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AWA Social Welfare

The Social Welfare Committee can give you with an experience that will warm your heart and soul. Our members spend their free time traveling through the kampungs (neighborhoods and villages) of Jakarta assessing the needs of those less fortunate in an attempt to impact lives and instill profound change in the yayasans (charities) of Indonesia. 

In doing so, we have discovered that the greatest impact is not only on those we help, but also on the AWA members.  The hugs and smiles we see on a daily basis make each day in Jakarta an amazing adventure.  

Get Out & Give Back: A Day at Lestari Sayang Anak

By Catherine Hutasuhut

Since its inception, AWA members have been committed to serving the Jakarta community around us through social works.  One of our long standing relationships has been having AWA volunteers at Lestari Sayang Anak.  

If a day spent playing with children and giving back sounds like the perfect antidote to the expat blues that can sometimes hit you after a day battling Jakarta's whims, then joining the Social Welfare team at Lestari Sayang Anak is for you.  "Lestari Sayang Anak" translates into English as "Forever Loving Children", and AWA volunteers have embraced this motto over the years with gusto.  

[Recently] volunteers channeled their inner child playing "duck duck goose", making crafts with budding artists and led the children at the orphanage in a rambunctious version of "10 in the bed".  The AWA volunteers left with happy hearts from hours of giggles and smiles from the children.   

AWA Thrift Shop

The proceeds from sales at the AWA Thrift Shop support the Social Welfare programs of the AWA. 

The Thrift Shop is located at the AWA Center- there are books, clothes, home accessories, and more, so please come by and take a look.

Have something to donate? Give back by giving your unwanted items to the Thrift Shop. 

"Every single time you help somebody stand up, you are helping humanity rise!" - Dr. Steve Maraboli

Social Welfare Mission Statement

The AWA Social Welfare Committee's goal is to be responsive to the needs of the Indonesian community by allocating AWA Social Welfare funds to programs which directly benefit and improve the welfare of Indonesian citizens.  Preference is given to those programs that:

  • Benefit women and children
  • Touch the greatest number of people
  • Focus on basic human needs: primarily health and nutrition programs, basic education, job training and critical surgeries.

Many of our projects help the economically disadvantaged, such as the handicapped, elderly and orphaned.  We also place great emphasis on income-generating projects and projects that emphasize self-sustainability. 

The Social Welfare Committee (SWC) meets once each month, usually on the third Tuesday of the month, to review incoming requests, hear reports on field trips, allocate funds and goods contributed, write articles for our various local publications. 

Your involvement within the SWC can range from only a few hours a month to a few hours a week. Your participation can be in any of the following activities: field trips to evaluate new and existing projects, represent the AWA at BKKKS (government-level) and Interswat (a networking council of many different women’s organizations) meetings, handling correspondence, researching new project possibilities as well as distribution of donations and goods to selected projects. 

For more information about our Social Welfare projects please call (021) 727 95256 or send an email to socialwelfare@awajakarta.org .

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Regular AWA Center Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. 
The AWA Center is conveniently located in Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta. Please call the Center for specific address and directions.

Phone: +62 21 727 95256

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