What we do

SAWA-NSW is part of an Australian wide human rights organisation of volunteers working with Afghan women both in Afghanistan and with Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

SAWA-NSW gets its aid targets from progressive Afghan women's organizations.
SAWA-NSW works exclusively with volunteers
SAWA-NSW supports Afghan women to help themselves
SAWA-NSW only employs Afghans in the projects it supports.

Until 2016 SAWA-NSW funded Hewad High School, based in Rawalpindi, a city in Pakistan with a high Afghan refugee population. The school catering for grades 1 to 12, had about 140 students, but closed at the end of January, 2016.  Many families had left Pakistan, but remaining students were placed in similar schools in the neighbourhood.

Beginning in May 2016, SAWA-NSW funds English and computer classes in a village in Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan. Thank you for donating to this important project.

SAWA-NSW sources birthing kit components from the Birthing Kit Foundation (Adelaide Hills Club of Zonta International) whenever they are available. In recent years SAWA groups in Castlemaine, Adelaide and Sydney have organized the delivery of 4,000 Zonta birthing kits to RAWA for distribution to pregnant women throughout rural Afghanistan.

SAWA-NSW frequently has the opportunity to support speaking tours of Afghan women committed to communicating the devastation that 30 years of conflict and corruption have brought to the Afghan people.

Afghanistan is now one of the poorest countries in the world and has been assessed as one of the worst places in the world for women; 26% literacy rate (12% female, 38% male);87% of women suffer violence on a regular basis; 80% of marriages are with females under the age of 16 years.