The international Community of English Speaking Women in Austria – also known as AWA – organized a collection of school supplies for refugee children. The idea was inspired by the 9/11 Day of Service commemoration of the tenth anniversary of September 11 in the U.S. and in the spirit of the 2011 European Year of Volunteering.
AWA Vienna’s plan was to bring together the American and international communities in Vienna for a month of giving, learning, sharing and service. This project served to promote greater involvement by the international community in helping people in need in the Vienna community. AWA partnered with the American International School, Vienna International School, Danube International School, International Christian School of Vienna, Webster University, associations of U.S. university alumni in Vienna, and Democrats Abroad, among others.
Webster University Vienna’s students, staff and faculty were able to bring together a collection of two large boxes filled with school supplies, board games, dictionaries, books and puzzles. Jutta Pedigo, student affairs coordinator and organizer of the collection at Webster University Vienna’s campus was proud to hand these over to the AWA on Thursday, Sept. 29.
The beneficiaries of this project are refugee children and all donations were handed over to the refugee assistance offices of the Diakonie, Caritas and Menschen.Leben.