The International Women’s Club of Belgrade, through the activities of the Charity Committee, endeavours to provide support to community groups and NGOs in order to try to meet some of the needs of vulnerable populations including people with disabilities, women, children, the elderly, internally displaced and ethnic minorities.
The International Women’s Club has members from over forty countries, linked to the diplomatic and international business communities and the Charity Bazaar is the main funding event for the IWC supported community projects.
The Charity Group is a non-profit, all volunteer group of the IWC members with many years experience, both professional and personal who work to ensure that all of the funds raised at the Christmas Bazaar are donated to worthy projects and used in a way to ensure tangible change to vulnerable groups within the local community.
Fifteen projects were approved in 2013 and provide assistance to:
- Bread of Life helps to increase the ability of very impoverished, multi impaired elderly people to obtain needed services, improve their functioning and enable them to live as independently as possible. BOL recruits, trains and develops a network of home carers.
- International Aid Network is working to overcome female poverty by providing courses to enable vulnerable women to access employment. Courses are provided to 30 women living in sheltered care.
- The Creative Educational Centre KEC provides support for young adults with special needs to help them lead fulfilling lives in the community. KEC organizes creative, educational workshops, day programmes, work placements and respite care.
- Pobednice Rugby Club has been running a project for a couple of years with young people with Down’s Syndrome. These young people participate in the club activities and are actively involved in training which greatly improves their motoric skills and provides an improvement in their quality of social life.
- Amity supports and develops the rights of marginalized people and has a network of mobile teams supporting the most vulnerable from the refugee and displaced population. IWC provide funds to support and train family members caring for elderly people suffering from dementia.
- Sports Managers Association – Life Values Project promotes the basic values of sport and fair play for children without parental care, provides integration and inclusion of those children into local sports activities and contributes to the improvement of sports managers, especially the work of amateur, voluntary and youth sports clubs in accordance with European models. IWC provided funds to run a summer camp.
- Belgrade Acceuil Association provides assistance to the Zvecanska orphanage in Belgrade for play activities for young children and babies without parental care. They help with socialization and integration of the children into the local community, by providing outings and events.
- Centre for Youth Integration provides a drop in centre in Belgrade for street children. It was set up a number of years ago and is open twenty four hours a day, seven days a week and provides shelter, food and clothing for 430 children living on the streets. IWC provides funds to allow a number of volunteers to escort pre-school children from their homes in the settlements to the local pre-school. All of these children are subsequently enrolled every year in first grade of the local schools.
- “Association of single mothers” in Nis organises workshops for single parent families to provide support and education to single mothers with school going aged children, therefore by educating and empowering the single mother to better assist their own children. The project covers provides training for single mothers to find employment.
- “Savremena Deca” provides art classes to children without parental care living in institutions in Belgrade. Students from the Academy of Art provide classes at the weekends to 67 children in three institutions in Belgrade.
- Accessibility Audit Association develops skills and training in access for social inclusion and better understanding of human rights for the deaf and hard of hearing.
- IWC provided funds to build a sensory room for the Association of Cerebral Palsy in Ivanjica.
- Association of Business Women of Serbia together with IWC provides funds for a project in Sremcica Institution near Belgrade to provide training in weaving and design for a group of young women.
- Bibija is an organization to assist Roma women. IWC provides funds to assist women to access better health care and have a better understanding of health issues and access to human rights particularly in the area of domestic violence.
- IWC together with the Divac Foundation provides assistance to single parent families.