Mrs Nafisa Shaheem, the spouse of Chief of General Staff Afghan National Army alongwith a delegation from Afganistan, visited Aahwan, a women empowerment project and Army Skill Training Centre (ASTC) on 30 Aug 2016. Mrs Nafisa was welcomed by Mrs Namita Suhag, President AWWA. The Chairperson Aahwan and Director ASTC briefed visiting guests on the activities of Aahwan and ASTC respectively.  Mrs Nafisa was eager to know about the various welfare measures initiated by AWWA.  She was impressed to see the quality of work and the facilities being provided to the ladies working in welfare oriented projects.  She was inquisitive on skill enhancement measures and wanted to know about the type of skills being imparted in the Army Skill Training Centre (ASTC).  She visited the ASTC, where she saw the state of the art training apparatus, ongoing classes of beauty and wellness,  block printing, stitching and computer data entry courses.  The students were elated to meet the foreign guest.  It was clear that language was no barrier in communication when the foreign guests interacted with the trainees and staff.

     The delegation was made note of the working and management procedures as it was keen on establishing such institutes in their own country.  They praised the voluntary contribution of volunteers, chairpersons and management committee of AWWA.

    In the end, the visiting guests visited various stalls which displayed items made in Aahwan.  The variety and quality of Aahwan items was excellent.  In the concluding remarks, Mrs Nafisa thanked President AWWA, and complimented her on the genuine measures being undertaken by AWWA for women empowerment.







    Women empowerment has been the prime focus of AWWA since inception.  Our Vocational Training Centres (VTC) have been the mainstay to meet this aspect.  However, with globalisation and rapid changes in production technology, it was difficult for our VTC′s to achieve the desired levels in vocational training.
    To match the requirement of environment and expertise, Mrs Namita Suhag, President AWWA in Mar 2016 conceived a project which could empower Army Wives with state of the art skilling.  A project which would meet the aspirations of the Army Wives on one hand and would also contribute to the National Objectives of skilling.
    The Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) was co-opted to get the requisite registered certification under the National Skill Development Centre (NSDC) programmes.  Four skills which suit Army Wives requirements namely stitching, beauty and wellness, block printing and computer data entry,  were chosen in the initial phase.
    The project was finally approved for Delhi in May 2016. It was a proud moment for AWWA when the Army Skill Training Centre was ready in a record time of two and a half months and fully functional with its first batch of 120 students.
    The project was inaugurated on 22 Aug 2016 by Mrs Namita Suhag, President AWWA in presence of Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Hon′ble Minister for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship. It was a landmark feat since the project has paved way, for new generation to shift from traditional VTC′s, to the state of the art skilling.  The project in due course of time is planned to be replicated in other military stations as well.



AWWA DAY 23 AUG 2016





    Raised on 23 Aug 1966, Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) is one of the largest voluntary organisations in India. It has charted its course for fulfilling the societal obligation through social empowerment and skill building of spouses and dependents of Army personnel since inception.  AWWA aims at the holistic development and well being of Army Wives including their children and rehabilitation of war widows and differently abled children.
    This year is special for AWWA, as it is the Golden Jubilee Year of AWWA.  The fifty glorious years have been a saga of Army Wives braving all odds,  standing in support of each other through testing times.  AWWA′s oneness is the strong invisible support for the Army personals who serve on the frontiers worry less. In the five decades of existence, AWWA has transformed from a facilitator to Veer Naris, to a wide range of roles in welfare,  education, health of its ladies, care of widows, their dependents and exclusive schools for the differently abled. 
    The AWWA celebrations were over a period of seven days the final day being 23 Aug 2016. The event was celebrated at Delhi, Regional and Zonal levels all over India. Mrs Namita Suhag, President AWWA was the chief guest for the function at Delhi.  The function had motivational talk, important information on skill training skit on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, self Defence programme and traditional Indian state dance performances. The activities at all places were well planned and executed with proper austerity measures.
    In Delhi, various activities and competitions were organised. A few of them were tree plantation, Run for Fun, Painting, Healthy Baby and Master Chef competition.
A workshop for Veer Naris was also organised from 02 to 04 Aug 2016 at Delhi.  The Veer Naris were also felicitated by President AWWA on culmination of the seminar.
    The AWWA Day address by President AWWA highlighted the achievements of the predecessors and their remarkable contributing to AWWA. President AWWA thanked her predecessors and all the valuable members of AWWA fraternity past and prime present for helping AWWA reach so high, establishing a place of its own in the voluntary organisations of India.
    The AWWA Day also had the releases of the Asha Greeting Cards, Asha Wrapping Paper, AWWA Journal Avani and AWWA Coffee Table Book. The event culminated with the felicitation of the participants and thanks giving to all the attendees.







    A new AWWA Project named ′Vishwas′ was inaugurated by Mrs Namita Suhag, President AWWA on 26 Jul 2016.  The project shall train and provide employment assistance to the differently abled children who are over 18 years of age and have passed out from Asha School.  The differently abled children would first be identified in their works which interest them.  Thereafter they will be trained to prepare different items, which would then be sold at various AWWA, outlets.
    The children will gain experience and expertise and can thereafter be employed at various production centres.  They can thus get remuneration for their efforts and be in some way gainfully employed under supervision.  Vishwas presently has the Paper Bag Making, Candle Making, Soap Making, Re-cycling of paper, Computer basic courses and Disposable plates making facilities.
    Mrs Namita Suhag complimented Asha School, Delhi Cantt, for their teaching methodology which has given the children a confidence to be absorbed in Vishwas.  She said that, based on the feedback from the environment and demand, similar assistance centres will be added later.  She appreciated the efforts of Delhi Area and 505 Army Base workshop for the conduct and assistance.







