Our Projects

Our current project is to support Ukrainian women and mothers

Millions of Ukrainian families have lost their home, jobs and businesses overnight on the 24th of Feb 2022 with Russian War in Ukraine. Many women and children had to leave their homes and hide at the bomb shelters for days and weeks without proper supply of clothes, medication and in some cases even without access to food and water.

Emergency support is needed to provide immediate help to mothers with children, and women who are unable to leave the country during Russian War in Ukraine.

In the nearest future we're looking to provide the financial monthly assistance to women in Ukraine by sending monthly support directly to their banking accounts. $100-$300 to cover the most basic needs for food, safety, transportation, etc.

PWIC Global Impact is partnering with Ukrainian local non-profits to fund their evacuation and food support programs.

Learn more and send your charitable donations here. ​




Each of our members have projects or causes that they are working with to change lives of at risk communities. It is our goal to assist them to make a bigger impact in society   Our company also has two main projects listed below

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PWI Connections provides leadership training programs, educational events, and conferences that focus on innate gifts and being a catalyst for making a difference in communities throughout the world. We also invite supportive men to become a part of our community and become aligned with what PWIC is up to and be a part of our vision and cause.  

Powerful Women International Connections Company Projects 

National Project –Restructuring the Prison System and Persons Incarcerated
Chairwoman- Carrie Nikitin
Co-Chair -Najjiyya Arnold

Global Project –Rebuilding School/Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya
Chairwoman- Valeri Bocage

PWIC adopted a women's clinic for single pregnant women and school for children, Wholistic Care & Counseling Center that was founded in 1994 by Grace Gitaka. The school is focused on elementary through high school kids who have been living on the streets and whose parents have either died, have AIDS or they do not know where their parents are.

Through Grace’s leadership, the first PWIC event was held on June 28, 2008 and focused on empowering local women in the community with inspirational speakers and a workshop on how to heal from the recent war that broke out in Nairobi. Click here to view the details of the event: Nairobi, Kenya Event.

Valeri Bocage, CEO/President of PWIC, went to Nairobi, Kenya for this momentous PWIC event, our first outside of the U.S. While there, Valeri taught a class for the students to empower them to discover their dreams and not be stopped by their circumstances. They were excited and amazed to know that their circumstances did not dictate who they can be in life.

The school children are between the ages of 3 and 18 and are in need of clothes, shoes, toys, books and any other items that you would expect a child would need. If you would like to provide any of these items or to provide a donation for them, please email us at info@pwiconnections.com.

PWIC Women Making a Positive Difference in the World

Valeri Bocage 
Project - PWIC’s Global Project
Rebuilding School/Orphanage and Enhancing the Lives of the
Children in Nairobi, Kenya

Valeri is the Chairwoman for Powerful Women International Connections’ Global Project in Nairobi, Kenya. She is also the founder of Powerful Women International Connections. She has been assisting people in living their dreams for over 25 years. She has inspired hundreds of people to fulfill on their life's mission. She has consulted with authors, entrepreneurs, parents, families, and artists to expand their vision for what was possible in their professional and personal lives.

Carrie Nikitin
Project - Reducing Recidivism
Enhance the Prison System and the Lives of the Incarcerated

Carrie Nikitin is Chairwoman of Powerful International Connection's National Project to Enhance the Prison System and the Lives of the Incarcerated. Carrie is a business strategist for small and large businesses that are geared to making a difference.  Carrie is currently CEO of AvaTekh, Inc., a Lawrence, Kansas high tech start-up developing and monetizing Intellectual property in noise suppression, mitigation, and analysis with applications in military, medical devices, consumer electronics, telecommunications, power management, data over power lines, navigational, sensors and biometrics.  Carrie is also Chief Business Strategist for PWIC. 

Personal Vision:
To make every life matter, to develop venues so all people can be self- sustaining.


Some of Our Member's Projects

Cristal Montanez Baylor 
Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Project

Cristal Montañéz Baylor, a humanitarian and philanthropist,  is experienced in citizen diplomacy, working in some of the world's most controversial countries. Her efforts promote international relations and understanding among people of different cultures and sectors of society as she joins with leaders worldwide.

