Her International - CANADA



Our mission is to provide educational opportunities and sustainable life skills to marginalized women and children.


Her International - CANADA was founded in 2005 to provide educational opportunities to marginalized women and girls. In 2018 that vision was expanded to make it easier for our US supporters contribute to the cause when Her International registered in the United States. 

The Canadian and US organizations both work globally to support greater chances for girls to learn as well as locally by supporting marginalized women in their own backyards. 

Learn about Her International - US at HerInternational.us
Learn about all of Her International's work at HerInternational.org


Her International - Canada runs education programs in Nepal, Canada, and popup training events around the world.


[nepal] scholarships

Her International supports girls from low-income families to attend school - girls who without this scholarship would be kept at home, sent to work as laborers in factories or fields, or even married off as child brides. 

Our program covers all school fees, supplies, and tutoring. Her International commits to support each student from kindergarten through grade 12. We also offer several university scholarship opportunities.


[nepal] microcredit & lifeskills

The purpose of the Microcredit and Lifeskills Mothers' Groups is to ensure the sustainability of the scholarship students' continued education through their mothers' attendance at monthly support meetings. These meetings teach the women to become self-reliant on a personal and financial level. These groups impact not only the individual families but the whole village community.

Currently Her International supports 980 women in 31 groups in the Dang region of Nepal.  


[global] empowerment workshops

Her International brings women around the world together to share their skills with one another through regular empowerment workshops. 

These sessions are facilitated by a volunteer presenter in a donated space. The workshop locations and topics vary from month to month. 

If you are interested in volunteering to run workshops near you, we would love to hear from you!


[canada] Mentor the Mentors

In collaboration with the Kelowna, BC based organization, Karis Support Society, to develop and deliver a comprehensive, custom training course for the volunteers who mentor the women who are transforming their lives after battling addiction and mental health issues. 


[canada] at risk women

Working to support homeless and exploited women, Her International works with HOPE Outreach to raise funds to provide resources and services for women in need in the Okanagan through the Hope in Her Eyes Gala.


[canada] Literacy for refugees

Her International partnered with Service d'Acceuil des Nouveaux Arrivants (SANA) in Trois-Rivières, Quebec to provide a 9 month French literacy program for newly arrived immigrants to Canada. 

The program is directed at women who are home-bound caring for young children and thus unable to participate in other language learning opportunities. These women are often isolated and thus unaware of how and where to turn to in the event of an emergency or abuse.

Her Business

Her International builds funding sustainability and offers ethical employment to women in Nepal through our social enterprise, Unako. Unako makes and sells fair trade scarves and jewelry. 

The scarves are hand sewn and the beads for the jewelry are made in a wood-fired, mud kiln from recycled glass bottles. 

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Her Leadership

Board of Directors

Kevin Edgecombe – President
Ann Haymond Hill – Vice President
Sylvie Forget – Treasurer/Secretary, Director of Donor Engagement
Francine Walker - Director of Product Design
Mandy Glinsbockel - Director at Large / Volunteer Co-ordinator
Heather Oishi - Director at Large
Chloe Edgecombe - Director at Large
Maureen Cousins - Director at Large
Christina Benty - Director at Large
Carolyn Walsh - Director at Large


Tamara McLellan & Kate Phelps, Co-Executive Directors
Karen Hughes, Finance and Administration Officer
Alyx Walsh, Donor Administration