Convocatoria de Propuestas

WWIE aceptara las propuestas de la concesión en temas de Desarrollo Económico y Educación; Salud y Conciencia Sexual; Desarrollo de Liderazgo; y Enriquecimiento Cultural.

Por favor complete el formulario de inscripción y devuélvalo por correo o por correo electrónico ( antes del 11 de septiembre de 2015. Las concesiones pueden ser de $500 a $5,000.

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Call for Proposals

WWIE is currently accepting proposals in all of our priority areas: Economic Development, Education, Cultural Enrichment, Health and Sexual Awareness and Leadership Development. Grant applications are available on our website and are due by September 11, 2015.

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Pedido de propostas

A versão em Português do pedido de subvenção pode ser encontrada aqui.

Our Focus

When and Where I Enter, Inc. supports critical projects and organizations working to improve the quality of life of Black women and girls in Latin America in four priority areas:


Terms for Black Identity

The words that ethnic and racial groups choose to identify themselves often evolve over time. Local movements, racially-conscious activists, and lay individuals in both Spanish-speaking Latin America and in Portuguese-speaking Brazil are increasingly using the terms Negra (Black woman), Negro (Black man) and Afrodescendiente (African descendent). These words are often used interchangeably by Black Latin Americans, to denote dignity and pride in their contemporary identity and to stress their ancestral connections with Africa.

The terms Negra and Negro have long held pejorative meanings in Latin American societies. They were considered, and are still considered by some, to be insults that connote inferiority in the context of racial hierarchy.

Those who embrace Negra, Negro and Afrodescendiente do so as acts of self-determination, self-identification and power. They are undermining the negativity associated with these words and are rejecting labels that, in a racial spectrum, are intended to distance them from Blackness.

In the United States and other parts of the Global North, the terms Afro-Latina and Afro-Latino are commonly used. In Latin American countries, people generally do not use these terms.

When and Where I Enter, Inc. respects people’s right to identify themselves however they choose. We prefer to use terms that Afrodescendents choose to identify themselves. You might occasionally see the term Afro-Latina on our website, particularly when someone we write about someone that uses this term to refer to herself. When referring to people of African heritage in Latin American countries, we generally opt to use the words people in the region select to identify themselves, especially if the intention is affirmation and empowerment.

New Board Members Make Waves

When and Where I Enter, Inc. (WWIE) is marking 2015, its 10th anniversary year, with some bold changes. The foundation, which raises funds and provides grants to support women of African descent in Latin America, has increased its number of board members from five to 14. Meet WWIE’s Board of Directors here.

The foundation has found a new flow with the new team. “It’s incredible and everyone is working so hard,” says WWIE Founder and Executive Director Veta Byrd-Perez. “People put their energy in and do their jobs well. I couldn’t be more pleased with the work that they’ve already done.”
With more hands to help, WWIE will be able to broaden its reach to supporters in more U.S. cities, including but not limited to Washington, D.C., New York, Miami, San Francisco and Atlanta. The board is compromised of members who hail from, have relocated to, or obtained their degrees in, these cities.

They want to ensure that Black women in Latin America, who face tremendous obstacles including disproportionate poverty and deeply ingrained sexism and racism, are supported in their efforts to create social change. The new and continuing board members come from a variety of national backgrounds and professions.

“We have a diversity of opinions and perspectives,” says Byrd-Perez.

With more members in additional cities able to build on WWIE’s first decade of work, the board has plans to heighten community involvement. Byrd-Perez would like university students to collaborate on fundraising efforts. She also wants to raise awareness about the challenges facing Afro-descendant women in Latin American countries.

“We are looking to increase our funds so that we can award more grants,” Byrd-Perez says. “Fundraising is important…and along with that comes awareness. The more people are aware about the issues and work that we are doing, I’m hopeful the funding will increase.”
In just a few short months, the team has put its energy into marketing, planning events and updating WWIE’s online presence. The foundation is focusing on maintaining communication with current grantees and reaching out to new corporate and individual donors.

