AWIU Announces Grants Recipients for 2022

Grants for women and women's empowerment from AWIU

2022 AWIU Grants to Non-Profits

Central to AWIU’s mission is our commitment to strengthening the work of women across the world through grants. Early on, AWIU issued grants for individual women to travel to the United States for study. In the past number years, grants have been issued to organizations which enhance the wellbeing of women within a developing country. “We encourage grants for concrete projects, those with a beginning, middle and end, and with specific goals clearly defined,” says Marsha Niazmand, co-chair of the Grants Committee. Stelle Feuers, her co-chair, added, “The grants traditionally serve poorly educated, marginalized women and girls who would benefit from a project designed to meet their needs now and into the future.”

This year’s 14 grants were approved by the AWIU Board of Directors in May, 2022, drawing from a budget of $30,000. Of the group, six are returning organizations that have received previous grants from AWIU. Africa is home to 12 of these organizations. Two other grants were awarded to organizations in the Caribbean and India. Four of the grants were issued to organizations in countries that have not previously received an AWIU grant:  Burundi, Guinea, Haiti and Sierra Leone.

Thanks to the Grants Committee for their hard work: Janice Colon, Stelle Feuers, Mary Pat Garr, Meg Huebner, Judith Jakaitis, Sharon Kolby, Linda Kukler, Marsha Niazmand, Eunice Reddick, Laura Schuldt


2022 Grant Recipients



Femmes En Action, F.E.A. (or Women in Action)

Hairdressing equipment and related training for unemployed women


Young Dynamic Youths (CYDY)

Maternal and child health education for internally displaced single adolescents and pregnant women


The Prince and Princess Academy

Building materials for three additional elementary school classrooms


Women Force Organization

Sewing machines and training for female bread-winners to embark on fashion careers

Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast Mothers and Children Clinic

Nutritional support for children enrolled at the local village school and the completion of a vaccination room at the health center


Rwanda Children

Nutrition and hygiene training and gardening program for women and children

Sierra Leone

The Needy Today

Computers for an ICT Center where impoverished women and girls learn digital literacy skills


Women Arises Association

Guaranteed clean water via a new water tank for the Bwatale Community Hospital, which serves a six-village community


Divine Action (DARUDEFO)

Training women in the low-cost and environmentally friendly production of smokeless briquettes as an alternative to charcoal and wood fuel



Training, machines and supplies for teen mothers to learn tailoring skills



Training in the use of sewing and other machines to generate income from the fabrication of garments, sanitary pads, and shoes


Alpha Women

Raising pigs for food security

The Caribbean


Second Mile

Pre-natal and maternal care materials, medications, and midwives for delivery and post-delivery care    


HOPE (Human Organization for People’s Enlightenment)

Bamboo handicraft training and tools to help women start a sustainable business

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