Dear <<First Name>>,

AAWC has enjoyed an exciting quarter, raising awareness at the national and international levels!
  • State Visit by Government of Canada: AAWC was selected as one of six NGOs across India to host the Government of Canada during its nine-day State Visit to India. Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, wife of the Governor General of Canada, met with several Umeed and Udaan alumni and played games with the girls. (read more)
  • Awards: During the past few months, AAWC been named Jury’s Choice Winner in AmeriCares India Foundation's Spirit of Humanity Awards, Finalist in MATCH International Women’s Fund, Semifinalist in Dasra Girl Power Awards, and Semifinalist in Ennovent’s Power to Empower Awards.
AAWC with the Canadian State delegation
Spirit of Humanity Awards - Jury's Choice
  • Mumbai Marathon: AAWC was proud to be represented by Jai Bhatia, Yogendra Bhonsale, Sumer Juneja, and Avanish Kumar at the 2014 Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon. Many thanks to our wonderful supporters!
  • Fundraising: For the fourth consecutive year, AAWC was invited to display our products at DSB International School’s annual carnival.
Sumer Juneja running for AAWC
Paper bead necklace displayed at the DSB carnival
  • Capacity building: All staff members received a series of advanced trainings in Microsoft Excel from Pallavi Bhurewar, a volunteer from Vodafone India’s “World of Difference” program. Namita Khatu, Program Director, also attended a full-day workshop on performance management conducted by Pentagon Consultants.
  • Programming: Members and staff celebrated the Holi festival with games, songs, dances, and eco-friendly coloured powder. We also organised a dental camp in partnership with Nair Hospital for 65 women and children.
Dental camp
Happy Spring!

Manju Vyas
Chief Executive Officer
Empowerment
  • Achieve Together Conference: The girls attended a full-day leadership conference hosted by the American School of Bombay. Conference speakers included Dr. Mukund Rajan, Chairman of the Tata Council for Community Initiatives; and Nandita Das, a prolific actor, Masters in Social Work graduate, and Chairperson of the Children’s Film Society.
  • Career and education choices: Dr. Rohini Sudhahar conducted a workshop on degree programs and Non-Formal Education (NFE) at SNDT Women’s University.
  • Engineering: A volunteer group led by Gayatri Mohan conducted a workshop on career opportunities in engineering.
  • Arts and crafts: The older girls learned basket making and advanced greeting card design.
Annual picnic at Shangrila Waterpark
Annual Sports Day
Education
  • Computer literacy: Volunteers from Australia's Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES) taught computer literacy and played computer games with the girls.
  • Math: Shubha Patankar from the Kotak Education Foundation conducted a math workshop.
Health
  • Menstruation workshop: Karishma and Shaila, interns from SNDT Women’s University, conducted a workshop on menstrual health for the older Udaan girls.
  • Annual Sports Day: The girls actively competed for prizes in various sports and fitness activities.
Recreation
  • Makar Sankranti: The girls made a collage of kites and wrote their aspirations on the collage to celebrate this kite-flying festival.
  • Republic Day: The girls participated in arts and crafts, competed in a quiz, and painted and signed a mural with their handprints.
  • Annual picnic: The girls enjoyed playing, dancing and socializing at Shangrila Waterpark.
Empowerment
  • Child’s Future Session Series: We continued this focus group for mothers of girls who stay at the AAWC night shelter, with the objective of expanding it after the initial pilot phase ends in June 2014. During this quarter’s session, we emphasized the importance of adult literacy and invited successful literacy students to motivate the others by sharing their personal stories. We also introduced various income generating options for the women through videos and PowerPoint presentations. After receiving a good response, we organised workshops on making jewelry from varnished paper beads.
  • International Women's Day: We recognised five Umeed members for their achievements in various categories (e.g., regular attendance at monthly meetings, regular participation in adult literacy program, punctuality of their children at Umang daily classes) to encourage their excellent progress.
Child's Future Session Series
Makar Sankranti
Recreation
  • Annual picnic: The women enjoyed a day at the hot springs and Vajreshwari and Ganeshpuri temple in Virar.
  • Makar Sankranti: Women celebrated the kite-flying festival by signing and releasing kites into the air. Following the traditional practice of Haldi Kumkum, they also exchanged turmeric and vermilion powder as a blessing on their husbands and partners.
  • Annual picnic: Umang members visited Veermata Jijabai Bhonsle Udyan Park/Zoo, where they discovered exciting animals and played games in the garden and playground.
  • Makar Sankranti: The children learned about the meaning of this festival and decorated a large kite to form the AAWC logo.
Holi
Republic Day
  • Republic Day: The Umang toddlers celebrated Republic Day by creating an Indian flag.
  • Rajaram Bapu Surywanshi Garden: The children enjoyed outdoor games and activities.
  • Jyoti*, Umeed member: My daughter prays before every meal at home as taught in AAWC. I feel proud to see these positive changes in her.
  • Anita, Intern from Germany: I entered as a Social Work intern, I turned into a partner, and I left as a sister.
  • Kit, Volunteer from CERES: Coming to AAWC has definitely been a life-changing experience. I will always have a special place in my heart for AAWC and will be a lifelong supporter.
* Name changed to protect identity.
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