Development Grants

This category will contain all of the primary information on DGs, incl. faqs & recipients

2014 DGs


AW of Surrey Hope Through Education- $4500

Pam Dahlgren Educating Africa's Children-$4500

FAUSA Water Runs Through It- $4500

AWC Shanghai A World of Possibilities-$4500

AWC The Hague Critical Health Concerns-$4500

The Coughlan Family Foundation Prevention of Infectious Disease-$4500

American Women of the Eastern Province Skills for Life- sponsored in part  by AILO Florence-$4500

Around the Corner, A World Away, sponsored in part by AIWC Genoa in memory of Carol Bordoni-$4500

2013 DG Recipients

Development Grant Recipients 2013

The Right to Food and Water -Sponsored in part by FAUSA and the Copley Family

Proposal Name: Amis des Ecoles (Friends of School)
Sponsoring Club and length of Affiliatiion: AIWC/Casablanca, 3 years
Funding: 45% private donations, 30% Fundraisingm 20% Marsa Maroc and 5% Sadhu Vaswani
Purpose of the grant: The objective is to provide rural school children and teachers with better learning environments. One way of reaching this goal is by building water fountains and renovating existing unused toilet facilities in rural schools in the region of Tata, Morocco. 
The toilets allow girls and boys to have a clean, appropriate place to go to the bathroom, reassuring parents that their children will not be forced, through lack of proper toilet facilities, to go outside (in public spaces, in plain view of everyone), during the school day. A lack of toilets or properly built toilets has often pushed the parents to keep their children, especially the girls, out of school.

With this grant, we would be able to help around 1000 children with over 4 water fountains and toilet facilities, providing these school children with the basic human right to clean drinking water and sanitation. 

Critical Health Concerns sponsored partly by AWC Zurich

Proposal Name: The Fistula Foundation, Ethiopia
Sponsoring Club and length of affiliation
: American Women of the Eastern Province, 6 years
Funding: 100% private donations
Purpose of the grant:
A fistula is a hole between a woman’s birth passage and one of her internal organs. This hole develops over many days of obstructed labor or a result of sexual violence from being raped or butchered by bayonets, wood or rifles. Obstetric fistula occurs when the pressure of the baby’s head against the mother’s pelvis cuts off blood supply to tissues in the region. Fistulas result in permanent incontinence of urine and feces. Women are abandoned by their husbands and ostracized by their communities because of their inability to have children and they smell foul. A donation of $4500USD to The Fistula Foundation provides ten women with a fistula repair operation, high quality postoperative care, a new dress and bus fare home. This grant will help ten women regain their dignity, their will to live and know they are an important part of their society.

AW of Surrey Hope Through Education

Proposal Name: SPOSA Child, Negros, Philippines
Sponsoring Club and length of affiliation: ANC of Rotterdam, 3 years
Funding: 100% private and donations
Purpose of the grant:
SPOSA (Save and Protect Our Sexually Abused) CHILD is a 3-person volunteer organization based in The Netherlands who currently raise money to support education for nine abused girls in the province of Negros, The Philippines. This program is part of a larger project called Bantay Bata 163 (BB163) whose agenda includes the rescue and rehabilitation of abused children, educational scholarships, livelihood, community outreach and medical missions. SPOSA CHILD donates an Educational Scholarship Fund that is managed by BB163 and covers costs such as uniforms, books and other school materials, physical education, transport to/from school, meals, and reintegration counseling. The average annual cost is $415 per year, per child. The differentiating factor about SPOSA Child is their long-term commitment to the complete educational lifecycle (the completion of primary and secondary school) to each girl. Currently, six girls have full-time sponsors. 
We believe that with proper education, these traumatized girls, who one day may become mothers, will continue to nurture the correct values and set examples to the next generation of women to realize their full potential. Only in this way can the trauma of sexual abuse be slowly undone. This grant will used to ensure that the remaining three girls (rape and incest victims from ages 7 – 17) will also complete their education.

