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These hand-made gifts are made with love!

Whether gifting to yourself or for family and friends, your purchase will benefit our philanthropic charities.  


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Hope for Girls

Our Cause

FGM

The World Heath Organization defines Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as "procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons."

FGM has NO health benefits and often leads to long-term medical complications. In the Mara Region of Tanzania, 32% of girls and women between ages 15-49 have been subjected to FGM, despite the fact that it is illegal to perform FGM on minors in Tanzania. 


Hope for Girls & Women Tanzania

Hope for Girls & Women Tanzania (HGWT) is an organization that advocates to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and other harmful practices affecting women and children in Tanzania including but not limited to intimate partner violence, child marriage and other forms of violence. HGWT works to promote and protect 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 through increased access to protection facilities and skills development.

The history of HGWT is the history of its founder, Rhobi Samwelly. At age 11, Rhobi lost a close friend to FGM. When Rhobi’s parents began to organize her cutting ceremony at age 13, she strongly resisted. She abandoned a plan to run away when she realized she had nowhere to go. With no options, she underwent the ceremony during which she lost so much blood that her mother thought she was dying. These memories inspired Rhobi's commitment to save other girls from a similar fate. Her passion propelled her to become an anti-FGM activist and to establish HGWT.

For more information: Hope for Girls & Women


FAWCO 2019-2022 Target Project S.A.F.E.

Our goal is to provide Safe Alternatives for Female Genital Mutilation Elimination. The funds we raise will be used to help protect girls from FGM and foster positive social changes within the FGM practicing communities in the Mara Region. This will include funding safe houses, providing healthcare and counseling to survivors and at-risk girls, and continuing the education and vocational training of young women. 

For more information: FAWCO Target Project: S.A.F.E.






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Our Cause

De Kleine Vos is a Christian charity organization run by nuns located in Antwerp that helps take care of young children. The sisters provide daycare and long-term childcare as well as family counseling services to help guide vulnerable families.

The AWCA has a long history of providing support to De Kleine Vos.

The Mission

Within vzw De Kleine Vos, we see it as our mission and our social responsibility to support or improve the quality of life of families with children between 0 and 12 years old.

Our core task is to focus on development, education and safe care.

The interests of the child are always central.

Their History

At the beginning of the last century, a congregation of nuns called the "Sisters of the Little People" founded the "Home of the Little People" which would later become known as "De Kleine Vos". The purpose of their operation: providing healthy food and milk to needy parents with young children.

Not much later their services expanded to include childcare. Especially during World War I between 1914-1918, there was a great need to care for orphans. The children under the sisters' care ranged from 0 to 12 years old.

In 1919 the "National Work for Child Welfare" was founded and began a close cooperation with the home. There was a strong emphasis on hygiene and medical follow-up of the children. During this period, children up to 6 years old were cared for. In addition, a home for unmarried mothers was also being set up. The sisters later started a private school for childcare workers.

In 1965 a wing was built to house around 85 children in a residential area.

During the 1970s the home for mothers and the nursery school were suppressed because of the taboo surrounding unmarried 

mothers.

In the 1980s a social, medical and pedagogical service was gradually developed. From this time on family counseling and parenting support received more attention within the operation.

From 2000, the sisters also offered a mobile work form in addition to the residential one. Family counseling became even more central. 

The residential form of work in "De Kleine Vos" has seen a strong decline. Of the original 95 residential places in 1998, 36 now remain. This is largely due to the renewed attitude from the Flemish Governmental Agency, "Child and Family", which prioritizes the mobile operation.

"De kleine Vos" underwent yet another evolution in 2013. Since then, the emphasis has been placed on strengthening networks with regards to Integrated Youth Assistance. Therefore they no longer speak of family counseling, but context counseling.

The most recent development has been the opening of a daycare center in 2014.



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