Our Programs

This category contains general info on all programs

 

 

In March 2013, Human Rights for Women – Protecting the Rights and Improving the Lives of Women and Girls Worldwide, was announced as the overarching theme for the FAWCO Target Program 2013 - 2016.  The Target Program offers opportunities for local Clubs to make a global difference, by actively contributing toward the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals.  This will unite the power of 12,000 individual members in 64 FAWCO Member Clubs in 33 countries to make a significant  and sustainable impact on the critical issues that support the effort to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals.  
    
The FAWCO Target Program is comprised of two parts: Target Education/Awareness and the Target Project. Target Education/Awareness  focuses on women's rights as human rights, specifically in the areas of political empowerment and participation, economic empowerment, peace and security, and ending violence against women. The Target Project is our opportunity to select and financially support a project that meets the target goal.

The winning Target Project announced at the March 2014 Interim Conference in Brussels, is Free The Girls

Free The Girls, a 501(c)(3) headquartered in Denver, CO, is currently working in Mozambique, Uganda and El Salvador assisting trafficking survivors to set up micro-enterprises in the second-hand clothing markets prevalent in developing countries.  The women sell bras donated by women and industry partners in North America and Europe.  The FAWCO Target Project will create the infrastructure necessary to support the recent move into Uganda and El Salvador, as well as planned future expansion of programs to Lesotho and Mexico.

Organizations who provide rehabilitation services to trafficking survivors report the greatest single challenge to reintegration into society is finding sustainable employment.  These women, often lured or kidnapped into prostitution as young as 10 years old, have no education or marketable job experience when they are rescued in their late teens or early twenties, making it difficult for them to support themselves and their children, much less return to school.  Free The Girls provides free job training and an initial inventory of bras to help the women set up their own business.  In-country staff supervise these budding entrepreneurs, encouraging them and providing one-on-one coaching, allowing each woman to blossom into a confident, successful business owner.  The women purchase additional inventory from Free The Girls and that money is used to cover the in-country costs of storage, import and transportation of inventory.  

The initial Mozambique operation is financially independent due to the inventory wholesale to women in the program.  Free The Girls will use funding from FAWCO to create the infrastructure needed to support their recent expansion into Uganda and El Salvador and planned future expansion into Lesotho and Mexico. 

They currently have two paid part-time staff - the Executive Director, Kimba Langas and as of March 2014, an Inventory Manager, Pam Gumns - and a strong core of 100 volunteers in the US, providing hundreds of hours of time, plus considerable pro bono services.  To ensure Free The Girls' long-term viability, they need to establish paid executive and staff positions that provide leadership, consistency and accountability, as well as expand the storage facility to support the increasing amounts of inventory.  

By economically empowering women through this project, we can reduce the likelihood of them returning to the streets to support themselves.  The women earn enough to allow them to support their families, return to school and eventually find other employment.  Moreover, by empowering women, we impact the next generation by decreasing the possibility that their children, particularly daughters, will be sold, kidnapped or lured into a life of prostitution. 

By participating collectively in the Target Program, we are able to demonstrate the power of FAWCO Clubs working together toward a common goal while bringing a critical global issue to the attention of FAWCO Clubs, their members and their host communities. 

For more information on the FAWCO Target Program, please contact Target Chair Johanna Dishongh, at .

Jan 2016 Update

FINAL TOTAL RAISED:  $172,000!

To all of our Member Clubs and individuals who helped us achieve this incredible result, thank you for your generosity!   

water heart A Heartfelt Thank You to the Water Project Donors

It's wonderful to see the generosity of so many FAWCO clubs and individuals. The money raised from the FAWCO Water Target Project goes to Tabitha-Cambodia, Wells for Clean Water. While the pictures below don't reflect an individual's or club's direct donation, they do give witness to the difference FAWCO can make as a collective community of caring people, working to "change the flow."

 

(Family Wells = $150, Field Wells = $250; all donations below are Family Wells unless otherwise noted)
Additional Note: The number of wells donated below was calculated on the cost of one well at the time of the donation. Due to timing, currency conversion and other factors the number of wells from the Donor Wall may not reflect the number of wells reported from Tabitha.

