Dear <<First Name>>,

AAWC has enjoyed an eventful and exciting quarter, as it turned 16!
  • 16th anniversary celebration: We at AAWC have renewed our commitment towards a better life for the women and children in the red light area and continue to empower, nourish and energize them. We celebrated it with the Annual Udaan Felicitation Programme, with energetic and thought-provoking performances by our Udaan girls on themes like anti-dowry and right to education, followed by an award ceremony to encourage our girls to excel and fly even higher.
  • Awards: During the past quarter, AAWC was named Jury’s Choice Winner in the AmeriCares India Foundation's Spirit of Humanity Awards and was shortlisted in the Top 10 Small NGOs category in the GuideStar India NGO Awards.
Enkindling the flame of hope, joy and flight
      AAWC 16th Anniversary Udaan felicitation awards
  • Participation in State level research on Anti-human trafficking: AAWC has been selected by the Maharashtra State Rural Livelihood Mission (MSRLM) to be a participant in a research on Anti-human Trafficking, as a resource and data base. For this purpose, our CEO, Program Director and an Umeed beneficiary gave a presentation and talk on "Vocational training for trafficked women." Our staff were interviewed and a focus group discussion was also done with our Udaan girls (likes, dislikes, aspirations, etc.), as a part of this state-level research.
  • Capacity building: Our staff attended workshops on viral load testing, HIV/AIDS, anti-human trafficking, paediatric counselling,and annual report writing. Management also attended the Annual Stakeholder’s Conference on Child Sexual Abuse organised by Arpan Foundation and an Anti-human Trafficking:Orientation and Perspective building session conducted by Maharashtra State Rural Livelihood Mission (MSRLM).
  • Monthly medical check-ups: Umeed, Umang, and Udaan members were examined by the medical team from Reliance Foundation and administered drugs, as per necessity.
MSRLM Anti-human Trafficking Session
  Reliance Foundation monthly medical check-up      
Happy Monsoon!

Manju Vyas
Chief Executive Officer
Empowerment
  • Annual felicitation programme: The girls performed theme dances and were awarded for academics, overall performance, discipline, etc. They also attended an informative workshop called "Snakes: Types; myths and superstitions" organized by Sarp Mitra.
  • Career exposure visits: The girls explored future careers at Nagpada Police Station, Byculla Fire Brigade, Bank of India, and American Library.
  • Career guidance: The girls learned about interior design as a career, from a volunteer in the profession.
Theme  performance at the Annual Udaan felicitation
Cheering for Mumbai Indians at an IPL cricket match
  • Edutainment workshops: Our girls attended classes on English speaking, diary making, story-book making, mandala art therapy, mehendi designs, paper bag making, jewellery-making, puppet-making, conducted by our dedicated long-term volunteers like Susan Laidlaw, Cindy, B’jorn Eklund, and Nishtha Modi. 
  • Health awareness workshops: The girls attended workshops on nutrition, child sexual abuse, and yoga.
  • Recreational excursions: The girls enjoyed excursions to an IPL cricket match, Shangrila Waterpark, and a Parle-G factory.
  • Monthly meetings: Women learned about viral load testing, Right To Education Act, bank account maintenance and documentation, school admission documentation and procedures, boarding home / night shelter guidelines, and Project Lighthouse regulations (one-on-one mentorship program for Udaan girls).
  • Child's Future Sessions: Mothers reviewed earlier lessons and discussed about measuring their child's progress, creating a safe environment for their children, and protecting their children from dangerous persons.
  • Session on Effective Parenting: Dinu Mathew from Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work conducted a workshop on creating a healthy relationship between the mother and the child, e.g., appreciating and motivating their child.
Child's Future Session Series
                 Session on Effective Parenting
  • Vocational crafts: The women made beautiful necklaces, bracelets and earrings using varnished paper beads. In the Sareelution Program, women made wallets, handbags, and pencil bags using recycled saree material.
  • Holi Celebration: Umeed beneficiaries learned about the importance of the festival and had a splendid time playing with eco-friendly Holi powder.
  • Balwadi (kindergarten): Toddlers learn basic shapes, words, good habits, and moral values through e-learning audio-visuals, flash cards, puzzles, and story-telling. Assignment-tests are conducted periodically to evaluate the performance of each child to further focus on their personal issues.
  • School admissions: Thirteen children were enrolled into formal schooling and have achieved regular attendance. Most of the children have been admitted to private schools and have showed remarkable interest in education.
  • Nutrition and health: Food is provided as per a specialized diet chart and a medical health checkup is done every month. Children with low body weight and immunity have shown signs of improvement.
                         Hanging Gardens of Mumbai
                                  Two palm trees!
  • Recreational excursions: The toddlers enjoyed outings to the Hanging Gardens of Mumbai, an outdoor games session (ball games, musical games, memory games, hockey, flying discs), and indoor games (musical chairs, feely bags, puzzles).
  • Art and craft activities: The tiny tots enjoyed fan-boat making, paper beads painting, butterfly making, colours activity, sponge activity, and clay moulding.
  • Nishtha Modi, Volunteer from the United StatesI had an amazing time getting to know all the kids and the staff! I really hope that one day I can come back to AAWC as a doctor and try to help more!
  • Mitali Trivedi, Intern from Ambedkar University Delhi: I’m certain that AAWC’s strong and infectious determination can bring about a real change for the betterment of this community. Anybody who collaborates with AAWC once leaves only to come back again, and I’m no exception.
Help us in our endeavours to empower lives, by partnering with us & participating in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2015! You can collaborate with us by:
a> Running
b> Fundraising 
c>Sponsoring runners

To know more, you can send an e-mail to give@aawc.in or  call us at 022-23819721
 
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