2017 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. 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.

Many thanks to our sponsors and supporters of the International Women of Courage Celebration that make these grants possible.

2017 Us Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage

  • Malebogo Malefhe, Bostswana
  • Maj. Aichatou I. Ousmane, Niger
  • Zhanna Nemtsova, Russia
  • Sister Carolin Tahhan Fachakh, Syria
  • Natalia Ponce de Leon, Colombia
  • Vernoica Simogun, Papua New Guinea
  • Saadet Ozkan, Turkey
  • Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, Vietnam
  • Rebecca Kabugho, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Cindy A. Contreras Bautista, Peru
  • Fadia Najib Thabet, Yemen
  • Jannat Al Ghezi, Iraq
  • Fatimata M’baye, Mauritania
  • Sandya Eknelygoda, Sri Lanka
  • Dr. Nihal Naj Ali Al-Awiaqi, Yemen

2017 AWIU Representative List of Grant Recipients

AFGHANISTAN:

KHADIJA KUBRA WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION FOR CULTURE – Kandahar

English /Computer Classes to provide education and career advancement

INDIA:

HOPE, Human Organisation for People’s Enlightenment
Child Survival and Safe Motherhood Program

FRIENDLY WATERS
Training on the use of bio-sand filters to sanitize water

RPDS, Rural People Development Society
Trade skills training program for vulnerable young girls and women

KENYA:

FRUITS OF HOPE
Constructing sinking wells to improve hygiene

PDI, Participatory Development Initiative
Providing “power porridge” to malnourished women and child victims of HIV and TB

LIBERIA:

WSD, Women Solidarity and Development
Empowerment of Ebola women and caretakers of Ebola orphans to end poverty through skill training

MEXICO:

MELEL XOJOBAL – CHIAPAS (Year 2)
Program to help girls obtain birth certificates, without which they have no legal rights to healthcare and education

NICARAGUA:

THE LILY PROJECT
Providing screening for cervical cancer

PAKISTAN:

AWARE
Programs focused on stopping violence against women

REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO:

CITIES OF PEACE
Art project aimed at reducing religious extremism through engaging marginalized youth in a creative, interactive art initiative

TANZANIA:

NYAMETE WOMEN AND DEVELOPMENT (Year 2)
Poultry keeping training and loan facility for women

UGANDA:

BAWONIFA, Banda Women Initiative
Tree planting project to prevent soil erosion and maintain biodiversity whilst improving living conditions and farming initiatives

UAOWF, United African Orphans and Widows
Training women to make and distribute reusable sanitary pads