AWC Luxembourg
85 Wells

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AWC Dubai
43 Wells

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AWC The Hague
37 Wells

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AW Eastern of the Provinces
30 Wells

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FAUSA
25 Wells

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Mary Stewart Burgher
11 Wells

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AWC Bogota
10 Wells

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AWC Lagos
10 Wells

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AILO Florence
38 Wells

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In Memory of Pam Dahlgren,
7 Wells

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Cheryl Steenman-Bash
6 Wells

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Clydette De Grott
5 Wells

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Gwen Kade
5 Wells

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AIWC Genoa
5 Wells

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Kathleen Simon
4 Wells

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AWC Central Scotland
One Field Well

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Carol Kamphuis
One Field Well

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Dolores Cuellar
One Field Well

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J H Hendrikse Dubois
One Field Well

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Kathy Coughlan
One Field Well

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Laurie Richardson
One Field Well

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Pam Perraud
One Field Well

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Marina Dekkers
3 Wells

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Melissa Mash
2 Wells

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Elizabeth Kelly
One Well

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Margaret Hildtich
One Well

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Ami Lotka
One Well

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In Memory of Jim Phillips
One Well

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AWEP Saudi Arabia
One Well

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Catherine Berlin
One Well

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Celeste Brown
One Well

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Daniela Reimann
One Well

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Erica Higbie
One Well

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Karen Lewis
One Well

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Liz Hemminger
One Well

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Lynne McAlister
One Well

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Marline Holmes
One Well

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My-Linh Kunst
One Well
2 Field Wells

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Nancy Ward
One Well

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Phoenix Book Club
One Well

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Sallie Chaballier
Two Wells

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Sara Crabtree
One Well

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Therese Hartwell
One Well

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Janelle Mason
One Well

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Cassandra Hu-Andersen
6 Wells

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Rozella Joseph
One Well

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FAUSA
20 Wells

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Kathy Chiarlone
8 Wells

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Annelie Cipriani
One Wells

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Jeanette Nardi's Grandchildren
Two Well

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Renzo Mugnaini
One Well

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AWC Brussels
One Family Well & 2 Field Wells

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Peggy Taliaferro
One Well

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Karen Lewis
One Well

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Sylvia Cox Behrman
8 Wells

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Marline Holmes
One Well

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AIWC Casablanca
4 Wells

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AWC London
26 Wells

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AWC Perth, Australia
6 Wells

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Claudia Koontz-Goering
One Field Well

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Francois Boueri
One Well

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BWN, Spain
30 Wells & 4 Field Wells

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AWG Paris
100 Wells

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The Wilson Family 2011
One Well

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Paterson Family
2 Wells

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Roland Türk
2 Wells

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In Memory of Barbara Benner, One Well

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AWC Berlin
2 Wells

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Sylvia Behrman
5 Wells

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Brigitte Reimens
One Well

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AWC Amsterdam
14 Wells

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Desmond O'Reilly
One Wells

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AWC Oslo
One Field Well

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Shanna Fischer
One Well

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North American Connection, One Well

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AAWE Paris
4 Family Wells

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Ann De Simoni & Cruise for Cambodia, 40 Wells

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AWC Aberdeen, Scotland
One Field Well

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My-Linh Kunst
2 Field Wells

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AWC Antigua & Barbuda,
One Well & One Field Well

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In Memory of Laurence E. Dunn, One Field Well

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AWA Rome
13 Wells

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AWC Milan
17 Family Wells, 4 Field Wells

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In Honor of John J. Greethe, 3 Wells

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Chilterns American Women's Club, 6 Wells

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AWC Gothenburg
One Field Well

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AWG Languedoc Rousillon
8 Wells

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AWC Shanghai
12 wells

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AWC Malmo
1 well

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Sunny Eades
2 Family Wells

 

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IWC Torino
2 Wells

 

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Monica Jubayli
1 Field Well

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Sylvia Dachs
1 Family Well

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Jeffrey Bailey
3 wells

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AWC Bern
1 Field Well, 2 Family Wells

 

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AWC Finland 7 wells

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AWC Perth
One Well

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AWA Vienna Board
One Family Well

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AWBS
One Field Well
One Family Well

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AWG Languedoc Rousillon
on behalf of Ruth and Max Bloomquist.

