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Charitable Giving • 2019-2022

Supporting Local and International Communities through Health

In the period from July 2019 through June 2022, the Club focused its charitable efforts on improving the lives of women and children in the area of health.

Locally, we supported Bunter Kreis Rheinland (BKR). Bunter Kreis Rheinland works with families of disabled, chronically ill and critically ill children. Their main focus is the medical care of young patients at home by nurses and social workers. Additionally, they offer programs to support the families in their everyday lives including travel and leisure activities for children and young people with disabilities, activities for children suffering from diabetes, as well as activities for the healthy brothers and sisters of sick or handicapped children. The plan was to help launch a siblings program in the Cologne area, to match that which operated in Bonn. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, these plans never came to fruition. Not only were our fundraising efforts limited*, but the pandemic made it impossible for BKR to take on such an ambitious initiative. In total we donated 4500€.

Our first donation was disbursed in the summer of 2020 as the Corona virus was spreading and not much was yet known about it. Lock-downs were in place and organizations were desperate for protective medical supplies. Our donation of 2000€ was gratefully received and used to secure personal protective equipment (PPE) like surgical masks, gowns, gloves, and sanitizers.

In June 2021, we donated an additional 2000€ to help underwrite the costs of running a riding camp for children with mental, physical or emotional-social impairments and to fully sponsor one young girl. The camp not only provided a wonderful experience for the children, but also much needed respite for the parents. The camp took place in October 2021, the second year of the pandemic; with vaccines widely available, more outdoor activities were taking place.

Our final donation of 500€ was made in June 2022. With COVID-19 restrictions mostly lifted, BKR is revisiting efforts to build up a sibling program in Cologne. They will rent space to host sibling groups in the fall. 

      On the international front, the AIWCC supported the FAWCO Target Project, S.A.F.E. (Safe Alternatives for Female Genital Mutilation Elimination) an initiative of Hope for Girls & Women Tanzania (HGWT). HGWT advocates to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and other harmful practices (intimate partner violence, child marriage and other forms of violence) affecting women and children in the Mara Region of Tanzania. HGWT promotes and protects the rights of girls and women by providing education to girls and the community at large, strengthening social cohesion, promoting positive social change and increasing the capacity of women and girls to live free of violence. HGWT's mission is to promote human dignity and respect for girls and women by: 

      • Campaigning for the elimination of female genital mutilation (FGM) and other harmful practices that affect children and women in their community; 
      • Promoting respect, human dignity and equality of all human beings;
      • Empowering communities to break the cycle of poverty and inequality; 
      • Supporting survivors of gender-based violence.

      Here is a summary of some of the outcomes achieved through the programs provided by S.A.F.E.: 
      • They identified 523 families who experienced FGM and offered various forms of support;  
      • Extensive psychological counseling was provided to survivors, family and communities in individual and group sessions;  
      • 13 ARP (Alternative Rites of Passage) ceremonies were held with more than 5,000 attendees and 810 dignity kits were given to girls;  
      • 402 girls successfully reconciled with their families. Families have to sign a legal contract outlining their commitment to keeping their daughters safe and not proceeding with FGM or any other form of GBV (gender-based violence); regular follow-up is done to ensure this is adhered to; 
      • 1,126 women and girls were trained on sexual and reproductive health, GBV, life skills and maternal and neonatal care;    
      • 146 peer educators were trained to support the fight to eliminate FGM;
      • 20 women′s groups were provided with seed funding to start income-generating projects; 
      • Empowerment meetings were conducted in five villages with 200 attendees;
      • NHIF cards were made available to 100 women while contributing to family income;
      • Extensive community and school awareness, including roadshows, school awareness sessions, film screening sessions, leaflets, women’s forums, radio programs and billboards;
      • And finally, all important, establishment of even closer relationships with various role players at central and local government level.

      We are overjoyed to share that more than $177,000 was raised by the FAWCO community! The AIWCC is proud to have contributed 6000€ to the effort, earning us the Aquamarine Medallion on The FAWCO Foundation's Donor Wall. To learn more, visit the Target Program for Health website.

      Additional Donations

      Additional funds were donated to support causes that arose during this period of time that the club believed warranted our support.

      • In July 2020, 600€ was donated to A Mother's Love Initiative in support of Black Lives Matter following the murder of George Floyd.
      • In June 2021, we donated 1000€ to co-sponsor Trees Glorious Trees, a FAWCO Foundation Development Grant, in the area of the environment; It was awarded to Regreening Degraded Land in Rural India, Khoch village in Mokhada Taluka, Palghar District, Maharashtra, India.  
      • In July 2021, we donated 8095€ to Aktion Deutschland Hilft in support of flood relief. The money was raised within a week's time by members and friends responding to a 3000€ matching campaign sponsored by the club.
      • In March 2022, we raised 9300€ to support Ukrainian refugees arriving in NRW. The money was raised using another matching campaign of 4500€ (1000€ provided by an anonymous member). The funds were used to provide 35 vouchers from innatura gGmbH valued at 250€ to organizations working with newly arriving families.

      *Raising Funds

      Club fundraising was impacted significantly due to the fact that the position of Charities Chair was not filled, coupled with COVID-19 restrictions and overall uncertainty created by the pandemic during this period of time. We were able to hold our two main fundraisers, the Sustainable Fashion Bash and Trivia Night during the 2019/2020 club year. They did not take place during the following two club years. These are some of the ways we raised funds from July 2019 to June 2022.

      February 2020 • 6th Annual Sustainable Fashion Bash raised 3400€
      March 2020 • 6th Annual Trivia Night raised 1000€
      March 2021 • 144-Mask Fundraiser raised 3340€
      July 2021 • Matching Campaign raised 8095€
      Fall 2021 • Partnered with AIWC Düsseldorf donating clothing to their Fashion Bash, raising 350€
      March 2022 • Matching Campaign raised 9300€

      Throughout the three years, we also received individual donations, earned donations through Amazon Smile, and a few of our activities also contributed a portion of their fees to our General Charities Fund.

      All Hands on Deck

      Members also volunteered their time and talents. As the pandemic began in the spring of 2020, members heeded the call and made masks. These were primarily donated to Bunter Kreis Rheinland to support their staff and families at Uniklinik Köln.

      In May 2022, we hosted what we hope will be the first of many Clean Up Days. Twenty members and youth spent a Saturday morning picking up trash along the river in Rodenkirchen. 


      How to Donate

      Donations can be made via bank transfer or PayPal.

      Bank: Sparkasse KölnBonn
      Account Name: AIWCC e.V.
      IBAN: DE 35 3705 0198 1931 0895 59
      Comments: Donation
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      In 2006, the Club received its article of incorporation as a nonprofit organization (e.V. status) and stipulated, through its constitution, a commitment to help the local and international community at large, with a specific focus on women and children. The AIWCC aligns its charitable efforts with the FAWCO Target Program’s three year cycle, with the overarching goal to improve the lives of women and children ​​in the areas of Education, Environment, Health and Human Rights on a rotating basis. We support the Target Project as our international charity and support a member proposed local charity following careful vetting.

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