The grants WWIE gives make it possible for constituents of grassroots organizations in Latin America—Black women and girls—to develop a wide range of skills and to deepen their knowledge about sexual and reproductive health. WWIE also supports leadership development in order to facilitate women’s projects and initiatives that positively impact their communities, while uplifting their cultural heritage.

By Tia Simmons

Impacto en Colombia

Elsi Angulo, dirigente de la ONG Despertar en Tumaco, Colombia, comparte su punto de vista acerca del efecto duradero en su comunidad de una subvención de When and Where I Enter, Inc.
La ONG Despertar con sede en Tumaco, en una de las zonas más complicadas actualmente en Colombia, recibió un grant de parte de When and Where I Enter para un proyecto muy interesante. Gracias al grant pudimos desarrollar una Escuela de Liderazgo para mujeres y adolescentes de Tumaco, que generó actitudes de cambio y sensibilización frente al tema de género y étnico, con el enfoque afrocolombiano, destinados a potenciar la autonomía personal y la responsabilidad individual de mujeres jóvenes. Este programa fue muy éxitoso y aún sigue dando frutos a las beneficiadas y a la comunidad en general y se ha multiplicado lo invertido de muchas formas. En Tumaco no habiamos tenido un proyecto de esta clase y magnitud así que When and Where I Enter y la señora Byrd nos facilitaron hacer este trabajo por nuestra comunidad y estamos muy agradecidos.

columbia-wwieCreo que When and Where I Enter es una organización pionera en centrar su atención en la mujer Afrolatina. Eso es muy importante porque significa que realmente conocen y siguen nutriendose de las verdaderas historias de vida de estas mujeres negras en latinoamerica. Mujeres en desventaja comparadas con el resto de la población que luchan cada día por seguir adelante por ellas mismas y por sus familias. Esta organización verdaderamente esta empoderando a la mujer Afrolatina. Me gusta porque no hacen las cosas demasiado complicadas para las organizaciones como Despertar a la hora de aplicar a los recursos. Hay muchas oportunidades que se pierden porque algunos donantes tienen demasiadas exigencies y la verdad hay organizaciones de base en estas comunidades a quienes se les dificulta a veces acceder a la Internet o a un computador,una muestra más de las desventajas de estas comunidades. Cuando When and Where I Enter apoya a organizaciones como Despertar esta ciertamente apoyando a las mujeres que lo necesitan,los resultados saltan a la vista.Esta es una organización maravillosa que debe también seguir siendo apoyada dentro de los Estados Unidos por las personas generosas que hacen sus aportes para que así pueda seguir ayudando a otras menos favorecidas.

Elsi Angulo, leader of the NGO Despertar in Tumaco, Colombia, shares her perspective about how a grant from When and Where I Enter, Inc. is having a lasting effect on her community.
The NGO Despertar, based in Tumaco, currently one of the areas facing the most difficulties in Colombia, received a grant from When and Where I Enter for a very interesting project. Thanks to the grant, we were able to develop a School of Leadership for women and teens in Tumaco, which resulted in changes in attitude and increased awareness about gender and ethnicity with an Afro-Colombian focus. Our goal was to enhance self-determination and individual responsibility among young women. This program was very successful and is still bearing fruit for participants and the community in general. The investment has multiplied in many ways. In Tumaco, we had not had a project of this type and magnitude. When and Where I Enter and Ms. Byrd facilitated this work for our community and we are very grateful.

I think When and Where I Enter is a pioneer organization as one that centers its attention on Afro-Latina women. That is very important because it means we really know and continue nourishing by the real-life stories of Black women in Latin America, disadvantaged women compared to the rest of the population, who struggle every day to progress for themselves and their families. This organization truly is empowering Afro-Latina women. I like it because they don’t make things too complicated for organizations like Despertar when applying for grants. There are many missed opportunities because some donors make too many demands and there are grassroots organizations that at times find it difficult to access the Internet or a computer, a case in point of the disadvantages of these communities. When When and Where I Enter supports organizations like Despertar, it is certainly supporting women in need. The results are obvious. This is a wonderful organization that should continue being supported in the United States by the generous people making contributions so they can continue helping disadvantaged women.

