17 April 2014
Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) has been selected from more than 200 Indian NGOs for the Jury’s Choice Award at the 5th annual Spirit of Humanity Award sponsored by the AmeriCares India Foundation. The competition was supervised by KPMG and supported by leading health organisations, including Abbott, Novartis, Bharat Serums, and Baxter.
Elizabeth Tang, Strategic Consultant, represented AAWC during a 15-minute presentation before a panel of judges. She stated, “We were truly inspired to see the impressive work done by the other organisations and, as such, are honoured to be selected by the Jury for this award.”
The AmeriCares India Foundation is a public charitable trust that provides medical aid in twenty one states and two union territories across India. The Spirit of Humanity Awards recognize unprecedented and exemplary contributions towards the underprivileged by not-for-profit organizations and individuals in the field of healthcare. The 2014 awards recognized NGOs in seven categories: child health, diabetes, eye care, oncology, women’s health, thalassemia, and a seventh category for those organisations that did not fit into the six more specific categories. As an anti-trafficking NGO providing a broad spectrum of services across child health, women’s health, education, livelihood training, and other empowerment services, AAWC aptly fit into the Jury’s Choice category.
About Apne Aap Women’s Collective
Founded in 1998, Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) is an anti-trafficking organisation that serves the women and children of Kamathipura, the red light area of Mumbai that is also one of the largest and oldest red light areas in Asia. By providing our members with the tools and resources to create a better quality of life, we seek to empower women who have been trafficked into brothel-based prostitution and to prevent the cycle of intergenerational prostitution among their daughters. Since 1998, we have served more than 2,800 women and children. Our alumni have earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and entered respected professions like accounting, hospitality management, luxury cuisine, nursing, photography, retail, social work, and teaching. Learn more at www.aawc.in.