Pam Dahlgren Educating Africa's Children

Proposal Name: Mama Anakuja, Malinda, Kenya 
Sponsoring Club and length of affiliation: AILO Florence, 4 years
Funding: 100% private donations
Purpose of the grant: The Mama Anakuja Home for the Needy is an orphanage in Kenya caring for orphans and abandoned children from a very young age through their teens, some of them needing health care due to AIDS. The home provides assistance to the local community and encourages the young people to acquire skills to give them a better chance in life. It’s an independent organization with funding provided by friends and supporters.
Mama Anakuja Home helps provide higher education to the children who have completed middle school. Furthering their education will give them the opportunity to have better qualifications in the work field and bring encouragement to the children at the home and in the village. It is necessary for these children to show the way to others and not risk falling back into poverty. It is not only the high school education that is important but the hope that this brings with it.
Without outside help it is very difficult for the Home to envision giving this opportunity to many promising young people. Many of the orphans are extremely bright able learners. It’s a great shame to not offer them a better future. The goal is to give as many children possible the way to lead their brothers and sister out of the plight of poverty. The Grant will be used to pay the necessary secondary school fees for a number of students who show promise and wish to further their education, books, scholastic equipment. The school fees are 800 Euro per year, per student

American Women of the Eastern Province Skills for Life- sponsored in part
by AILO Florence

Proposal Name: Women’s Vocational College at Vision People’s in Mission, Nairobi, Kenya
Sponsoring Club and length of affiliation: AWC Denmark, 4 years
Funding: 58% UK donations, 19% Canadian, 15% Summer Rent Income
Purpose of the grant: VPM is a small local charity, set in a slum area of Nairobi, Kenya, called Korogocho – meaning “Rubbish Dump” in Swahili. There are approximately 2 million people living in an area of 2 km sq, plagued by poverty, substance and alcohol abuse and AIDS, creating many orphans and single parent families. Many women work in prostitution as the only “employment” option available to them. The aim of this project is to fund more young women and teenagers in the vocational training scheme run by VPM, enabling them to get legitimate employment in the textile industry of Nairobi. This will give them new self respect, reduce the level of prostitution, and thus the level of AIDS in Korogocho, and enable more children to grow up with one or both parents, in a healthier and more self sustaining community.
VPM has very limited funding, but now comprises a school for 100 children, a feeding programme for 300 children, an orphanage, a medical center providing basic health care, ante natal and childbirth services, and the vocational training scheme.
The existing scheme has been running successfully for many years, but it is currently limited in scale. The grant will be used to increase the number of women who can access the Vocational Training Scheme. Every woman helped has a significant impact on her family and the others in her extended family, community and enables them to earn an income.

Around the Corner, A World Away, sponsored in part by AIWC Genoa in memory of Carol Bordoni

Proposal Name: Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Dublin, Ireland
Sponsoring Club and length of affiliation: AWC Dublin, 3 years
Funding: 10% Income from Statutory Bodies, 70% Raised Voluntary Income, 2% Legacies and 18% Other Income
Purpose of the grant: The ISPCC’s Childline service is Ireland’s only multi-media listening service for young people up to 18 years of age and is available to every child in Ireland.
Childline is a crucial service, receiving calls relating to abuse, suicide, depression and self-harm; literally matters of life and death. A large number of calls are from children who are experiencing difficulties such as everyday concerns, loneliness, and social isolation. Ultimately if a child reaches out for any help, we must listen.
The ISPCC is the charitable group carrying out this project. The ISPCC is a national organization that exists to end cruelty and injustice to children in all forms –ensuring every child is given the opportunity to experience love, happiness and equal opportunity.
The grant will be used to further develop the ISPCC’s Childline services. It costs approximately €500 to train one Childline volunteer. Thus, $4,500 funding from The FAWCO Foundation grant could cover the cost of training up to 9 more volunteers to work on Childline, answering 13,500 more calls from children to Childline.

