Twelve charities have been selected to receive support from TFWA’s Care initiative in 2016. The charities, which were nominated by TFWA members, were selected by the TFWA management committee.

Every year, TFWA Care assesses the nominated causes according to a number of strict criteria, including the tangible benefits they bring to people in need.

Priority is given to projects that TFWA can support from day one and continue to aid as the venture is completed to ensure that the support has a lasting legacy. Also a priority are organisations that support women and children, and those that help the recipients to help themselves in a sustainable way. Efforts are made to select organisations that have a particular connection to TFWA or any of its members.

“When we launched TFWA Care back in 2005, one of the points that was made was that ‘good things only happen if we make them happen’. That philosophy still underpins what we do today. Thanks to the support of TFWA’s members and other stakeholders in the industry, we have been able to bring about positive change to the lives of vulnerable people across the world,” says TFWA president Erik Juul-Mortensen.

TFWA is supporting two new charities this year:

The Hope Foundation rescues children from the streets and slums of Kolkata, India. The charity offers the children protection, education, training, healthcare, food and support, helping to improve their quality of life and give them a better future.

Streethearts provides a community care centre for street children in CapHaitien, Haiti. The safe house gives children a clean and protected environment in which they can study, take part in sports, and eat well, alongside becoming involved in community service activities and a social work programme.

TFWA will also continue to support the following charities:

Lotus Flower Trust is dedicated to changing children’s lives through education. The trust builds schools and homes and provides access to education for disadvantaged young people in remote areas of India.

Toutes à l’école is committed to developing education for young girls living below the poverty line in Cambodia. The charity set up the Happy Chandara school for girls in Prek Thmey in Kandal Province, near Phnom Penh, which now welcomes 970 pupils from primary school through to school leaving age.

The N/a'an ku sê Foundation aims to improve the lives of tribal people and wildlife in a remote part of eastern Namibia. The charity oversees a wildlife sanctuary and carnivore conservation project, while the Lifeline Clinic provides free primary healthcare and an ambulance service to the San community in Epukiro.

Nosy Komba Solidarité is tackling malnutrition and fighting endemic infectious diseases in the rapidly expanding village of Ampangorina on the Madagascan island of Nosy Komba. Their goal is to improve the living conditions of local people and contribute to the sustainable and ecological development of the area.

Les Enfants du Mékong educates and trains young people in south-east Asia to enable them to improve their living conditions. It now operates in seven different countries in the region through sponsorship programmes and the development of infrastructure for education.

Open Arms International had a vision of creating a village for the orphans of AIDS and civil war in Eldoret, north-west Kenya. Today at the Open Arms Village there are six children’s homes, a baby home and a primary school, caring for over 100 children in total. The work of relieving poverty and deprivation has also extended to the surrounding areas.

The Nuria García Foundation works with like-minded organisations around the world on projects that bring lasting benefits to underprivileged women and children. Relevant initiatives include healthcare, disease prevention, improving access to drinking water, fighting malnutrition and providing humanitarian assistance to emergency zones after natural disasters.

Helen Keller International helps to prevent blindness and combat malnutrition across the world. HKI projects supported by TFWA Care range from providing equipment to allow doctors in Burma to conduct simple but sight-saving operations to treat glaucoma, to helping communities to establish technicallyimproved local food production systems.

Aide et Action is an international development organisation which runs educational programmes across over 25 developing countries. The charity’s iLEAD project in India has successfully trained hundreds of young people in
Trivandrum and Bilaspur, placing them in employment and thereby helping them to improve their living conditions and those of their families.

The Lovedale Foundation Trust is a secular organisation seeking to empower and educate women and children in some of India’s most deprived areas. Its mission is to help those who are disabled or underprivileged, through developmental initiatives focusing on educational, socio-economic, cultural and technological aspects.