We go beyond borders

In 2020 PAWA will be supporting 12 projects in 8 countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

PAWA raises funds through its supporters, donors, events and online campaigns. PAWA aims to bring together individuals, trusts, foundations and corporations to help support a portfolio of small grassroots projects that empower women through education.

We are serious about project selections

Each year, charitable projects are proposed by PAWA’s international network of supporters.  All proposals are carefully vetted and checked by the PAWA Projects Committee following strict guidelines before presenting them to PAWA Trustees for the selection process.  Selected projects are carefully monitored by PAWA’s Projects Committee and are visited by its supporters throughout the year as opportunities arise.

Where the money goes

Since PAWA’s inception, its administrative expense ratio is less than 5%.  Over 95% of our income is donated to support underprivileged teenage girls’ education in Asia.

A copy of the latest Trustees Report can be seen here.

PAWA usually makes grants for specific projects or purposes, although it also makes grants towards charities’ general running costs.

Examples of grants for specific projects or purposes include:

  • Tuition fees for impoverished girls to continue their education
  • Extra tuition to help girls pass national school-leaving exams
  • Extra tuition to help girls pass national school-leaving exams
  • Vocational training – nursing, medical technician, tailoring, entrepreneurship
  • English language training
  • Science teachers training
  • After-school activities to improve mental health and well-being
  • Purchase of textbooks and library books

Examples of grants for general costs include:

  • Teachers’ salaries, training, educational equipment for a girls’ school
  • Leadership courses
  • Building of a community centre for English tuition

Selected Charitable Projects

‘Bal’ means child and ‘Jeevan’ means life. Thus Bal Jeevan translates as giving life to a child.  Founded in 1994, Bal Jeevan are trying to make a small difference in the vast city of Mumbai.  They recognise that the emotional well-being of a child is as important as the educational development and they now care for 110 impoverished street children in a municipal school.
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“I am studying in class 10 (Arts). We are 2 brothers and 4 sisters. My father has no permanent job. I am the elder one among my sisters. It was very difficult to bear the expense of our studies with the basic necessities of life. 4 years ago, I left studying after giving my ninth grade exams because of poor conditions at home. After some time when our condition got better than before, I got admission in Gulshan Park School in ninth class again.
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Established 20 years ago, the FPPA charity aims to educate and support vulnerable street teenagers and help them avoid and recover from violence and human trafficking. Many are ex East Timorese refugee girls and the project works to increase economic independence alongside developing emotional resilience and other life skills.
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Home of Peace was founded in 1993 to help the education of children from squatter and deprived areas in and around Kuala Lumpur where girls are often required to stay at home and look after younger siblings. Many of the girls living at Home of Peace residential centre come from challenging and disadvantaged backgrounds, including children referred by the Ministry of Welfare who have been abandoned in hospitals.
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JMB Arun Bhawan – Nakhipot, NEPAL  4 girls
Arun Bhawan is a Social Services Centre (SSC) run by the Jesuit Society of Nepal and provides a home for orphans, single parented children, abandoned children, children at risk and differently abled children from various districts of Nepal. Children are protected and through access to education are enabled to develop self-reliance and confidence.
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“No words could possibly express how happy I was when I was informed that I had been chosen and sponsored by you to receive a scholarship. I hope to become a social worker so that I can help others. This monetary donation has given me a boost in my confidence to pursue a career in a field that I think I will be successful in.” – Clara, 16 years old
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“Nishtha is next to my Mom and without ‘Shikkhai Hatiyar’ project so many girls like me could not have pursued their school education. The support I have received so far from ‘Shikkai Hatiyar’ project helped me dream big and I hope someday I would able to get established in life and help others too.” – Jaya, 13 years old
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Learning for Life enables South Asia’s most marginalised populations to gain access to education, health and employment -the basic human rights that form the first, essential step in overcoming poverty. They provide local partners who understand local issues with the skills and support to help communities set up and manage practical and sustainable projects that meet their real needs.
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Progression is important to the project, and Meider Jonno Asha recently had their first university student achieve an MA in business studies and has seen the girls educated in Asha becoming the educators and change makers in their own families, at the Literacy Centre  and in the wider community. In 2021 PAWA will begin funding 6 older teenage girls moving into or already at College with funding for admission charges and books.
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“Thank you very much for your kindness to me. You know most of the people of our country are poor. They are suffer many trouble in their daily affairs. I am also one of them. So thank you very much to help me to build up my career life.” – Akhi, 14 years old
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“Since the family does not have stable incomes from growing vegetables, and has debt due to the father’s illness, the whole family does not want their 16 year old daughter to continue her education because they have to pay a lot and the cost of the transport is expensive everyday day. Her dream however is to at least finish another year, to grade 12.” – Taken from One Sky profile
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Persatuan Kebajikan Komuniti Tapah Road (Community Welfare Association of Tapah Road) – Perak, MALAYSIA  5 girls
The PERSATUAN KEBAJIKAN KOMUNITI is a local charity set up to help distribute and apply for governmental aids for needy people in Tapah Road and Perak. They aim to raise the standard of living in the community by encouraging education and new skills. PAWA will be supporting a grass roots programme to provide supplementary home tuition for 2 stateless sisters living in Tapah Road along with 3 other girls to be selected from their local secondary school.
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The Ponheary Ly Foundation (PLF) is a non-profit organization registered in the USA whose goal is to locate and serve the many children in remote northern Cambodia who live in the poorest rural villages and do not have access to equitable educational opportunities.  It started small in 2006 with one child and has grown to an independent charity harnessing support worldwide to assist almost 2800 children and young people a year.
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We always consider applications for new projects. All PAWA supporters are encouraged to propose new projects for funding consideration. Please get in touch if you would like more information.
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