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

“I study in Standard IX in Semi English Patuck Technical High School. Part of the curriculum consists of computer training. After passing my X standard school leaving exam, I want to continue with my studies. I live with my mother, sister and brother.” -Muskan, 13 years old
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“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. It was not easy to continue my education but I tried really hard and got 370 marks in ninth class board exams. I hope I am able to continue my education in the future as well so I can support my parents and have a better lifestyle.” – Kousar, 14 years old
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Harinder Veriah Trust
The Harinder Veriah Trust helps give children from some of the poorest backgrounds in Malaysia the very best chance to succeed in life – by making sure they have all they need to get the most from their school.
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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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JMB Educational Fund, Nepal
Funding schooling costs for final two years of secondary school through a UK- based charity working with St Xavier’s Jesuit School in Godavari.
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Karuna Trust
“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, Bangladesh
Funded in 2018 to build a boat. In 2019 there is a new project of afternoon classes. In the first 9 months girls will learn about health issues and life skills. In the next 3 months they will be taught occupational skills.
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Madhu - Maiti Nepal
Maiti Nepal provides living quarters for disadvantaged girls seeking their secondary education studying at the Teresa Academy in Khatmandhu.
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One Sky Foundation, Thailand
Fund educational scholarships for migrant and minority group children who have been living in illegal private homes so they can live at home and go to school.
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The Ponheary Ly Foundation’s goal is to locate and serve the many children in Cambodia who live in the poorest rural villages and do not have access to equitable educational opportunities.
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Chathu Inspire Labs Without Borders
Without Borders is an initiative led by a group of passionate young Sri Lankans. The team follows a project-based approach with a strong focus on ensuring quality and sustainability, creating education-based community-led development models in rural communities in Sri Lanka. They work to empower girls and young women as community leaders and introduce them to innovative education and training methods.
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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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