The story beings with the late Dr. Abaineh Workie. Dr. Workie dedicated his life to raising his family and improving the lives of his fellow countrymen. As an activist, Dr. Workie fought for democracy, inclusion and cooperation. He conducted research in social psychology, wrote articles promoting democratic principles, and mobilized communities to develop roads, bridges, water supplies and other infrastructure.
In the last months of his life, Dr. Workie shared his vision for WISER with his family. He described a nonprofit organization that uses research, education and outreach to improve the lives of marginalized people. Although he knew he would not have enough time to create WISER himself, his faith and hope for the vision persisted.
Almost fifteen years later, his vision became a reality. His youngest daughter founded WISER to stop social exclusion by building inclusive communities and equitable access to resources. Watch the video below to learn more about Dr. Workie. His life represents WISER values. He is the original WISER Hero.