CHANGE HER WORLD was created when Linda Willis, a retired teacher and Carol Hamilton, a nurse consultant/minister were confronted with the harsh realities of poverty and gender inequality during a study visit to Malawi, Africa in 2006.
As they embarked on a HIV/AIDS study visit to the rural region of northern Malawi, organized by Presbyterian World Service and Development (PWS&D), their encounters with girls and women ignited an intense desire to take action in some way. Returning to their homes in Stratford, Ontario, they began researching and dialoguing about what they could do.
Linda in her role as an advocacy volunteer with the Grandmother to Grandmother Campaign (Stephen Lewis Foundation) in St. Marys, Ontario had opportunities to share with local groups about the tireless work of grandmothers in Africa and their daily struggle to raise their orphaned grandchildren.
Carol had spent many years in private practice addressing the needs of new parents and infants and was well aware of the challenges facing new parents in Canada. As she dialogued with other health care professionals, it was clear that countless numbers of women in developing countries were dying in childbirth or shortly thereafter. Why was so little attention being paid to this epidemic?
Linda and Carol maintained correspondence with community leaders they had met in northern Malawi and in 2007 sent a shipment of school supplies to Chilumba for a new school which had just been constructed. DHL was instrumental in paying for the shipment of these supplies so desperately needed in this region. BUT WAS THIS ENOUGH?
After reading the books, Three Cups of Tea and Half the Sky, Linda and Carol made the decision that a new charity (not-for-profit corporation) was needed to provide financial funds and practical resources for projects in the developing world aimed at enabling and promoting the education of girls and women.
On February 1, 2010, notice was received that CHANGE HER WORLD had been approved as a Not-For-Profit Federal Corporation in Canada.
Ten months later, CHANGE HER WORLD became a registered Canadian charity with the Charitable Registration Number 816009252 RR0001.