Fall Newsletter 2012

When and Where I Enter, Inc. is excited to present our first newsletter!  Please click here to read about our latest news and upcoming events. We will be sending our newsletter out periodically to let you know about upcoming events, activities of our grantee organizations and volunteer opportunities.  In this issue we have included information about two of our three grantees. The third grantee will be featured in our next issue. We are also featuring a new program called Friends of WWIE. This program was created to fund a grant for economic development and education. Lastly, you’ll find an article about our upcoming annual fundraiser Salsa Under the Stars: A Fifth Anniversary Celebration on Friday, October 19th, 2012. This will be an unforgettable evening at The Alden Hotel, a semi-outdoor oasis in the heart of downtown Houston.

WWIE was created to empower Afro-Latina women and girls to improve the quality of their lives and to become self-sufficient contributing members of the community through meaningful socio-economic participation. Over the past four years, we have had the privilege of awarding $44,000 to ten organizations in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Our work and our grants are only made possible because of you, our supporters. We truly appreciate your support and we look forward to many more opportunities to share more about our work in the months to come.



Veta Byrd-Perez

Founder and Executive Director

Friends of WWIE Grant

When and Where I Enter, Inc. is excited to present the new Friends of WWIE Grant, which will further build on the success achieved by our grantee organizations in the creation of sustainable micro-enterprises.  The Friends of WWIE Grant is a $5,000 grant that will be awarded to one organization for education and economic development projects.

You, our wonderful supporters, now have the opportunity to contribute directly to this grant and become a Friend of WWIE.   Your donation will be directed to the Friends of WWIE Grant to empower Afro-Latina women and girls to access educational and economic opportunities to transform themselves and their communities.  To become a Friend of WWIE, simply make your minimum donation of $50 by clicking here and indicate in the description line “Friends of WWIE.”  Once the Friends of WWIE grant has been awarded, you will be able to see exactly how your donation was used and the impact that your donation has made on the lives of Afro-Latina women and girls.

We thank you in advance for your consideration and support!

Our Sponsors – Thank You!

A special thank you to the sponsors of Salsa Under the Stars: A Fifth Anniversary Celebration*


  • Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
  • Damon and Tanya Easter
  • David Perez and Veta Byrd-Perez


  • Quinton and Tomeka McLeod
  • Vinson & Elkins, LLP


  • The Center for the Healing of Racism
  • Kenneth and Flora Davis
  • Sonya Haynes
  • Maurice and Miara Shaw


  • Roslyn Bazzelle and Derrick Mitchell
  • Amanda Edwards
  • Heather Holland
  • Dr. Rosell Jenkins
  • Cynthia Justice
  • Daniella Landers
  • Timon Lyons
  • Dr. Olivia McGill
  • Jack Wootton

*As of 9/12/2012

Learn more about sponsorship here.

Leadership Development

WWIE supports organizations that recognize the value of Afro-Latina women and girls as assets to their families and communities and that promote leadership skills to empower women and girls to become active social change agents and participate more fully in their communities.

Desarrollo de Liderazgo:
WWIE apoya organizaciones que reconocen el valor de las mujeres y niñas afro-latinas como recursos a sus familias y comunidades y que promueven las habilidades de liderazgo para dar poder a mujeres y niñas para convertirse en agentes activos del cambio social y participar más completamente en sus comunidades.

Cultural Enrichment

WWIE supports organizations that encourage creative expression by Afro-Latina women and girls as a means to disseminate cultural traditions and engage the communities in which they live.

Enriquecimiento Cultural:
WWIE apoya organizaciones que animan la expresión creativa de mujeres y niñas afro-latinas como una forma de diseminar tradiciones culturales y atraer las comunidades donde viven.