Message from the Chair
The 2023 Annual Meeting was held on March 21st and despite a last-minute change of date due to travel disruption we had an excellent turn out for a very enjoyable in-person event at Withers Worldwide in central London. Reports from PAWA Trustees and team leaders were followed by an update on our projects this year. We always focus in more detail on a small number of our projects and we were fortunate to have fascinating and inspiring contributions from Sofia Malik of Care Pakistan and Akashamitra of Karuna Trust, as well as a detailed slide presentation from Learning for Life. We rounded off the evening with a heart-warming video made by Hope for Girls in Bangladesh to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Sofia Malik from Care Pakistan and Akashamitra from Karuna Trust
The full list of projects is below, together with news of our forthcoming events. We hope to see you at one of them.
Thank you for your continued support of PAWA.
Sheila Clarke, Chair of PAWA Projects Committee
PAWA Annual Meeting
2023 is the first of a new 2 year cycle of support and we are working with11 projects in 7 countries with close to 2,200 girls. We start a new
secondary project with Karuna Trust, and have increased our support forLearning for Life in Bangladesh. Our projects are:
Gulshan Park High School in Lahore is supported through Care Pakistan. The school was fully open in
2022 and the PAWA grant for 2023 was increased to reflect an increasednumber of teenage girls on the register, now over 1000.
Home of Peace residential centre in Kuala Lumpur where we fund Bahasa Malaysia lessons.
JMB Educational Fund in Nepal where we have 2 projects, St Xaviers’ school in Godavari and Aruna Bhavan Social Services Centre, where we have been able to increase our support to 10 girls this year. These are special young women who are using the stability of the residential centre to set aside challenges and unlock their academic and other potential. Just to give a flavour, one of the girls aims to become a doctor and serve the needy people in her home district and another has become a top student at St
Xavier school. Others aspire to becoming a nurse, social worker, doctor and teacher. All have PAWA funded laptops which have proved invaluable throughout the year.
Aruna Bhavan girls
Pohneary Ly Foundation girls receiving their certificates
A Taste of Indonesia
PAWA is delighted to be able to offer this exclusive evening at the
Indonesian Embassy, hosted by HE Ambassador Percaya, to launch The Indonesian Table by award-winning chef, writer and entrepreneur Petty Pandean-Elliott.
Petty was a judge for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and the World’s 50 Best
Restaurants for 2016 and 2017, and a guest judge on the televisionprogramme Indonesian Iron Chef.
Petty in Conversation will be followed by a reception — featuring canapés made with recipes from her
book — and a musical performance.
To attend, please book at email@example.com. Your donation of £50 includes a pre-signed copy of The Indonesian Table and will support two PAWA girls for the rest of 2023. If you would like to bring a guest, it’s £75 for two.
Places are limited so do book soon.
Date: 26th April 6-8pm
Venue: The Indonesian Embassy, 30 Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2BU.
The walk is £30 per person, and drinks and dinner at a neighbourhood pub
are an additional £30 For bookings and payment please email Mandy Chiu at
FIWAL’s 2023 Conference on “Women’s Health: Mind, Body and Myth” on
May 15th features a line-up of experts and discussion groups to look at some of the common myths around women’s health but in particular the
myths around menopause and mental health. The goal is to raise awareness, encourage communication and information sharing.
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