Our 2016 Gala supported these three organizations:
Look Good Feel Better for women at MCH Antoniushove in The Hague is a community service program that provides useful information specifically tailored to help women deal with the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Guided by experienced volunteers from the cosmetic industry, patients learn how to care for their skin and apply make-up to help minimize the appearance related side-effects of your treatment. Women are also be shown practical and creative ways to help deal with impending hair loss – with the opportunity to try on wigs, headscarves and turbans to suit their needs. The workshops are designed to empower the women with practical tips and tricks to boost your self-esteem and confidence while undergoing treatment. Your support of the 2016 Red White and Blue gala will help fund these workshops free of charge to local women undergoing cancer treatment in The Hague.
Based in the Netherlands, Stichting SPOSA Child (Save and Protect our Sexually abused child) was established in August 2010 as an independent, small-scale, non-profit charity foundation. Our mission is rehabilitation and healing of sexually and physically abused children, through the gift of education on the island of Negros in the Philippines. The 2016 Red White & Blue Gala will support SPOSA’s efforts to provide a complete education through sustained funding from the Scholarship program for 13 girls. The SPOSA CHILD Educational Scholarship Fund covers costs such as uniforms, books and other school materials, physical education, transport to/from school, meals, and reintegration counseling. AWC – The Hague member, Marilyn Tinsay, serves as Chairperson of SPOSA Child.
Working with families and communities in rural Kenya, Stahili promotes education tool to end exploitation, keep children together, and break the cycle of poverty. While most of the children that Stahili supports have either endured abuse and exploitation in an orphanage or have faced other vulnerabilities, they have loving relatives or members of the community who want to care for them, but cannot due to severe poverty. Stahili empowers the children’s guardians and allows them to give the children a life they deserve. Stahili monitors the children’s well-being and provides them with:
• Protection from exploitation, cruelty, and abuse.
• Education through post-secondary school.
• Access to medical and psychosocial support.
• Food, clothing, and hygiene needs.
• Encouragement and mentorship.
Stahili currently supports 36 children from the ages of 5 [ ] through 24 and plans to send its first student to University and advance an additional number of students to high school in 2016. AWC members’ support of the 2016 Red White & Blue Gala will help to fund Stahili’s continuing projects in 2016 to give vulnerable children in Kenya access to education.
Michelle Oliel, AWC – The Hague member, is Co-Founder and Director of the Stahili Foundation.