The Coughlan Foundation, Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS, Malaria
and Tuberculosis

Proposal Name: Mother’s Adverting Aids- South Africa
Sponsoring Club and length of affiliation:nominated by AILO Florence, 5 years
: individual donations 35%, earned income from sales in the United States of Fair Trade South African art and crafts 60% and 5% from foundations
Purpose of the grant:
Women in Khayelitsha, South Africa face tremendous challenges of extreme poverty, domestic violence, rape, unemployment and skyrocketing AIDS and drug-resistant TB infection rates. Many are sole breadwinners, while others, often at their peril, have been dependent on male support. Mothers Averting AIDS is designed to increase women’s financial independence and promote the mentoring of young girls with the goal of reducing the spread of HIV and TB. This is an expansion of a project originally funded by FAWCO.
The project will be run by Art Aids Art, a US-based nonprofit organization working in Khayelitsha for over 10 years. Activities will take place at eKhaya eKasi, Art Aids Art’s multipurpose center staffed by trained, trusted members from the local community.
Women artisans will receive training in product development, marketing and the fundamentals of operating an independent small business, while earning income from sales of their handcrafts. They will participate in classes to promote health, parenting and life skills, increase awareness of available medical, counseling and other services while building a support network among women. Their daughters will also participate in selected classes to help solidify the mother-daughter bond as partners in healthy, safe decision-making.
The self-sufficiency gained through this program, along with group counseling sessions, will build self-respect and confidence that are deeply needed in individuals who have experienced the trauma of extreme poverty, health instability and physical abuse. The grant will be used to provide training and support for 100 women and girls at eKhaya eKasi in Khayelitsha, South Africa over a 12-month period.

Development Grants


       The FAWCO Foundation Development Grants


The FAWCO Foundation Development Grants financially assist projects which are passionately supported by FAWCO Member Clubs and FAUSA. The purpose of the program is to fund projects that can make an immediate impact and lead to success for the people they support.  The assistance offered should be direct, with a goal of sustainability.

Through The Foundation, FAWCO Member Clubs and FAUSA have been aiding worthy and reputable charitable projects around the globe for over 45 years.  Some clubs are working “hands-on” with their projects while others make financial contributions or donations of goods.

FAWCO Member Clubs and FAUSA are passionate about supporting projects that improve the human condition throughout the world. The DGs provide the financial assistance that can help the recipients achieve their goals.

The Development Grant categories are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the areas of Education, Environment, Health and Human Rights.


2018 Development Grant Ballot

Before filling out the ballot, please read the instructions. Only one ballot per club will be accepted and we request that the FAWCO Rep or the Club President submit the ballot.


2018 DEVELOPMENT GRANTS                  

There are eight Development Grants available for 2018.  The recipients will be announced in March at the Interim Meeting in The Hague.


For projects promoting literacy, supporting academic studies, building or providing classrooms, libraries or general learning facilities for disadvantaged children or providing training designed to lead to economic and other types of empowerment for women and girls.

Due to the generosity in sponsorship, there are three awards available:
The AW Surrey and AWC The Hague Grants will be given to the two general-education nominated projects receiving the most votes.

The Pam Dahlgren Grant is specifically for an educational program in the geographical area of Africa and will be awarded to the Africa-focused nominated project which receives the most votes.

AW of Surrey Hope Through Education

AWC The Hague Creating Better Futures

Pam Dahlgren Educating Africa's Children



For projects promoting the responsible use of the environment to provide for the basic needs of a family or a community.

Nurturing Our Planet



For projects providing medical treatment, diagnostic services, preventive care or medical counseling. This can include, but is not limited to, cancer, HIV/AIDS, communicable, non-communicable and environmental diseases, substance abuse, life-improving surgeries, mental issues, the critically ill, the disabled, the aged, medical transport, special needs and maternal health for mothers and children.

Due to generosity in sponsorship, there are two grants available.  These will be given to the two nominated projects receiving the most votes.

The Coughlan Family Foundation’s Support In Sickness and Health

Critical Health Concerns     Sponsored in part by Renuka Mathews



For projects which provide vocational training, teach practical skills and promote social entrepreneurial initiatives for at-risk/marginalized population groups as well as projects addressing the critical problems of violence, food and shelter, healthcare, education, poverty, advocacy, human trafficking, prostitution, refugees or cultural understanding in a FAWCO Member Club’s host country or the world.

Due to generosity in sponsorship, there are two grants available. These will be given to the two nominated projects receiving the most votes.