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Heidi Ragsdale
6 Wells

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Chilterns AWC
7 Wells

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Jocelyn Fitgerald for
Rev. Mark Dunnam & Dottie Dunnam
1 Well

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AAWE Paris in honor of
Nan de Laubedere
1 well

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AWA Vienna in honor of
Laurie Richardson
One well

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AWC Dubai
7 wells

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AWA Rome
9 wells

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AWC of Central Scotland
3 wells

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AWC Oslo
4 Field Wells

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AIWC of Cologne
12 Family Wells

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One well in the name of Jocelyn Fitzgerald from Mariateresa & Tina, AILO FLorence

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Astoria Park Dental, Astoria, NY  USA   $100

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Dr. Nathan Wruble, Astoria Radiology, Astoria, NY   $100

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Mr. James McCann - CEO of 1 800 FLOWERS $150

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Green Family in Memory of John Green - $450

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LaTrattoria Restaurant, Astoria, NY USA - $200

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The FAWCO Target Water Project

What is the Target Water Project?

It is an intense effort on behalf of FAWCO clubs and individuals to educate, raise awareness and fund raise towards improving access to safe drinking water. The FAWCO Target Project is an important part of FAWCO´s commitment as a recognized NGO at the UN to support the UN Millennium Development Goals. In November of 2010, Tabitha - Cambodia, Wells for Clean Water was selected by FAWCO clubs as the recipient organization of the projects fund raising efforts.

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The final report for the Target Water Project was given at the FAWCO conference in Bern 2013.

Final tally: 54 of the 73 FAWCO clubs participated in fundraising, $135,255 was raised for Cambodia and another $27,355 for other water projects.
So the final total is $162,590 for clean water!!!!

Over 1500 families now have clean water thanks to our efforts.

 

Water Target Project Medallions

The first Target Program has been completed and the results were announced at the FAWCO Conference in March.  The results were stunning-over $162,000 was raised by clubs, their members and friends.  The money raised for the Target project was donated to Tabitha-Wells for Cambodia.
Other clubs raised an additional $27,000 for other water related projects worldwide and FAWCO recognizes those efforts*.


Below are the Diamond, Platinum, Gold and Silver medallions that recognize the clubs contributions. In days past, a club would have received a certificate that was eventually put away in a drawer or folder.  We felt that in the world of virtual clubhouses and online newsletters, these clubs might want to place this medallion on their website, newsletter or stationary.  This will let members and other visitors to the club's website know that these clubs were active in an effort to help the UN reach one of the 2015 Millennium Goals.  We also hope that potential members and sponsors will find this medallion a symbol of the clubs commitment to helping others.


AWG PARIS
AWC LUXEMBOURG
AWC ZURICH
*AIWC Cologne

FAUSA
AWA DUBAI
AWC OF THE HAGUE
AIL OF FLORENCE
AWC LONDON
AW OF THE EASTERN PROVINCE
Benvenuto CLUB OF MILAN
AWC OF AMSTERDAM
*AWC HAMBURG
*AWC DUSSELDORF

BWN BARCELONA
IWC TORINO
AWC LEBANON
CHITERNS AWC
AWC PERTH
AWA ROME
AWO MOSCOW
AWC SHANGHAI
AWC BASEL
AWC OSLO
AWA VIENNA
AAWE PARIS
AWG LANGUEDOC ROUSILLION

AWC BOGOTA
AWC LAGOS
*AWC KOREA

AWA QATAR
AWC CENTRAL SCOTLAND
AWC ANTWERP
AWC BERN
AWC AARHUIS
AIWC GENOA
AW SURREY
AWC BERLIN
AW OF BERKSHIRE
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
AWC GOTHENBERG
AIWC CASABLANCA
AAW ABERDEEN
AWC BRUSSELS
AAW ROTTERDAM
AWC DUBLIN
AWC FINLAND
NORTH AMERICAN CONNECTION
AWC MALMO

 


The FAWCO Water Project
Tabitha - Cambodia, WELLS FOR CLEAN WATER

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About Tabitha Cambodia
Janne Ritskes founded Tabitha-Cambodia in 1994.   Activities centered in Cambodia, whose people were decimated by a regime that promoted enforced starvation, mass executions, slave labor and wholesale dislocation to such a degree that the social, moral and economic fiber of the country was left in tatters. From 1975 to 1979 the Khmer Rouge systematically killed an estimated two million Cambodians, almost a fourth of the country's population.

