From your new ACWW rep, Val Simpson, December 2018:
Dear SWFWI members,
Is your support for ACWW* limited to a few coins in a Pennies for Friendship collection pot?
Are you looking for ideas on how to increase your fundraising?
Perhaps you’re a relatively new club and would like to know more about ACWW and the great work it does around the world?
I’m Val Simpson and I’m the newly appointed ACWW Rep for Suffolk West. My aim is to support any club that is looking for more information, either on ACWW itself, how the WI is involved, or for simple ideas in fundraising. Some of my club’s efforts recently have involved cucumbers, crafts and jam - well, this is the WI!
If you’d like to know more, you can contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or I’m happy to travel to your meeting to speak briefly to you and your members.
I look forward to meeting some of you over the coming months.
With best wishes,
SWFWI ACWW Rep
ACWW* (Associated Countrywomen of the World) is where our Pennies for Friendship collections go – look out for the collection envelope in the monthly mailing. This can be handed over at the Federation Annual Meeting at the Apex in April 2019.
ASSOCIATED COUNTRY WOMEN OF THE WORLD
Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) is the international charity supported by the WI movement. It is the largest international organisation for rural women and has a uniquely down-to-earth approach,offering mutual support, friendship and practical help to its members. It funds group projects on literacy, health education,nutrition, home economics, agriculture, income generation, water and sanitation, leadership end entrepreneurship. It also funds individual scholarships in social and community welfare.The organisation has a membership of nine million IN 75 ccounties woldwide.
Member Societies in over 70 countries; every Suffolk West member is also an affiliated member of ACWW. ACWW is entirely dependent for income on annual dues paid by Member Societies and Individual Member donations. It receives no government funding.
ACWW's Aims & Objectives are:
TO RAISE the standard of living of rural women and families through education, training and community development programmes.
TO PROVIDE practical support to its members and help them set up income-generating schemes.
TO GIVE rural women a voice at international level through its consultative status with several UN agencies. Inshort, whether it is funding a project or a scholarship, or speaking out at a UN committee or conference for the basic human rights all women and families deserve, the work of ACWW may be summed up thus EMPOWERING WOMEN WORLDWIDE.
Everything ACWW does is aimed at helping women to help their families and so improve nutrition and education. Requests for funding comes from the women themselves, nothing is imposed from outside, and the money is given directly to the women. The beauty of an ACWW project is that relatively small amounts of money are applied to small, specific local projects which can be closely monitored to ensure that help is given to that target group. Local monitoring ensures that only viable and worthwhile projects are approved and ongoing feedback confirms that the money has been spent correctly.
A public statement from the Associated Country Women of the World
Eliminating Violence Against Women - 2017
New ACCW Project
SOCIETY: Cameroon Gender and Environment Watch (CAMGEW)
PROJECT: Improving the livelihoods of indigenous Mbororo women around Kilum-ljim forest
PROJECT NO: 1031
SWFWI COMMITMENT: £3947. ACWW will allocate the £342.62 which has been received recently from SWFWI to this project.
Public Affairs Committee - ACWW - May 2017 Update
THANK YOU FROM ACWW
Dear Suffolk West FWI,
I write on behalf of ACWW to acknowledge receipt of the wonderful donation of £1581.89 for our WI Pennies for Friendship fund on the 3rd April 2017.
This is a most welcome contribution, thank you very much! I would be grateful if you would please pass on our thanks to all the members for their generosity. Donations such as these are what allow us to continue our work in connecting and supporting women and communities worldwide.
Thank you very much for your continued support for ACWW and our very best wishes for the future.
Associated Country Women of the World
0207 799 3875
ACWW ‘FRIENDSHIP FUND 2017’
In 2017 we will be continuing with our project based in the Western Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. In this area women have had to travel more than 4 kilometres to fetch water from the nearest creek or well; some of this water was polluted and so many people became ill or died from water-borne diseases. The latest report shows that the project has got off to a good start and has begun to make a difference already. It is a larger project than we usually support and we have pledged to raise £5000 towards the total cost. All money received from you from now on will go towards this project and, don't worry, there is no timescale on our fundraising so we may take as long as we like to raise this sum.
Education and even the provision of adequate food and clean water on tap is beginning to make a huge difference to many lives in less fortunate corners of the world. You can, and usually do, respond to this need by your contributions to what we in Suffolk West have come to call our ‘Friendship Fund’.
Do you have a jar for spare change at meetings or give the proceeds of a special raffle or bring and buy stall – perhaps you vote with coins on one of the competitions. Whatever your money-spinning idea, please make that extra effort so that our collection at the Federation Annual Meeting in March enables us to raise a really significant sum that will make a difference to other women’s lives.
Please put any contribution is an envelope marked Pennies for Friendship with your WI Name on it, then either hand it in at the Federation Annual Meeting or post it back to the office
Papua New Guinea
Pepik Model Community Water Project– Number 0990
Progress Report 2016
ACWW UPDATE - May 2016
After all the donations presented at the Federation Annual Meeting have been counted, I am delighted to report that Suffolk West Federation raised just over £2,800 last year in support of our project to bring a clean water supply to an area of Papua New Guinea. This is an excellent result and means we have achieved well over half of our target of a £5,000 contribution to this worthy and very necessary cause; we will continue to support this project during 2016/17. A progress report on the project has just been received from ACWW and I hope to include this in a future issue of WI News so please watch out for that. Thank you once again for your unfailing generosity to help less privileged women around the world.
Walsham le Willows and District WI
ACWW UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 2015
Congratulations,everyone – we have achieved our target of £3000 to help fund a land improvement and food production project in Tonga. This has been done in about 15 months which is a great result! ACWW have sent a Certificate of Appreciation which will be displayed in the Federation Office; it reads: "Congratulations to members of Suffolk West FWI on your wonderful achievement in raising funds for this project. Thanks to your enthusiasm and fundraising efforts, you have supported women in Tonga in improving their lives."
We have chosen the next project to support – this is once again a clean water project (the favoured type of project of many of you) and is based in the Western Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. In this area women have to travel more than 4 kilometres to fetch water from the nearest creek or well; some of this water is polluted and so many people become ill or die from water-borne diseases. It is a larger project than we usually support and we have pledged to raise £5000 towards the total cost. All money received from you from now on will go towards this project and, don't worry,there is no timescale on our fundraising so we may take as long as we like to raise this sum.
I will circulate more details about this project as I receive them but, in the meantime, thanks once again on behalf of ACWW and the women of Tonga!
Walsham le Willows and DistrictWI
ACWW UPDATE - JUNE 2015
Iam delighted to be able to report that the ACWW donations collected at the recent Federation Annual Meeting amounted to the excellent figure of £2075.07. Added to donations already passed on by WIs, the total now stands at £2667.60 – we originally pledged to raise £3000 towards our current project in Tonga. As we are so near to our target Public Affairs Sub-Committee will discuss whether to take on a new project during the year and will let you all know as soon as possible. Thank you once again for your always generous response; it is very greatly appreciated by myself, by ACWW and by the women of Tonga!
Walsham le Willows and District WI