Breaking the Cycle     Sponsored in part by AILO Florence and AW Eastern Province

FAUSA Effecting Change For Women and Children at Risk


*Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2018 Development Grants but please check the Timeline below if your Club plans on submitting an application for the 2019 Grants.

Development Grant Application Timeline

Use the month-by-month "countdown" to ensure the efficient and timely completion of your application.   check mark

Development Grant Recipients 1997-2016

Development Grants have a far-reaching effect. From the smallest villages to the largest cities, your generous contributions touch the lives of women and children around the globe. Our recipients have been divided into five geographical areas below - Africa and The Middle East


1997 - Mfitumukiza Project (photo tracing of refugee children) - Tanzania
            Rural Girls' Literacy Classes - Tinzouline, Morocco
1998 - Association Managre Nooma Pour la Protections des Orphelins (AMPO) - Burkina Faso
1999 - Bellhouse Academy - Kenya
            Philani Nutrition Centres - South Africa
            Women's Center - Democratic Republic of Congo
2000 - Nyapea Hospital - Okoro County, Uganda
            Horizons Ouverts (Village Schools) - Morocco
            Monze Mission Hospital - Zambia
            Tailor Training Project - Kenya
2001 - Chivuna Mission Rural Health Center - Zambia
            Women's Center of Azzib - Morocco
2002 - Girls of the Maqattam Garbage Settlement - Egypt
            Kezakimana ("Children of Love") - Burundi
2003 - Hope House Babies Home - Kenya
            Mkombozi Center for Street Children in Moshi - Tanzania
            Cecily Eastwood Zambian Aids Orphan Appeal - Zambia
2004 - Action for Children Soldiers - Democratic Republic of Congo
            Malawi Orphan Support Project - Malawi
2005 - Obstetric Fistula - Mali
            Prevalence of Malnutrition - Tanzania
            Support Children's Literacy - Madagascar
            Kugeria Women Water Project - Kenya
2006 - Hope's Promise Orphan Ministries - Namibia
            Ol Malo Eye Project - Kenya
            Commund de Lubumbashi Orphanage - Republic of Congo
2007 - Korogocho HIV/AIDS Home Care Center - Kasarani, Nairobi, Kenya
            The Lambs Project - Ouahigouya, Burkina Faso
            Women's Hope International - Chad and Ethiopia
            Arche de Noe - Bujumbura, Burundi
            Integrated Bio Framing Technologies for the Blind and Handicapped - Sebeta, Ethiopia
            Batsiranai Craft Project - Zimbabwe
2008 - Primary School Project - Assumer, Morocco
            Angels of Hope Peaceful Home for Children - Nairobi, Kenya
            Grandma-2-Grandma - Tanzania, East Africa
            Women for Girls - The Mill Project - Mbousnakh, Senegal
2009 - Kibarani Dump Site Children - Knebel, Kenya
            Mama Anakuja - Home for Needy Children - Malindi, Kenya
            The Mercy Children's Centre - Bumala, Western Kenya
            Amani School Classroom and Fence - Kenya
2010 - Oyani Village - Kenya
            Fistula Foundation - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
            School Aid, Johannesburg - South Africa
            Teachers Without Borders - South Africa
            Mothers Averting AIDS - Khayelitsha, South Africa
2011 - Little Wings Foundation - Middle East/North Africa
            Hodi Peace Cents - Marsabit, Kenya
            HIV/AIDS Awareness - Uganda
2012 - Blindness Prevention Program - Ethiopia
            Feeding Education - Kenya
            Thanda Children's Library KwaZula-Natal - South Africa
            Women For Girls - Senegal, West Africa
2013 - Amis des Ecoles, Tata Region - Morocco
            Mama Anakuja - Malindi, Kenya
            Fistula Foundation - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
            Women's Vocational College - Nairobi, Kenya