Tabitha’s aim is to reach out to the despairing in their communities and enable them to address their needs map of Cambodiain a holistic and sustainable way, thereby transforming their lives.  Tabitha’s current programs affect 1.6% of Cambodians, over 248,000 people in twelve provinces.  Since 1994 Tabitha has lifted more than half a million Cambodians out of poverty and despair, into lives of dignity, hope, and active participation in their communities.

Tabitha-Cambodia runs 4 major programs: Savings; Wells and Ponds; Volunteer House Building and Cottage Industry Crafts.  You can read more about these programs at http://www.tabitha.ca

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Tabitha Wells Program
The Tabitha Wells program runs in parallel to the “Family Development through Savings” program. Tabitha- Cambodia constructs, on average, 90 wells per month.  The majority of families enrolled in the Savings Program have no access to clean water.  The nearest source of clean water may be several kilometers away.

In the absence of safe wells, drinking water is taken from open ponds or rivers that are commonly polluted with excreta or chemicals.  Villagers, and most importantly children, often develop dysentery.

The impact of access to clean water through the installation of wells on families is immediate and significant. The first, very noticeable impact is the decrease in the incidence of diarrhea and skin infections in the families. Within weeks, children and adults had gained weight; their skin tones and eyes lost that haunted, dry look and their ability to work increased by several hours a day.

The second, very noticeable impact is the increase in income and improvement in diet. All of the families receiving wells are required to earn an income from these wells. Income can be earned through animal husbandry – the raising of pigs, chickens, ducks; through the raising of fish and all families are required to grow vegetables and or rice – for small plots a kitchen garden is sufficient – for people owning larger plots – vegetables and rice are mandatory.

Types of Wells
Two types of family wells are used in Cambodia – the decision on which type will be used in an area depends on the type and quality of water available.

TUBE WELLS: A machine drills a pipe to reach the aquifer – usually 50-60 meters down. A hand pump is Tube Wellplaced at the top of the pipe allowing water to be pumped to the surface. A cement apron is placed around the well.  Tube wells are used whenever possible, that is when good quality water can be found in deeper aquifers. They supply THREE families (24-30 people)

Open wellOPEN WELLS: The families dig a hole about 10-15 meters deep. Cement pipes are then used to keep the well open and rise more than 1 meter from the ground. Tops are placed over the well to prevent pollution and villagers are taught about correct sanitary well maintenance. Open wells are used when deeper water is brackish or polluted, preventing the use of tube wells. They supply THREE families. The cost of tube or open wells is approximately $150 per well.

FIELD WELLS: Deeper and wider than an open well, field wells provide clean water for both household use Field welland irrigation.  A field well allows families to grow crops year round on 4 hectares (10 acres) providing them with a steady income.   A field well is shared by TWO FAMILIES. A field well costs $250.

Maintenance:  Families are trained to maintain their wells in good working order.  The contractor is locally based, so can be called in to do major repairs if needed.

 

 

 

 

 

FAWCO Foundation logoDevelopment Grant Recipients 2011

CRITICAL HEALTH CONCERNS
sponsored in part by AWG Paris

Little Wings PictureName:  The Little Wings Foundation
Location:  Middle East/North Africa
Sponsoring Club: American Women of the Eastern Province
Sponsoring Club’s Length of Affiliation:  2 years
Parent Organization:  The Little Wings Foundation
Website:  www.thelittlewingsfoundation.org
Funding Breakdown: 100% Donations

Purpose of the Grant: The Little Wings Foundation (LWF) provides surgical care to children living in the Middle East/North Africa who suffer with congenital or acquired deficiencies to their limbs. This is accomplished by surgical missions that provide complex orthopedic reconstruction to limb deformities in communities with no access to appropriate healthcare. These missions also provide training opportunities for local healthcare staff, as often they lack the resources to access continuing education.

Patients are screened by a team of health care professionals. Children receive appropriate surgery at the mission site or, for very complex situations, surgical care is received in the UAE or other partnering European countries. The LWF covers all medical, surgical, postoperative equipment and travel expense for the children having surgery. The LWF was created by Dr. Marc Sinclair, a U.S. trained pediatric orthopedic surgeon. Other healthcare professionals volunteer their services for free, receiving neither salary nor incentives.  The LWF partners with the Palestine Children Relief Fund and the Oasis Hospital in Al Ain, UAE, run by Cure International, a U.S. based charity.  LWF is registered as a charitable company in the U.K. and endorsed by the Charity Commission for England and Wales.