In August 2021, Cristal was appointed as an Honorary International Ambassador for Rotary International Venezuela District 4380 International Service Committee. She is a member of the Rotary e-Club of Houston and is the International Coordinator of the Hope For Venezuelan Refugees Project. The undertaking was created in response to food insecurity and hunger affecting thousands of Venezuelan refugees, migrants and walkers “comandantes” crossing the Colombian-Venezuelan border during the largest exodus of refugees in the history of Latin America, and the Western Hemisphere. Further, it is the largest forced migration crisis caused by dictatorship and corruption in the world, second only to the Syrian refugee crisis, which has suffered from war.

The project received the Rotary "Humanitarian Service Project of the Year Award 2018-19," and was recognized both with the "International Service Above Self" Award (2018-2019), and Rotarian of the Year 2019-2020 by the Rotary e-Club of Houston for helping to alleviate hunger and promote peace.

On October 14, 2021, the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston recognized Cristal as one of Houston’s 2021 "Global Leaders of Influence," and the Houston International Trade Development Council, Inc. (HITDC) presented Cristal with the 2021 Global Seven G7 “Outstanding Humanitarian Award” for her work in promoting human well-being locally and internationally.


Dr. Olivia Herriford
Project - Women Sharing Wisdom Institute
Educating Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries and Across the U.S.

Dr. Olivia's programs work with technology organizations wanting to make a difference through diversity and inclusion. The mission of her nonprofit, Women Sharing Wisdom Institute, is to provide leadership development and entrepreneurship training for marginalized women and youth in developing countries and low-income communities in the US.


Justina Page
Project- The Amos House of Faith
Working with Burn Survivors and Their Families

Justina is an award winning author of The Circle of Fire, The Circle of Fire Companion Study Guide, ABC's of Your Wife's Needs, and ABC's of Your Husband's Needs with more books in the works.  These literary works will provide empowerment for women and families to follow their vision and never give up. She is Founder and Executive Director of The Amos House of Faith, a non-profit that provides post burn support for families affected by burn trauma.  Through her nonprofit, she is Director of the After Burns Club, a program that specifically supports children from K to 8th grade.  Justina's involvement in the burn community includes advocacy, speaking, and training.  She is a cast member in the Oscar short list documentary, "Trial By Fire: Live's Re-forged," which aired on PBS. She has currently been cast in the upcoming faith based film STRONGER that will debut in February 2017.

Personal Vision:
To ensure children and families who are impacted by burn tragedy lead confident and successful lives. To impart hope and courage to those who are dealing with life's challenges through books, music, and advocacy.


Dr. Veronica Hunnicutt
Project - Catalyst for Transformative Change
Building and enhancing the lives of underprivileged and disenfranchised low income and middle income families in the Bay Area community.

Dr. Veronica Hunnicutt has been a professor, dean and administrator for decades at various educational institutions in San Francisco.  She has been fortunate to assist students in achieving their academic and personal goals. As a community activist since the age of sixteen, she has worked with people like Thomatra Scott, Altheda Carrie, Toshi Koba and other renowned individuals in various communities. As a former Commissioner on the Commission on the Status of Women and the San Francisco Housing Authority and as a member of numerous boards, she has had the opportunity of supporting the needs of many women and families. She is also Chair of the Citizens' Advisory Committee for the Shipyard and Candlestick Point with a group of dedicated, committed individuals representing the community.   Dr. Hunnicutt is a member of the Willie B. Kennedy Democratic Club. 

Personal Vision:
My personal vision for the world is to have families whole and complete by transforming them and eliminating impediments in their lives.


Winnie Kiwalabye
Project - Winnie MamaAfrica
Transforming the lives and communities in Uganda

The work of Mama Africa the voice Uganda is rooted in partnership and does not require us all to be alike. Indeed, real disparities often exist between Mama Africa the voice Uganda and those with whom we serve.  Our partners frequently have crucial experience skills or resources that we lack, while we bring needed elements that they are missing.  We do not try to be identical.  Instead, recognizing our need for one another and our God given equality, we allow our differences to enrich the relationships of mutual respect, dialogue, and common purpose that we build together. In so doing, we often surprise one another. 

Personal Vision:
Empower a Woman to raise a Child through creating sustainable access in slums and rural areas in Uganda.