Humanitarian Outreach Program and Events (HOPE) is one of the founding pillars of the AWCB, committed to make a difference by offering members meaningful service opportunities in the local community.
What we do
We gather together to make heart shaped pillows to donate to breast cancer patients at the UZ Leuven Breast Cancer Ward. The pillow is designed to be placed under the arm to ease pain and tension, as well as provide emotional support to the patients.
We coordinate, collect and distribute holiday gifts for the children of La Cite Joyeuse orphanage, the Red Cross Refugee Center Alsemberg and Centre Nos Pilifs school for autistic children.
The Small Grants Program allows us to share the best of American spirit, while forging cross-cultural connections, and supporting our host community. Available funds will allow us to award 2 grants of 500 euro each to registered Belgian charities. Click here for our 2019 application.
Our outreach activities include organizing events and activities for women and families at the Red Cross Refugee Center Alsemberg .
We organize collections of new or gently-used clothing, household items, electronics, and coordinate food drives for those in need.
We organize and participate in fundraising events to raise awareness and benefit local and global charities.
UZ Leuven Breast Cancer Ward: Treats approximately 25 breast cancer patients each week, for whom we aim to provide heart pillows through Hearts for HOPE.
Red Cross Refugee Center Alsemberg: Provides housing for approximately 200 individuals who seek refuge in Belgium.
La Cite Joyeuse: An orphanage dedicated to improving the quality of life and the social and academic integration of the children entrusted to them
Centre Nos Pilifs: Nos Pilifs is a center for multidisciplinary outpatient rehabilitation as well as a school for children diagnosed with autism. The center develops individualized programs in order help students with autonomy, socialization and cognitive skills. Their collaborative mindset offers families the opportunity to be at the heart of an educational and therapeutic alliance for children with autism along with the center.
Center for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence: provides temporary housing and counseling to women and their children escaping life-threatening situations in the Brussels region.
Oasis: works hand in hand with local communities, embassies, churches, and other institutions to bring about long-lasting change in the lives of women, children, and elderly people in Belgium, helping women who have been trafficked to come out of exploitation and find community and employment, women experiencing domestic violence as a result of having immigrated to Belgium for marriage connecting isolated elderly people to community, and supporting the children of people without papers, helping them to stay in school, eat well and have stable accommodation whilst helping the parents to regularise their papers and find work.
American Oversees Memorial Day Association Belgium: An organization with a mission to perpetuate the remembrance of the members of the American armed forces who died in the defense of freedom and who are buried in Belgium by organizing and conducting Memorial Day ceremonies at American cemeteries, commemorating and preserving the graves of the American servicemen buried in isolated graves outside of these three cemeteries in Belgium, and engaging in youth outreach and other projects and activities to promote the remembrance of the members of the American armed forces who died in the defense of freedom.
FAWCO Target Project: Hope Beyond Displacement: Hope Beyond Displacement aims to build better futures through education, vocational and leadership training for refugee women and girls in Amman, Jordan. It is an initiative of the Collateral Repair Project (CRP) designed to address the pressing issues identified in close consultation with the women they serve.