Are you trying to find the meaning of life in Jakarta?  If so, the Social Welfare Committee can provide you with an experience that will warm your heart and soul.  Our members spend their free time traveling throughout the kampungs (neighborhoods and villages) of Jakarta assessing the needs of those less fortunate in an attempt to impact lives and instill profound change in the yayasans (charities) of Indonesia.  In doing so we have discovered that the greatest impact is not only on those we meet, but also on the AWA members.  The countless hugs, smiles and laughing eyes we see on a daily basis make each day in Jakarta seem like an amazing adventure.  Many of our members find the children to be so loving and giving that they donate countless hours working within the yayasans assisting preschool through high school students.


Would you like to join us?  If so please contact the American Women's Association at 021-718-1877 or the Social Welfare Committee at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



 The future of Indonesia, thanks to The Wandering Books FoundationThe AWA Social Welfare Committee's goal is to be responsive to the needs of the Indonesian community by allocating AWA Social Welfare funds to programs which directly benefit and improve the welfare of Indonesian citizens.  Preference is given to those programs that:

  • benefit women and children
  • touch the greatest number of people
  • Focus on basic human needs: primarily health and nutrition programs, basic education, job training and critical surgeries.


Many of our projects help the economically disadvantaged, such as the handicapped, elderly and orphaned.  We also place great emphasis on income-generating projects and projects that emphasize self-sustainability.


The Social Welfare Committee (SWC) meets once each month, usually on the third Tuesday of the month, to review incoming requests, hear reports on field trips, allocate funds and goods contributed, write articles for our quarterly magazine, The Kayon, etc.


Your involvement within the SWC can range from only a few hours a month to a few hours a week. Your participation can be selected from the following activities: field trips to evaluate new and existing projects, represent the AWA at BKKKS (government-level) and Interswat (a networking council of many different women’s organizations) meetings, handling correspondence, researching new project possibilities as well as distribution of donations and goods to selected projects. 


SWC staffs a table at the AWA General Meetings to inform the membership of our activities.


SWC participates in various fund raising activities and traditionally provides the program for the March AWA General Meeting.




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