ASSOCIATION OF COUNTRY WOMEN OF THE WORLD
Welcome to the ACWW Committee 2016
Sam Hall - Chair
Sue Watkins - Secretary
ASSOCIATE COUNTRY WOMEN OF THE WORLD (ACWW)
WI members from all over Derbyshire enjoyed a wonderful day at DFWI HQ yesterday. In the morning we learnt about various projects, these included goat, pig, water and vegetable garden projects. Lunch consisted of tasty thick soup and delicious fresh fruit and we had time to chat and of course shop! Our afternoon speaker was Gregory Mastalick who told us all about eradicating polio. Sam our ACWW rep will be reporting fully in the near future.Thanks to Sam and the DFWI ACWW Team for their hard work making this day so informative, inspiring and successful.
ACWW Update - August 2017
ACWW Update - April 2017
ACWW at the Annual Council Meeting 4 March 2017
ACWW – Pennies for Friendship
A quick reminder for those collecting Pennies for Friendship throughout the year. February is your last chance to collect at your WI before handing it in at the Spring Council Meeting.
Please make your cheque payable to ACWW (PfF). Envelopes will not be sent out through Link so please use any spare envelope but remember to write the name of your Institute and the value of the cheque on the outside. We can then announce the total in the afternoon.
New labels to update collection tins can be downloaded here
Derbyshire WI's raised £5365.73 in 2016. Let's see what we can do in 2017.
Remember if you want to know more about Pennies for Friendship and the work of ACWW you can always invite me to give a talk.
HAPPY NEW YEAR - ACWW update January 2017
We start 2017 with some great news. Following the November Midlands Supporters Day we fulfilled our commitment to sponsor the project in Kituntu. 834 villagers now have access to clean water.
Never letting the grass grow, we have signed up for 2017's project. The aim is to provide 15 very poor Dalit widows with a milk cow. As the cows breed, further female calves will be passed to another widow. They will be able to sell milk and cow dung.
It is expected that the beneficiaries, who presently have to rely on daily agricultural labour for employment, will have a more sustainable income as a result of this project allowing them to send their children to school and meet their family members’ other needs. They will become self-reliant and lead a more dignified life than before.
Pennies for Friendship.
Don't forget to bring your Pennies for Friendship to the Spring Council. You will need your own envelope as we will not be sending them out in Link. I am glad to say using your own envelopes didn't have a negative impact on the funds raised. You donated a fantastic £5635.73. Remember to write your Institutes name and the value of the cheque on the outside. Cheques are made payable to "ACWW Pennies for Friendship
ACWW is kept alive by the Pennies for Friendship fund. Without continued support from all members, ACWW will not be able to sustain the critical work it does worldwide..
These ideas are quick and easy ways to raise money for Pennies for Friendship;
Count the number of sinks and toilets at home - much of the world has no clean, safe water! For each, donate 25 pence
Measure your height. Many children in the developing world suffer from malnutrition and stunted growth. For each each centimeter, give 5p/10p inch
Count the plug sockets in your house. Technology is a huge luxury that makes our lives easier every day. For each socket, give 5 pence
How many pairs of shoes do you have? Millions of children around the world have no choice but to go barefoot. For each pair, give 20p/50 p
Fine yourself 50 pence each time your mobile phone or watch alarm goes off in
a meeting or other social gathering!
To celebrate your birthday, lay down sticky tape on the kitchen table - with 1 metre (3.3 feet) for each decade. Get your friends and family to stick coins along the lengths of tape
ACWW Report 2015-16
We held 2 well attended Midlands Supporters Days in Nov 2015 and March 2016. Money raised at these events has helped Derbyshire towards fulfilling its pledge of £5317. We hope the events planned in Glossop on Oct 17 and Nov 21 will see the total reached.
To date the villagers of Kituntu have built 2 of 3 wells, benefiting 834 people with clean water.
22 Derbyshire members attended the Triennial Conference at the University of Warwick, Coventry.
Sam has given 10 talks at WI's on the work of ACWW. Further talks are planned for 2017.
Members continue to collect stamps, jewellery and coins to raise funds. Over £5k was raised by Pennies for Friendship by Derbyshire WI's.
