to live again. I am proud of where I am today and I know that my children are too… and you can’t put a price on that.


Let's Start Up Program, Education Stream

Go ahead, believe in your dreams because anything is possible, really, ANYTHING! Never, at 60, would I have thought it was possible… But thanks to the Let’s Start Up program, I have come out of my shell; I now realize how much potential I have, and I know I will make it. 


Let's Start Up Program, Entrepreneurship Stream

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