The grant will be used to fund surgical procedures and the medical needs of children in the Middle East/North Africa suffering from musculoskeletal deformities.  In addition, for those children needing more sophisticated treatments in the UAE or one of the other European partnering hospitals, the funds will be used to defray travel expenses.

AIWC OF COLOGNE 50th ANNIVERSARY
THE RIGHT TO FOOD AND WATER

mentawai mapName:  Water for Mentawai (Yayasan Bhinneka Tunggal Ika Universal)

Location:  Sumatera Utara, Indonesia

Sponsoring Club: AWG Languedoc-Roussillon
Sponsoring Club’s Length of Affiliation:  3 years
Parent Organization:  none

Website:  www.ybtiuniversal.org
Funding Breakdown:  100% donations



Purpose of the Grant:  The water for Mentawai project will provide water storage tanks for a permanent supply of uncontaminated water in a village where no tap water is currently available.  Diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, and typhus are common but could be reduced by providing clean water.  Skin problems caused by walking in the mud during the rainy season without having clean water for bathing, and by using irrigation water from padi fields for washing could also be avoided.

This project is an extension of the program by YBTI Universal, a not-for-profit organization, to build learning centers in remote areas in the Mentawai Islands of western Sumatera and train teachers for these centers, drawing on the population of the communities where they are located.  YBTI has built housing facilities for the teachers in the learning centers, and a dormitory for children who come from remote villages to study in the center in South Siberut.

The DG funds would be used to purchase and install five water storage tanks to replace reservoirs built by YBTI which were damaged by the 2010 earthquake, whose epicenter was near the Mentawai Islands.  YBTI has installed 300 meters of pipes to bring water from a mountain spring to the dormitory, but storage tanks are needed to replace the cracked reservoirs, and provide a permanent supply of uncontaminated water. The DG would help to provide a constant supply of clean water not just for the dormitory but for the 700 residents of the village where the dormitory is located.

AWSURREY PAM DAHLGREN HOPE THROUGH EDUCATION

Hodi PictureName:  Hodi Peace Center – Shoot to Score, Not to Kill

Location:  Marsabit, Kenya

Sponsoring Club: AWC Bern
Sponsoring Club’s Length of Affiliation: 2 years

Parent Organization:  Horn Africa Development Initiative
Website:  www.hodiafrica.org
Funding Breakdown:  100% private donations

Purpose of the Grant: “Shoot to Score, Not to Kill,” is an initiative in war-torn Marsabit, Kenya to rescue, rehabilitate child soldiers and protect young girls from forced marriages. Dwindling natural resources, namely water, is the source of conflict in northern Kenya. Young men and boys are recruited to fight in tribal conflicts and girls are routinely kidnapped for marriage. After a massacre in 2005, in which over 100 women and children were killed, the Horn of Africa Development Initiative (HODI) began its “Shoot to Score…” peace building initiative. HODI chose to use the country’s favorite sport, football, as its peace building instrument. The condition that teams would be composed of players, who would otherwise be enemies on the battlefield, was initially met with resistance. The peace movement has steadily grown to currently over 250 teams with over 4500 youths, including girls, ages 7 – 25, across Kenya and Ethiopia. In addition to football skills, youths are trained in life skills including teambuilding, conflict resolution and leadership. Upon completion of training, the youths graduate as peace ambassadors to serve their communities as well as their “enemies."

While advances in peaceful coexistence have clearly been made in Marsabit, there continues to be a need for a neutral safe space for at-risk children. The grant would make it possible for HODI to buy an already identified parcel of land near a water source and away from danger, thus enabling them to begin to fulfill their vision of a Peace Center to shelter up to 1000 children.

