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AWC Charities

Although getting together to have fun is one of the most appealing aspects of belonging to the AWC, we are also very mindful of our duties and civic responsibility as a charitable foundation.

For many years we have provided support to three charitable organizations: Sonrisa de un Niño, a childcare center and nursery school for low-income families, and El Pozo Santo, which houses elderly people of very limited means.

In autumn of 2009 we increased our commitment to three charities by adding Las Hermanitas de los Pobres which also provides a home for elderly people without adequate means.

The AWC raises funds for these charities through raffles and social events.  In late autumn we launch special appeals for dried food and Christmas presents.  Additionally throughout the year we collect clothing, some small household goods and toys.  The charity team maintains a close relationship with these organisations so that the AWC is aware of special needs that may arise. Some members volunteer their time to help out at our adopted charities.

Charity is a vital part of our club activities and enables us to give something back to the city that so many of us now call home.

El Pozo Santo

HandsThe Hospital of the Sántisimo Cristo de los Dolores (Holy Christ of the Sorrows) has long been known as El Pozo Santo (the Holy Well) that gives its name to the plaza in which the residence is located. The organization was founded in 1666 by Marta de Jesús Carrillo and Beatriz Jerónima de la Concepción, two extraordinary women from the order of San Francisco de Asis. They created the first home for impoverished, infirm, disabled women in the province of Seville, and its doors have remained open without interruption for more than 350 years.

The residence has a capacity for 100 women residents, although it currently houses only 60, as it is undergoing much-needed refurbishing. Occasionally one or two males are admitted as well, normally husbands of women who have already taken up residence there. The Junta de Andalucía provides some subsidies for some residents’ upkeep, but with so many people to care for and the astronomical cost of maintaining a large, 350+ year old building, Pozo Santo is perpetually short of funds.

Sonrisa de un Niño

girls playingLa Sonrisa de un Niño was founded in 1969 and became an Association in 1986. The Junta de Andalucía gives some assistance, in return for which the Association provides places for an additional 30 children in the nursery school on a free programme. This enables financially struggling parents to work. The remainder of the funding comes from private donations.

This day care centre/nursery school is located in a modest neighbourhood in Sevilla Este. The Association provides meals, educational materials and toiletries, including disposable nappies for the infants and children in their care.

La Sonrisa de un Niño maximises its support to desperately deserving families providing some food, clothing, household goods and occasionally medicines.

The centre is constantly in need of children’s clothes, disposable nappies, cots, prams, strollers, bedding, food and other basic everyday items.

Hermanitas de los Pobres

Many of us have walked past this old people’s residence in Sevilla and admired its gardens without realizing what lies behind its walls.

Situated on the corner of Calle Luis Montoto and La Avenida de
La Hermanitas Buhaira, this institution was actually founded in France in 1839 when Juana Jugan gave up her bed to an old woman who was blind and paralyzed. Juana continued to dedicate her life to looking after old people who had no resources; thus founding this religious family. Since then the nuns of Las Hermanitas de los Pobres have taken of care of elderly men and women who have little or no income. The nuns provide security, affection and a quality of life based on respect and dignity.

This organization now encompasses thirty-two countries with the branches being partially reliant on each other. The sole source of income is from donations. No help is received from the state or the LasHermanitaschurch. The philosophy is to live each day and confide in God's providence. This manifests itself through the many generous people who help them. The nuns can be seen on the streets of Sevilla every day, asking for donations - however small.

 

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