AWG Partner Charities
Coeur des Femmes
Coeur Des Femmes is a Paris based urgency day shelter for women excluded from society. AWG has been involved in the center’s developmental for many years. With a team of highly motivated social workers, CDF is now in a phase of offering community opportunities to the ladies to help them integrate more in society. AWG shares our presence, talking, sitting for a breakfast of good nutrition twice monthly and supporting a respectful, calm haven for the ladies. We sponsor the new Breakfast Bank as well as holiday celebrations and creative activities. AWG members recently spear-headed a sewing micro business for CDF.
Morning Star Children’s Centre in Welkom, South Africa, is a day care center for 140 children, providing nutrition, education, medication and love to the children who are HIV/ AIDS positive with additional support of their families. We can help by sponsoring a child for just 21.50€ a child for one month and 14.50€ will buy a food parcel for a month for a whole family.
In the biggest slum of Asia, the SSRVM School is nurturing the dreams of over 400 students. The school is not just a center of learning, it is a place where students can leave behind domestic violence, crime, child labor and the constant lack of opportunity. Teachers place special emphasis on hygiene, health, and individual responsibility, running a vocational training centre to enhance capabilities of students to facilitate future employment.
WMI’s mission is to establish village-level loan hubs, administered by local women, to provide capital, training and support services to rural women in the lowest income brackets in East Africa so that they can engage in income producing activities.
Community Volunteer Opportunities
Coeur des Femmes is a day shelter for at-risk women near the Gare de Lyon. AWG has a weekly presence. The first time you go, you will likely think: What in the world can I do for these women who are so very down on their luck? Simply treat them with respect – woman to woman. It doesn’t require fluent French, just fluent humanity. We chit-chat, we serve snacks or breakfast. We help with projects like arts and crafts (you may find out that the woman next to you was a seamstress in her home country!). We do fund-raising around the holidays to make sure the ladies have warm gloves and scarves for the winter. In past years we have painted walls, provided flower boxes and helped with needed plumbing repairs. If you do not have the time for this kind of on-hands volunteering -- Coeur des Femmes always needs toiletries and sanitary napkins. Bring all that fun stuff from hotels and airplanes to any members’ meeting and it will be put to good use. Contact Arlene at: Arlbru2004@yahoo.com for more information.
La Soupe -- Eglise Trinité, Place d'Estienne d'Orves, 75009
There is something special about Monday mornings in Paris. Sharpen your knife, grab your peeler and your apron and head off to La Soupe (the Soup Kitchen). Spend a little time chopping carrots, potatoes, leeks, onions – sometimes we even get le butternut. A petite French woman in heels and an elegant apron will inspect your work and allow you to bring your offerings to the kitchen. In the meantime, you realize you’ve spent an hour talking about the weekend, the kids, the grandkids, the best Chinese market in Paris … in English, in French, in Franglais. And all the vegetables (even le butternut) have disappeared. And the aromas are starting to come from the kitchen!
And after our own lunch, our guests arrive. Yes, mostly men, mostly homeless, mostly mentally ill or alcoholic but altogether human. The number served is quite astonishing – usually about two hundred.
Some of us are choppers, some of us are servers. Some are both. Occasionally, one of us is promoted (however temporarily) to cook! Some stay for an hour. Some stay from 9:30 until all the pots are washed. And when La Soupe closes from mid-June until mid-October, we miss it.