A PLACE TO LEARN in memory of Barbara Wheeler
sponsored in part by the Wheeler family and AWC Denmark

Bogota mapName:  Proyecto DeVida – Nunkui Project
Location:  Bogota, Columbia

Sponsoring Club: AWC Bogota
Sponsoring Club’s Length of Affiliation:  5 years

Parent Organization:  None

Website:  None

Funding Breakdown:  54% foreign donors, 15% sponsors, 10% private donations in Columbia, 10% sale of condolence & gift certificates, 9% in kind donations and 2% from sales at foundation store

Purpose of the Grant: The Nunkui Project will teach vegetable gardening to hundred children between the ages of four and fourteen in one of Bogotá’s poorest neighborhoods. A containing wall and protective fence will enable the center to expand its area of cultivation.  Most of these children’s families have been displaced from their homes in rural towns and villages due to the violent conflicts. They will learn how to prepare the earth, plant gardens, and work together as a team. The children can then take what they learn back to their neighborhoods and create additional cultivated areas.  Parents will also receive classes in preparing the garden products to enable them to improve their nutrition.

The Proyecto de Vida Foundation is a private non-profit organization founded in 1998. The organization provides a safe environment where the children can acquire the social, cognitive, emotional, and physical skills needed to break the cycle of poverty which envelops them and their families, build self-esteem and to improve their quality of life. More than 800 children between the ages of four and twenty participate before or after school. 

The grant will be used to purchase tools, seeds, seed containers, irrigation hoses, worms and install fencing around the facility as well as other materials for growing seedlings and harvesting produce. It will pay workers (parents) and buy materials to build the containing wall and fence. The remaining funds will be used for the preparation and production of teaching materials to be used by the students as well as promotional material to encourage family and neighborhood participation in the project.

AMERICAN WOMEN OF THE EASTERN PROVINCE SKILLS FOR LIFE
sponsored in part by AILO Florence

Eden Ministry PictureName:  Eden Women’s Ministry

Location:  Shanghai, China
Sponsoring Club: AWC Shanghai
Sponsoring Club’s Length of Affiliation:  1 year
Parent Organization:  Mercy Outreach
Website:  www.edenchina.org
Funding Breakdown:  Donations, grants and the sales of jewelry

Purpose of the Grant: The trafficking of young girls between the ages of 14 and 19 for sexual exploitation is a huge problem in China.  Girls are moved across provinces and traffickers do not face the troubles of border crossings or arrests.  Many of these girls come from the countryside and have no information to protect themselves against HIV or STDs.  Usually they are beaten and raped into submission until they become compliant with their captors and the brothel owners.  Feeling a huge sense of shame these young girls surrender themselves to this lifestyle and believe their young lives to be ruined.  They send money home to support their little brothers through school or their sick parents. They find some comfort in this. The girls earn more money than they have ever seen before in the countryside and become ensnared by their captors.

Eden Women’s Ministry has been working with this problem for more than 7 years in Yunnan, china. We have seen hundreds of girls rescued out of the sex trade and seen real life transformation through the process of counseling, job retraining, fair salaries and living in a safe environment. Our next step is to continue with a new program in Shanghai. The grant will be used toward costs of a new shelter for ten girls. The city is a huge trafficking hub. In our recent street outreach in three different red light areas we found girls that had been trafficked from every province of China.

AROUND THE CORNER, A WORLD AWAY
sponsored in part by AWC The Hague

Morning Tears PictureName:  Coming Home, Morning Tears
Location:  China
Sponsoring Club: AWC Shanghai
Sponsoring Club’s Length of Affiliation:  over 1 year
Parent Organization:  Morning Tears VZW
Website:  www.morningtears.org
Funding Breakdown:  58% donations from Belgium and 24% from China

Purpose of the Grant: Morning Tears cares for children with parents in prison. Without the help of organizations like Morning Tears many children would risk becoming socially neglected and highly vulnerable to abuse, illegal child labor and organized crime. Many of the children in our Coming Home project are traumatized from physical and sexual abuse; they have been left behind by their parent(s) and immediate family. In China children of imprisoned parents are deemed bad luck and often have nowhere to go. There are no laws or regulations protecting children of imprisoned parent(s) as they are not defined as orphans.

Currently 600,000 children in China are in need of our support – and there is very little government involvement. This finds many children living in homes with physical and sexual abuse or on the streets. These situations have devastating effects on children. In our homes the staff is ready to receive more children. Training is an important part of our projects and we are very careful selecting our staff and provide continuous training to ensure the best care for our children.
Morning Tears Shanghai is part of Morning Tears China. Morning Tears is a registered NGO in Holland, Belgian, Denmark, Spain and the US. The organization is non-religious, non-governmental and non-political.
The grant will be used to buy, install bath and bedrooms for eight children. Morning Tears operates on funds from organizations, companies and individuals, allowing us to care for traumatized children who have no other options in life.

