By Ira Lehmann
The FWA-UK is an all-women charitable organisation founded in 1988 by Mrs. Angeles Nene Quimson, wife of the former ambassador to the UK Juan Quimson. The members come from all walks of life who are united in their desire to lend assistance where it is needed.
The goal of the FWA-UK is to help disadvantaged Filipinos in the Philippines primarily and in the UK, with particular attention to the education of poor but deserving children especially in the Philippines who would otherwise not be able to complete secondary education without help. To date, we have had 75 graduates and are supporting another seventeen scholars. For many years since its inception, the FWA-UK have been donating sizeable amounts to CRIBS (Creating Responsive Infants by Sharing), SCHODEAF (School for the Deaf), ERDA Tech and many other projects, more so during disasters like Sendong and Haiyan.
We are also part of the milk feeding programme of the International Kids Ministries in Cainta. We contributed to Invisible Sisters which is a project to train women to enable them to learn crafts that would allow them to earn a living and currently, in conjunction with a UK School - St Peter's in Gloucestershire, are working towards raising funds for a school in the Philippines.
But it is not all work; we don't just want to receive. We raise funds by making sure it is fun for our donors and partners and we do that by holding the Philippine National Day dinner-dance, the Salo-Salo where Philipine cuisine is served to our guests and receptions as in the Partners' Event last 14th November in Cafe Royal where we briefed potential partners about our work.
We would like to do more to help more and you can all do that by becoming members (women), attending our activities or becoming donors and partners. For more information please visit our FWA-UK website: www.fwa-uk.com www.fwa-uk.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for queries.