2015 Beneficiaries


The American Women’s Club of The Hague has an 85 year history of philanthropy, whereby we have touched and improved lives in our community of The Hague and beyond. The tradition of giving back has been the primary focus of our organization since its inception and continues to this day. Since 2002 alone, our charity galas have donated 1.5 million Euros to our beneficiaries. Our 85 & Counting Anniversary Benefit will support the following organizations:

AWC The Hague is a founding member of The Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas (FAWCO), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with special consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. FAWCO is a network of independent American and international volunteer organizations. In March 2014, FAWCO selected Free The Girls as their Target Project: Human Rights for Women. Free the Girls, a non-profit organization that provides job opportunities for survivors of sex trafficking in Mozambique, Uganda and El Salvador. The group donates gently used bras to rescued women as starting inventory for their own business selling the bras. Visit their Websites at fawco.org and freethegirls.org

LighthouseLighthouse Special Education is the only school of its kind in the Netherlands. It serves the community by educating English speaking children with moderate to severe special needs, particularly autism related disorders.

Special Education…
child playingOur goal is to improve the Lighthouse environment by equipping the school with a scientifically proven “Snoezelen Room” (controlled multisensory environment) at a cost of €13.500.

Lachen-LogoWHAT CAN HELP? There isn’t a sound sweeter than a child’s laugh! And that’s what Laat Ze Maar Lachen, or “Let Them Laugh,” does for the most vulnerable children, those living below the poverty line, in the Netherlands.

kids climbing in tree…Special Recreation…Help us provide a year’s worth of outings for children in the six cities in the Netherlands served by Laat Ze Maar Lachen. The cost is approximately €12.000 – €14.000.

Hulphond-LogoWe all need a helping hand at some time, and for children with disabilities that helping hand might actually be a furry paw.

child and dog…Special Therapeutic Friends
With your assistance, the AWC would like to sponsor a Hulphond Nederlands therapy dog to work with as many as 300 children during the course of its working career. The cost is €17.000 for training and €4.000 for the dog’s aftercare. www.hulphond.nl