AWIU Grant Program

50 Year Seal

2016 GRANT PROGRAM SUMMARY

AWIU awards grants focused on training and empowering women and girls throughout the globe. Each year individual grants are given to the U.S. Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage, whose bios can be viewed at www.awiu.org. AWIU grants enable these remarkable women to continue their work in their respective countries. AWIU also awards grants to organizations in remote areas of the world. What makes AWIU’s grants unique is that the majority of our grants are given directly to grassroots organizations in the form of micro-grants, filling an important niche by providing much needed funds to organizations considered too small by large foundations. AWIU also partners with other organizations with established projects for a greater impact.

In 2016, AWIU awarded over $41,000 in grants to 16 organizations.

2016 US SECRETARY OF STATE’S INTERNATIONAL WOMEN OF COURAGE

Sara Hossain, Bangladesh; Thelma Aldana, Guatemala; Zhanna Nemtsova, Russia; Rodjaraeg Wattanapanit, Thailand; Debra Baptist-Estrada, Belize;  Dr. Nagham Hasan, Iraq; Zuzana Števulová, Slovakia; Ni Yulan, China; Nisha Ayub, Malaysia;  Awadeya Mahmoud, Sudan; Latifa Ibn Ziaten, France; Fatimata M’baye, Mauritania;  Vicky Ntetema, Tanzania;  Dr. Nihal Naj Ali Al-Awiaqi, Yemen

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2016 AWIU ORGANIZATIONAL GRANT RECIPIENTS

Grant Recipients Melel Xojobal in Chiapas, Mexico

Grant Recipients Melel Xojobal in Chiapas, Mexico

AFGHANISTAN

KHADIJA KUBRA WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION FOR CULTURE – KANDAHAR 

English /Computer Classes to provide education and career advancement

INDIA

HOPE IN LIFE – SHURU KOLKATA

Let Us Hold Hands (Prisoner Training Project)

HUMANE VOLUNTARY WELFARE ASSOCIATION (HVWA)

Purchase of sewing machines, training materials and instruction in sewing and tailoring creating additional income opportunity

SPRMMM (Sree Padmarani Mary Mahila Mandali)

Tailoring/Knitting Project to foster skill development and source of additional income

WOMEN DEVELOPMENT WELFARE SOCIETY (WDWS)

Purchase of bicycles for “untouchable” girls, providing them with transportation to school

KENYA

PARTICIPATORY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES (2)

Educating adolescent girls about HIV/AIDS and providing feminine hygiene products with a goal of increasing school attendance

MEXICO

MELEL XOJOBAL – CHIAPAS

Program to help girls obtain birth certificates, without which they have no legal rights to healthcare and education

PAKISTAN

SAIDU FALAHI TANZEEM

Campaign against forced marriages

DA HAWWA LUR

Tailoring Project to foster skill development and income opportunity

REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO

PREHJA WOMEN’S CENTER

Strengthening and promoting women’s values

UGANDA

ALPHA WOMEN EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE

Purchased knitting machines to help women establish economic independence

KRMA-US PARTNERS, LTD

Establishment of a female owned and operated Cassava Farm

LUBENGOA WOMEN DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (LUWODEA)

Training women to use local natural products to make smokeless, eco-friendly charcoal briquettes

MITOOMA WOMEN’S DIGNITY

Animal husbandry project providing piglets and agronomy training in isolated rural region

ZAMBIA

LOS ANGELES –LUSAKA SISTER CITY COMMITTEE

Microfinance project to improve economic development for women and children

AFGHANISTAN / NIGERIA

Collaboration with NGOs promoting programs such as training midwives in Afghanistan and supporting doctors repairing torn fistulas in Niger.