Projects supported by The Karen Woo Foundation

The Foundation's aim is to support projects which focus on providing healthcare and education, particularly for women and children in Afghanistan.

As a small charity we look to carefully select fields and individual programs where it is possible to have a far reaching and sustainable effect ensuring that every penny contributed is used to best result.

Below you can find details about the projects that your money goes to support.

Projects supported by KWF in 2016-17.

HealthProm - Reducing Maternal and Infant Mortality

In June 2016 we provided Healthprom with a grant, continuing to support their ongoing project :Reducing Maternal and Infant Mortality. Our grant was used to cover medicines and supplies needed by 15 Community Health Workers. This included the costs of transporting the medicines and supplies to the districts and included baby blankets, clean birth kits and baby clothes.

Zwan Family Charity - Dental Health Project

A grant was given to the Zwan Family Charityfor a project to provide bi -annual dental checkups for 115 children at Shamsa Village Orphanage. This included  disposable dental kits for each child and treatment such as extractions, x-rays and fillings. The charity said that routine dental care promotes early disease intervention with better long term health prospects.

AMOR - Equipment for Afshar Hospital

In December 2015 a grant to The Afghanistan Health Organization (AMOR) was made to purchase an infant incubator, an infant radiant warmer and an oxygen concentrator for Afshar Hospital. The Hospital is privately run and serves an extremely impoverished population, focusing on healthcare for women and children. These three pieces of equipment have allowed the hospital to open a second and much needed neonatal room.

Projects supported by KWF in 2015-16.

KWF has again been able to contribute to The Window of Hope Orphanage as it continues to care for disable youngsters, orphaned or abandoned.(Photo of one such baby brought in by police from where he was found in the street).

Mustafa is the newest and now the youngest child at Window of Hope. He is pictured below with the police officers who found him abandoned in Kabul. He is estimated to be about 15 to 18 months old, and shows signs of mental disability. He is not able to hold himself upright, though the doctors say with good care and physiotherapy he could grow to be a high functioning child. Mustafa is the new favourite at Window of Hope and is bringing a smile to everyone’s face, as babies do!

KWF gave another grant to The Association of Afghanistan Healthcare Professionals who liaised with a local charity, The Baaz Welfare Foundation to provide 37 wheelchairs for people in Nangarhar Province.These people had had no means for getting around unless,as in the photo, they were carried.

Projects supported by KWF in 2015.

The first was to The Enabled Child Initiative to continue with support for rent provisions healthcare and education for The Window of Hope Orphanage. The report from last year's grant showed childen able to remain in current premises which have been improved decoratively and with many improbvements in their life in healt and education. 
The second was to The Association of Afghan Healthcare Professionals UK to provide wheelchairs to disabled  persons in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan to help them with their mobility and independence. They will get the chairs made locally and hope to provide 40 from our grant.

Projects supported by KWF in 2014

For a second year we supported The Enabled Children’s Initiative now a registered charity in its own right, again in tandem with them and The Linda Norgrove Foundation to sustain The Window of Hope Orphanage.

The Window of Hope (WoH), a private care home, is currently housing 11 disabled orphans, 6 who have mild to severe mental disabilities, and 5 who have physical and mental disabilities. Three of the children are immobile and require 24/7 care. The children range in ages from about 4 to 16 years old, though the exact age of the children is uncertain. The maximum number of children residing at WoH this year was 15, four have since been happily reconnected with their families.

For a second year we also supported Healthprom with further support for its Community Workers. Some villages are so remote that it is sometimes not possible to bring women in labour to health centres and many births take place on the floor at home without a midwife. Community Health Workers will encourage women and husbands to go to the health centre for the birth and they will be the most able in the village to recognise complications of pregnancy and labour, in which case they will urge husbands to take their wives to the health centre without delay. The health workers ensure that women giving birth have a clean birth kit, provided by the project, and will instruct women in hand washing.

KWF gave a grant to Medair UK a registered charity in England and Wales whose objectives are to relieve human need, hardship and suffering worldwide. In Afghanistan our grant went toward Medair’s ongoing project to improve nutrition for pregnant and lactating women and young children.

Projects supported by KWF in 2013

Linda NorgroveA grant was given to Afghan Professionals Network Limited as part of its Enabled Children’s Initiative to sustain the operation of The Window of Hope Orphanage in Kabul. The Window of Hope is home to 13 Disabled Children. The Karen Woo Foundation, The Linda Norgrove Foundation and Afghan Professionals Network agreed to contribute an equal sum toward the project, covering a year’s costs of basic provisions, rent transport, health needs and staff salaries.

A grant was given to Healthprom, a charity registered in England and Wales whose objectives are to preserve, protect and improve the health of the public in Britain, Eastern Europe the Caucasus and Asia. The Karen Woo Foundation  gave a grant toward a project started in 2009 in Afghanistan to reduce maternal mortality by 75% by 2015.  Our grant was given specifically to pay for 38 Community Workers to be trained and supplied with medicines and maternity equipment to serve in their remote villages where Healthprom were working.

For the second year KWF were pleased to make a Grant to La Chaine De L’Espoir a French NGO, active in many countries including Afghanistan. Its main objective is to provide poor children with medical and surgical treatment. In Afghanistan it set up  the Afghan Children’s House which provides care pre and post op for children from poor families particularly from remote regions, arranging operations at the children’s hospital. The Karen Woo Foundation ’s grant paid for 15 children to receive accommodation and all necessary treatment as well as the transport to and from the Children’s House to their homes.

The Children's Home Healthcare Access Programme for Destitute Children - run by La Chaine de l'Espoir

Our first grant was made to La Chaine de l'Espoir to pay for 15 children to receive treatment and appropriate surgical care through 2012.

The Children's House, and La Chaine de l'Espoir Children's Project was initiated in 2005. The aim of the project is to identify and ensure treatment for the poorest children from the rural areas. They would be brought to the Children's House in Kabul, accommodated alongside family members and all necessary medical and surgical care would be arranged at one of the Kabul Hospitals. The children would return to the Children's House for recovery before being returned home. Conditions range from cleft lips to serious heart defects.

An 8 year old boy from Maidan Wardak Province. He was referred to the Children's project in April 2012 by the International Committee of the Red Cross ( ICRC ) with Bilateral Club feet.

Samiullah's father supports a family of seven by running a small village shop in a rural area, the family could not afford treatment for the little boy.

On 3rd May Samiullah started his treatment at FMIC with surgery for Bilateral Achilles elongation + wedge osteotomy. Over the following months he underwent further procedures and at the end of July began physiotherapy.

With this surgery and treatment Samiullah has a bright future ... and will be able to walk, run and play normally without impairment.

This little boy is 8 months old, from Kapisa Province. He was referred to the Children's project by the Afghan Red Crescent society in June 2012 with Cleft lip and Palate.

The family have poor economic situation with the father being the only wage earner for a family of 5, he works as a Cleaner in one of the district Governmental offices,the average salary being 4000 Afghani per month ($80).

Ahmad Abill was intially seen at the French Hospital in late June and booked for his first surgery in July 2012 where he underwent the surgery for - Repair of Cleft Lip - he remained in hospital for 2 days and was then discharged to the Children's house.

Ahmad has done really well, and has healed well with no complications. His parents are absolutely delighted. His second and final surgery of Closure of Cleft Palate will be performed in September.

Noora Khil is a 10 year old boy, coming from Paktia Province. His family had previously not been able to afford treatment for the child, and it was only when one of our previous patients parent informed them of The Children's Project that they came to Kabul to seek treatment for Noora Khil. The father is disabled and works as a shoemaker to support 4 children.

Noora Khil was diagnosed as Bilateral Genu Valgum ( Knock knee deformity )

The young boy was admitted to FMIC in March 2012 for his first surgery of Distal Femur Osteotomy. Following surgery Noora spent a period in plaster and was then referred to the International Red Cross for temporary Orthosis and Physiotherapy.

As you can see the results have been wonderful.

A little boy of 7 years old coming from Tagab district, Kapisa Province. He was referred to the Children's project by Tagab District hospital in March 2012 with Right Club foot. The father is a subsistence farmer, his income comes mainly from the proportion of the crops which he receives in payment for his work. The family also have a cow and sell the milk, they are in a difficult economic situation, and have never previously sought treatment for Rohullah due to this.

His treatment was lengthy involving surgery, plaster casts, further surgery with change of cast and manipulation and finally being fitted with an ankle Foot Orthosis which he will continue to wear for some months.

As you see by his photos after surgery he is full of beans and ready to go!!!

Yousuf was only 10 months old when he was referred from Balkh province. Yousuf was born with Cleft Lip and Palate. He was referred in June 2012 by a Plastic surgeon who understood the family were extremely poor.

The father is a daily worker, often travelling to the rural areas for work on the land, the mother supplements the family income by cleaning and washing clothes in private houses, the couple have 5 children to support.

Yousuf 's first surgery was on the in July 2012 for Repair of Cleft Lip.

Yousuf has progressed well after surgery, and will return in September for Repair of Cleft Palate. Yousuf's parents are happy are happy with his progress so far.

The Childlight Foundation for Afghan Children - Projects and Programs 2012

Our second grant was made to The Childlight Foundation for Afghan children to cover 6 specific projects ranging from providing vital equipment for an orphanage, to a 'Healthy Families in Nangarhar' Seminar.

The Childlight Foundation for Afghan Children was set up by Diana Tacey in 2011 and she travels to Afghanistan each year from the USA on humanitarian trips bringing with her highly skilled volunteers and liaising with in-country support. Their 'organisation statement' says they are dedicated to provide care and support to women and children in selected schools and women's prisons. They aim to create sustainable programs to provide opportunities for women and children to experience accomplishment through increased learning growth and positive self esteem.

New books were to be provided for 6 small libraries in girl's schools, women's prisons, kindergartens and orphanages.

This was achieved except for two prisons which could not be visited for security reasons.

Cost $3,000 spent

This was intended to provide a teacher and supplies to a girl's school. Diana Tacey the Director of the Childlight Foundation found that the school had acquired a teacher and had adequate supplies from Rotary International. She proposed, as the school was operating efficiently without further resources, the budget be transferred to project 3.

This was a Women's Prison Support Program to improve literacy and vocational training and to purchase clothing including baby supplies.

Clothing, shoes and socks plus portable baby baskets, baby formula, bottles and nappies were purchased. A female teacher was hired and her year's salary covered for one prison while three others were hired for another. It was noted that even with the extra funds from project 2 they were over budget but were able to cover with residual from other budgets.

Cost $8,801

Was the'Healthy Families in Nangarhar' women's seminar. This was a successful one day workshop.

Cost $1800

The original plan was to improve a school building for girls and provide school supplies, uniforms, salary for a teacher and heaters for the winter with fuel.

Because of changes in circumstances in this area, with the girl's school being combined with the boys school, only some of this project has been completed. Fabric was provided for girl's shalwar kamez uniforms and uniforms bought for the boys in various sizes. A sewing co-operative were paid to make the girl's uniforms.

Cost: $1983

Beauty Schools in Women's Prison and Adolescent Detention Centre. One prison requested a projector for staff training instead. One women's prison was given a beauty station with supplies and the adolescent centre just required supplies

A prison commander explains the importance of staff training.

Cost: $1500

To provide 6 new air conditioning units, other equipment and supplies needed to an orphanage. The air conditioning units were purchased locally and fitted with local labour. The Director of the Orphanage requested other funds be diverted to a medical emergency. A sick child at the orphanage required hospitalisation for investigations and possible surgical treatment.

Costs: $1540 with money held in reserve for surgery and for shoes for children.

The Trustees of the Karen Woo Foundation would like to thank everyone who has supported the charity, and helping make these projects possible.

We'd also like to acknowledge the tremendous courage and hard work of the people who run the projects.

Mustafa is the newest and now the youngest child at Window of Hope. He is pictured below with the police officers who found him abandoned in Kabul. He is estimated to be about 15 to 18 months old, and shows signs of mental disability. He is not able to hold himself upright, though the doctors say with good care and physiotherapy he could grow to be a high functioning child. Mustafa is the new favourite at Window of Hope and is bringing a smile to everyone’s face, as babies do!