THE COUGHLAN FAMILY FOUNDATION
PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF HIV/AIDS, MALARIA AND TUBERCULOSIS

Name:  HIV AIDS Awareness Katosi
Location: Uganda

Sponsoring Club: AWC The Hague
Sponsoring Club’s Length of Affiliation:  1 year

Parent Organization:  Katosi Women Development Trust
Website:  www.katosi.org
Funding Breakdown:  100% Donations

Purpose of the Grant: The project will increase access to HIV testing and counseling services for the people in the Katosi fishing communities on the northern shores of Lake Victoria in Uganda. Despite declining rates of HIV/AIDS infections in Uganda, the story is different among fishing communities, as  HIV/AIDS infection rates are still very high – as much as 38%! Although there are health centers and organizations that provide treatment for HIV/AIDS to this community, they are located far away and they do little to address prevention, which is the most effective way of dealing with the HIV problem.  This project will bring testing and counseling services closer to the people. Awareness training will be provided to help emphasize the importance of HIV testing and to encourage safe behaviors.

Katosi Women Development Trust is a local NGO in the Mukono District of Uganda. KWDT works with 13 women’s groups, and has established an effective network of local women who have successfully implemented rainwater harvesting, sanitation and micro-credit programs.  KWDT has established the trust of the members of the communities it serves, and is well-positioned to help in the sensitive area of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.
The grant will be used to create HIV/AIDS awareness in the Katosi fishing communities. Two hundred eighty five women will get access to testing services and counseling for HIV/AIDS. Home visits will be provided for the affected families.  Awareness training will be conducted and information about HIV/AIDs prevention will be translated into the local languages and distributed to two thousand people.


Our Programs

Your Projects, Your Passions, Your Foundation


In 1967, FAWCO President Mary Mag (1965–1969) and her Board established The FAWCO Foundation; Mary served as the first FAWCO Foundation President until a Board was formed, then again from 1971–1975. Donations were made to relief organizations and academic scholarships were awarded as early as the 1930’s when membership totaled only 10 to 12 clubs. Today, The FAWCO Foundation's mission is to put into action the interests of FAWCO in the global community by specifically aiding charitable, scientific and educational programs, and by supporting the rights of women and children throughout the world. FAWCO’s philanthropic "heart" is supported by the generous and caring spirit of our members.

 

Development Grants (DGs)

Grants map graphicThe Development Grants are aligned with FAWCO's four areas of focus, in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Health, Education, Environment and Human Rights.

The FAWCO Foundation Development Grant program has awarded $472,500 to more than 120 charitable projects in over 50 countries worldwide.  For further information on our Development Grant Program, please see our Development Grants page. If you have a question about submitting nominations, please contact The Foundation Development Grant Administrator.

 

Education Awards (EAs)

awards graphicSince 1972, FAWCO has given out over $944,000 in Education Awards to members and their children, covering many fields of study.

For further information on our Education Awards and to see this year's available awards, please go to our Education Awards page. If you have a question about submitting applications, please contact The Foundation Awards Program Administrator.

 

Target Program

FAWCO and The FAWCO Foundation jointly administer a multi-year program that brings a critical global issue to the attention of FAWCO clubs, their members and to the world. The FAWCO Target Program focuses on one of the four areas of Education, Health, Environment and Human Rights.

The FAWCO Foundation supports the Target project through its Backing Women Fundraising Campaign.

The current Target Program (2016-2019) is focusing on Education. The project is Hope Byond Displacement, the Collateral Repair Project.  For more information regarding the Target project, please go to the FAWCO Target webpage.     

 

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Fawco Foundation

Who We Are

 

The FAWCO Foundation was created in 1967 and is the philanthropic arm of FAWCO, a network of independent American and international volunteer organizations.  We are a U.S. non-profit corporation, registered in the State of Missouri as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

The FAWCO Foundation supports the philanthropic goals of FAWCO by developing, administering and fundraising for programs that improve the lives of women and children worldwide. 

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