            Mothers Averting AIDS, Khayelitsha - South Africa
2014 - Mama Norah Education Center - Wagwe, Kenya
            The Kenya Project Clean Water Initiative - Wagwe, Kenya
            Madagascar School, run by Ursulinnes Nuns - Madagascar
            Amal Women's Training Center - Marrakech, Morocco
2015 - Preventing A Lost Generation - Sending Refugee Children to School - Jordan
            Project Mwangi - Kenya 
            Trees Grow in the Sahel - Senegal
2016 - Hope Alive Foundation - Malawi
            Solar Powered Showers for Health and Academic Excellence - Ethiopia
            Mothers Averting AIDS - South Africa
            Growing Guayule to Fight AIDS and Provide Bio-Fuel - South Africa 
1997 - SEWA (Socio-Economic Welfare Action) for Women in Nepal - Nepal
            Youth Action for Sustainable Development - Nepal
            Fatima Self-Help Center - Thailand
1999 - 1999 - Ripples and Rainbows - India
2001 - Maiti Nepal - Nepal
            School for Girls in Upper Mustang - Nepal
            Punjabi Hospital Maternal health Project - India
2002 - Vincente Maria Children's Home - India
            SANKALP ("A Firm Resolve") - India
            Hope For The Hopeless (CCD) - Thailand
2003 - Frauenhascha (Refuge for Single Mothers with Tents) - Mongolia
2004 - Wells For Life - Siem Reap, Cambodia
2006 - SOMA Home For Girls - India
            Monimala - India
2007 - Silk of Hope Project - Women Bearer of Traditions - Cambodia
2008 - Heart to Heart - Shanghai, China
2010 - Tusarang Nunnery School - Mustang, Kathmandu
2011 - Water for Mentawai Sumarwea Utara - Indonesia
            Eden Women's Ministry - Shanghai, China
            Coming Home, Morning Tears - China
2013 - Associazione Fabio Jonathan Onlus - Sri Lanka
2014 - Friedensdorf International - Cambodia
2015 - Aziza's Coffee - Cambodia
2016 - Mentawai Boarding School - Indonesia
2004 - Literacy for Indiginous Women in Southern Mindanao - Philippines
2008 - Scholarship Fund for Girls, Maila - Philippines
2013 - Negros - Philippines
2016 - Eye Surgery and Placement of Prosthetic Eye - Philippines
1998 - Amazing Grace Project (home for disabled children) - Antigua
2002 - Children of Cali - Colombia
2005 - Big Brothers/Big Sisters - Antigua and Barbuda
2006 - Fundacion Amigos de Jesus y Maria - Colombia
2011 - Proyecto DeVida - Bogota, Colombia
2014 - Hope for Haiti's Kids - Montrouis, Haiti
2015 - Kids Support Groups - Brazil
1997 - AMICA for refugee women and children - Tuzla, Bosnia
            DESA for refugee women - Dubrovnik, Croatia
1998 - Kurdish Women's and Children's Refugee Center - Greece
            Stiichting Charite (Children in Need) - Chernobyl, Ukraine
1999 - Tsimbalina Children's Hospital - St. Petersburg, Russia
            Operation Angel (humanitarian health center and pharmacy) - Albania
2000 - Nuevo Amanecer - Madrid, Spain
2003 - Ostrov Shelter, Social Patrol - Russia
2004 - Children of a Lesser God Outreach - Moldova
            Ojos Del Mundo (Eyes of the World) - Madrid, Spain
2006 - Radio Studio 88 - Mostar, Bosnia and Herzogovina
2008 - Mayday! Mayday! - Carei, Romania
            Food For Refugees - Athens, Greece
2009 - Pension Villa Mariain - Bern, Switzerland
            Training for Work - Chalfont St. Peter, Bucks, UK
            Five Loaves - Wicklow, Ireland
2010 - Spread The Sunshine - Moscow, Russia
2012 - Ruhama - Dublin, Ireland
            Center for Abandoned & Disabled Children - Athens, Greece
2013 - Irish Society for the Prevention & Protection of Children - Dublin, Ireland
2014 - Jack & Jill Foundation - Johntown, Naas Co., Kildare, Ireland
            Assertiveness/Self-Defense Training for Victims of Domestic Abuse - Munich, Germany
2015 - Prevention Center for Family and Marital Violence - Belgium
2016 - Casa Ruth and the New Hope Cooperative Project - Italy
            Frauen Helfen Frauen - Germany


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