ACWW offers active support for a wide range of crucial development programmes in rural communities. These opportunities and programmes include:


  • leadership and skill training

  • nutrition and education
  • literacy and basic education (including family planning and HIV/Aids awareness)

  • small business initiatives and small-scale agricultural income-generating initiatives


In late 2015, Project 1000 was granted funds. Since the year 1977, ACWW has distributed over £2.2 million in grants to some of the poorest communities on earth.


We welcome women’s societies, NGO's and umbrella organisations.


We also welcome sponsors, donors and those interested in supporting projects through legacy support or major funding.

Mrs Anne Marit Hovstad (Norway) Chairman

Sister Viji Dali (India)

Mrs Hazel Armstrong (England)

Mrs Patricia Blake (Ireland)

Mrs Edwina Marr (Northern Ireland)

Mrs Roma Patten (England)

Committee Members





Project Case Study: Sain Tus Center, Mongolia


ACWW Project No.973:

To construct two large poly-tunnels to enable the production and sale of nutritious vegetables in Khovd Aimag, Western Mongolia


Country Women's Council, USA


Average temperatures over most of Mongolia are below freezing from November through to March and are at about freezing in April and October.  This means that the growing season for vegetables in Western Mongolia, is just three months long, that is, from June to August.  As a result vegetables are both scarce and unaffordable for most people.


The women attended greenhouse planting and capacity improvement training sessions, which supported them to become more skilled at growing vegetables; record keeping; developing business plans and marketing their products. Sain Tus Center provided a detailed analysis of the increased yield and profit from growing cabbages, carrots, cucumbers, onions, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes and turnips.  These results also helped demonstrate ACWW’s commitment to the Zero Hunger Challenge pledge to eliminate hunger in our life-time.


With the help of the Sain Tus Center, two groups of 15 women from female-headed households formed co-operatives to produce and market a range of nutritious vegetable crops. Some of these vegetables were transplanted into the field once the temperatures were high enough, while the more tender crops, such as cucumbers and peppers were allowed to mature inside the plastic houses. Animal manure was used to fertilise crops.

Women tending their crops inside the Poly-Tunnel

Cucumber ready for harvest

Significant growth in the Poly-Tunnel


Yields were high during the first year (2015) and each farmer profited by as much as 1,124,917 Mongolian Tughriks or US$ 566.87, once the produce had been sold in the local market.


Overall the project reached its goal of increasing incomes by 25% and considerably improved the diet and health of the cooperative members and their families.

  • £2 buys one training handbook
  • £12 buys one set of tools for a family
  • £60 buys seeds and seedlings for one greenhouse

Illustrative Projects Costs

Harvested crops ready for market

Project Final Report: PACHE Trust, India


ACWW Project No.967:

HIV/AIDS, Sexual and Reproductive Health for Adolescent Girls and Women


Cornwall FWI and North Yorkshire East FWI, England


PACHE Trust targeted this health education project towards adolescent girls and women from high risk behaviour groups such as migrants, female sex workers, HIV/AIDS widows, construction, quarry and mill workers.


Five staff and over one hundred volunteers were trained to deliver outreach education activities and as a result, around 380 women and 200 adolescent girls received first-hand information to improve their knowledge about sexual and reproductive health. The target women are now better able to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections; have increased their use of condoms; are more able to defend themselves from sexual exploitation and violence; have improved their negotiation skills within the family and have improved their self-confidence and self-respect.


Support groups for both women and adolescent girls have been formed and are now functioning effectively. During the meetings, participants shared their questions and knowledge and discussed issues such as trafficking, the protection of child rights and child sexual abuse. The adolescent girls who actively participated in the programme are now able to understand and differentiate between “good and bad touch” in order to defend themselves from sexual abuse and trafficking. Over 130 male youths were also sensitised about women’s problems and their rights.


As a member of the District AIDS Advisory Committee and a women’s development group, PACHE Trust has many established links with organisations at the district level. The number of referrals and linkages increased over the course of the project, in which 80 representatives from government and 60 other stakeholders participated.  A good rapport was established with private and government health care providers for treatment and follow up, which will ensure that the project impact is strong in the longer term.


In addition, other associations such as the Lions club and Rotary club are motivated to support project activities in future. Local body leaders and the Self Help Group federations have been motivated to mobilise resources and incorporate some project activities and there are sufficiently large numbers of trained volunteers available to continue with outreach.


PACHE Trust has learned many vital lessons from this project and will incorporate suggestions and feedback from the various stakeholders into any future proposals to widen the reach of the education programme.


PACHE Trust report that women are now more able to participate in public meetings and that women local body leaders are acting as efficient administrators with courage and confidence; women and adolescent girls are raising their voice in unity against gender discrimination and are taking up the issues affecting their lives.

  • £5 prints/distributes 100 information pamphlets
  • £50 pays for a cultural performance in one village
  • £75 pays for a training session for one group of women or adolescent girls.

Illustrative Projects Costs

Girls learning together

Raising local awareness of the project

Large groups of women were trained

Local men receive awareness training



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