SAWA-Australia, the Support Association for the Women of Afghanistan, is a not-for-profit organization to provide women in Afghanistan with education and health services for a future Afghanistan free of fundamentalist violence and foreign interference. It was established in 2004. SAWA-Australia (SA), the first state branch of the national SAWA-Australia organization, was set up in 2010. It is incorporated in South Australia and coordinates regional groups in Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland.
SAWA-Australia is dedicated to raising funds for human rights, education, nutrition, health, safety, and improving the self-esteem of Afghanistan's women and children, including those who live as refugees in Pakistan. Within these aims SAWA-Australia (SA) is responsible for the financial support of a Vocational Training Centre for illiterate women in Kabul, for a hospital in Farah, Afghanistan's poorest province, for student scholarships given to residents of orphanages and for occasional other projects. Its partners in Afghanistan are AFCECO, the Afghan Child Education and Care Organization, and OPAWC, the Organization for Promoting Afghan Women's Capabilities.
SAWA is not your ordinary charity. It is operated entirely by volunteers and does not have to use part of its donation income to pay any staff. As a consequence SAWA has extremely low administrative overheads (between 1 and 2%), and all donations given to SAWA-Australia (SA) go to its projects in Afghanistan.
SAWA's strength comes from its members. Annual membership is $30, $15 concession and $5 for students, $100 for organizations.
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Support Association for the Women of Afghanistan (SA) Inc. ABN: 73 162 014 759 SA Incorporation No. A38759 Licence No. CCP1699
a Public Benevolent Institution registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission