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A World Aware, Inc.

A World Aware LogoA World Aware, Inc., or AWA, is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization founded by Michael and Lois Calamia. AWA is also a registered non-profit organization in South Africa. We are growing in the international arena.

The primary objectives of AWA are to establish contact with indigenous people in areas of significant need, then after building these relationships, our analysis with them determines how best to help resolve the problems challenging these partners. After this teams are recruited of individuals and organizations who want to make a difference. Then solutions are implemented with our partners.

Our objectives are directed by these philosophies:

  1. AWA avoids giving handouts but rather meets people where they are to help them discover how they can meet their own needs, thus becoming self sustaining and viable.
  2. AWA will not take on things our partners are already capable of on their own.
  3. AWA will make every effort to participate in events and projects that are ongoing with a continuous benefit to our partners and the communities we serve.
  4. AWA will work with other indigenous organizations to assist them  as they impact their community.
  5. AWA will strictly avoid creating dependencies on our staff, our volunteers, our organization or our partners.

 

We are about creating sustainable efforts. We are about enabling local people to help in developing workable solutions to the critical areas of need. Typically this is to find ways to provide food, water and for livelihood. Our past projects include many type of activities that AWA uses to promote health, education, and well-being. AWA systematically follows all projects after implementation to ensure continuance and effectiveness of the operations. Our indigenous teams monitor the delivered resources and help in ongoing maintenance needs. This keeps things local but accountable.

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What Do Children Need?

There are many things available for children to succeed in the Western world. The basic needs of children worldwide however are the same.

-A one on one relationship with a caring adult. This relationship can be with a parent, relative, coach, church representative or mentor. (This is difficult to find in South Africa due to the devastation of HIV/AIDS.)

-A safe place to learn and grow. If kids are homeless they have little options in what they learn. Survival skills come first, at the detriment of foundational and higher learning. One key is to bring responsible adults into the school system to instill a sense of security. Programs that make schools a true community center, with before and after school programs are extremely successful. This is difficult when two generations of South Africans have been erased. The need is real however, and new thoughts will have to come forward to address this need. Especially for those not yet in school, preschoolers and those who are not able to register because there is no room in the school or their orphan status prohibits them. AWA is seriously committed to making a difference here!

-A healthy start and a healthy future. Kids need to be drug and alcohol free to succeed in school. Other obstacles are less dramatic, such as poor eyesight, asthma, lack of proper nutrition and dental problems. Often, communities have resources that can help out. They have to be made available to kids. (This may be true in many communities, but in the areas that AWA works in, the reality is there are few resources. Nutrition at early development gives cognitive ability for life, this is a serious need to address when children are infant age to 5 years old. This is why AWA puts an emphasis on working for the benefit of children.)Love these children.

-A marketable skill to be used upon graduation. Goals and a path to a career are critical to success in the classroom, because they give kids a reason to learn reading, writing and math. Getting kids to see that academics offer a way out of poverty is a huge motivating factor. (AWA wholeheartedly agrees. Education for the sake of education is great for personal amusement. Learning how to use education is a key factor to success. AWA delivers hands on programs to teach skills that can be used in a career path, but also provides counsel on how to establish a viable career path with these skills.)

-A chance to give back to peers and the community. Giving kids a chance to give back through volunteering or mentoring is key to helping them find their own identity and self-worth. It is a huge boost for a young person to realize that he or she has a valuable gift to offer somebody else. In fact, this is the best way to provide a way out of the “entitlement mentality” so prevalent in our world today. AWA requires investment from participants (with their time, not finances) in our projects to join and give back to their community. This volunteerism allows them to continue in our programs. This way AWA raises the indigenous volunteer work force needed to continue and sustain the efforts in these communities. Children and adults receive the best benefit of our projects when they are giving back. Once realized, they are eager to bring their heart and minds to future projects. We feel we must continue to motivate others to give back in deed, not words.

A World Aware’s main focus is on creche (preschool) level children. We find creative ways to help others help this most valuable resource! AWA works in creches, schools, churches, farming communities, cities, and villages. Our focus is to get adequate nutrition to creche level children, while providing a well-rounded and healthy learning time that stimulates body, mind, and soul. Our hope is they will then be prepared to become the leaders that our future needs.

Curriculum development.(This encompasses topics like: 1. Childhood Development. 2. Health Issues. 3. Spiritual Growth. 4. Entrepreneurship.) Note, our curriculum is developed with the help of indigenous people who understand the cultural significance of what is presented so the best message gets through. Then we ask our partners around the world to help us evaluate before publishing. Typically a children’s program will include five days of lessons, crafts, music, and physical activities.

How can you help? Two critical ways.
1. You can click the donate button. Your contribution will make a difference to the utterly poor that we serve in South Africa. One hundred dollars will provide meals and educational materials for a creche of 50 children for a week.
2. Consider joining an AWA volunteer team. For information on this including time commitments, costs etc. please see our website at www.aworldaware.org. We have a long history of bringing people to South Africa. Finances are needed, but Hands to put it to work is also essential.

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********All donations sent for project work are 100% delivered to the task. Our organizations are funded separately by specific donations to help us with administration so all gifts to those in need are delivered without deduction. *********

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