ACWW at the Autumn Council Meeting October 2016
ACWW was well represented at the meeting with Sam Hall - Chair giving an update on the Triennial Conference earlier this year and announcing that Derbyshire Federation had already almost reached the target of over £5,000for the current water project bringing. There was also an information stand manned by a member of the ACWW team.
ACWW Triennial Conference August 2016
DFWI representatives at the Triennial Conference in August 2016
Visitors from New South Wales
At the Bakewell Show on Thursday 4th August 2016, two ACWW representatives from New south Wales visiting for the Triennial Conference later this month, joined DFWI members for the afternoon.
Left to right: Janice McTacckett from Toukley, Sam Hall our very own ACWW representative and Linda Roberts from Terriyan Evening Group
ACWW Update – May 2016
Through ACWW, Derbyshire’s WI’s have supported a number of projects, which make a dramatic change to the lives of women and their families. The funds go straight to the project and not through any government bodies. Projects are monitored against their aims to ensure best use of funds. All include an educational element - Literacy, Health & Hygiene, Money Management
DFWI completed projects for 2015
Women of Tumaini with ACWW Rep
Tumaini – Tanzania - £2806.00
Money raised to provide compost and mushroom ‘seeds’ so that the women of the village could improve the diet of their families – mushrooms are a good source of vitamins and protein. The women sell fresh and dried mushrooms to local restaurants and hotels. The money also covered training in mushroom growing and basic business skills
Shallow well at Kituntu
Kituntu - Uganda - £5317
Managed Water for Life
Two shallow wells have been constructed in Kituntu village, benefiting 834 people with safe water. Previously the villagers had to collect water from ponds which were not clean. The women and children of the village are benefiting the most as it was their job to collect water. It is expected that the health of the villagers will improve as a result of this project. The project includes Hygiene Education
New Holding Tank at Kikajjo
Kikajjo –Uganda - £1645
Managed Water for Life
Phase 2 of a project which enabled water to be pumped into the village and increase the size of the holding tank.
Women and girls no longer need to walk miles to collect water from the safe water well.
DFWI project 2016
Kituntu - Uganda
Managed Water for Life
The current project is another clean water one in Kituntu
Women Walk the World at Carsington Water for ACWW
We raised over £70 at Carsington Water when we were joined by members from Barlow, Belper, Breadsall, Chaddesden, Cromford, Risley Hulland & District, Old Brampton & West Hallam . I know many of you held your own Walks and I look forward to giving you that total in the near future.
The day was sunny if a tad cool. Members set off on walks of varying distances.
Derbyshire WI's adopted ACWW Project (no.0885)
Hope of Love Quilt, see below, was created and made by Sue Watkins
"If you had told me I would be asked to design and stitch the only entry from England for an International exhibition in Malaysia, I would have laughed with surprise! But, I was asked just that last year. The quilt is now in Malaysia and the exhibition will be staged in June 2013. I hope you think I have adequately shown some of our English culture and history! "
Read more about the quilt here
Derbyshire WI's ACWW Project 858 : cost £4224
Safe Drinking Water in 12 Villages through bore wells in the drought affected villages of the KhammamDistrict of Andhra Pradesh, India.
Why? The most drought hit areas where people really suffered for want of drinking water were selected. Safe and clean water would protect those people from water borne diseases like diahorea, malaria and typhoid.
Result : The bore wells have solved the drinking water problem. They have brought unity and "helping nature" among all the people of different castes, religions and creeds. Usually women of different castes come together to draw water at the hand pumps and it gives them a chance to exchange their ideas and be united.
All the hand pumps are being used by the people and they are happy that they have drinking water at their reach.In the surrounding areas there are no drinking water facilities due to severe drought. Now the beneficiaries are very happy and they are very grateful to you as they have clean drinking water.
Romania: Knitting to Secure Women and Children, Victims of Domestic Violence - Cost: £4,156
The aim is to support the activities of the shelter for abused women and their children in Sibiu,central Romania. The beneficiaries (the mothers and their children in the shelter, and others who seek help there from time to time) will be taught by volunteers how to knit and how to make soft toys (bears).
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