    49 Children from Asha School, Delhi Cantt alongwith their teachers and staff visited Rashtrapati Bhawan for a photograph with Hon′ble President of India, on 19 Jul 2016.  President AWWA apprised the Hon′ble President about the purpose and functioning of Asha Schools.  Asha School children were elated to be in Rashtrapti Bhawan in the company of Hon′ble President.  The Hon′ble President was also very happy to meet the children.  He wished them good health and happiness and also complimented the teachers and staff for the humane service being given by them.  The Hon′ble President graciously accepted for photographs with the children and the faculty.







    Mrs Namita Suhag, President AWWA, on 07 Jun 16 inaugurated the Summer Camp for children of all ranks organised by HQ Delhi Area in Harbaksh Stadium Complex. The camp was organised from 07 Jun to 17 Jun 2016 with a view to educate children and generate their interest in various creative activities as also to gainfully utilise time during their summer vacations. The children from age groups 5 years to 15 Years, participated in the camp. The events planned for children included Dance, Music, Painting, Sketching, Handicrafts, Best out of Waste, Pottery, Cookery, Decoration and Band. Subjects like Essay writing and Public speaking were also introduced to improve the personality and confidence in students. The children were also entertained by Puppet & Magic shows during the camp.  Overall, it was a good learning and fun for children.
    The closing ceremony of the camp, on 17 Jun 2016, displayed on board, the activities of children the camp. Prizes were given to the children who excelled during the Camp. It was an excellent platform to make friends and learn with fun and children fully took advantage of the opportunity.







    Foundation Day of the College of Nursing, Army Hospital (R&R) was celebrated on       01 Jun 2016. Mrs Namita Suhag, President AWWA was the Chief Guest of the function. Mrs Kiran Rai, Vice President AWWA, Mrs Payal Sharma, General Secretary AWWA, Lt Gen SD Duhan Commandant Army Hospital (R&R), Mrs Krishna Duhan, Chairperson Patient Welfare Committee Army Hospital (R&R), Maj Gen Elizabeth John, Principal Matron Army Hospital (R&R) and Col Puneto A Sharma, Principal College of Nursing Army Hospital (R&R) also attended in the function.
    The students of College of Nursing presented a programme depicting unity in diversity, showing cultural heritage of India. The programme was well appreciated by the audience.  The first edition of College Magazine “Tarangini” was released by President AWWA. President AWWA was briefed on the methodology of grooming, training and on the results achieved by the College of Nursing. She appreciated the training methodology and the team spirit of the students of College of Nursing, Army Hospital (R&R). She also appreciated the display of crafts made by the students.
    In the end President AWWA wished the College of Nursing the very best and complimented Army Hospital R&R for excellent standards.







    Mrs Pema Chodan, spouse of Chief Operations Officer (COO), Royal Bhutan Army visited Aahwan Project (A Project of AWWA for Women Empowerment) on 09 May 2016. Mrs Pema Chodan was welcomed by Mrs Namita Suhag, President AWWA.  She was accompanied by Mrs Kuenga Wangmo, spouse of Comdt, RBG.  Mrs Pema Chodan was briefed about the project by Mrs Ila Bam, Chairperson Aahwan. The President AWWA and visiting delegation discussed various issues related to welfare of Army Wives, Veer Naris, Widows and Asha School Children.  Mrs Pema Chodan was inquisitive about various schemes and ventures launched for Army Wives.   She appreciated various initiatives undertaken by AWWA for welfare of its beneficiaries.
    The visiting delegation was then taken around Aahwan stalls, wherein they purchased the Aahwan prepared products like bed covers, sheets, kurties and candles. They admired the quality of material, colours and finish of the products. Visiting delegation appreciated the self sustained model and work culture of Aahwan and wished all the ladies working in the project good luck and continued success of the project.






    The first AWWA bi-annual conference of the year 2016(the Golden Jubilee Year) was held from 25 to 28Apr 2016 at Delhi.  The conference is a bi-annual feature, wherein an update on the progress of welfare activitiesand future plans of AWWA are informed to the members.
    In the opening remarks, President AWWA, spoke on the Golden Jubilee Year. She thanked her predecessors and the AWWA functionaries for the strong and robust foundation of AWWA. She said that the decades of hard work has put AWWA on of the most accomplished welfare organisations of the country. She also complimented all the present functionaries of AWWA for their selfless contribution.







     A Seminar on “Empowering the Facilitators for effective handling of differently abled children including their integration into society” was conducted on 15 & 16 Mar 16 under the aegis of Asha School, Delhi Cantt, run by 505 Army Base Workshop on behalf of HQ Delhi Area.   
    The aim of the Seminar was to evolve standard assessment criteria for differently abled children to assuage anxiety levels of parents and special educators, whenever a child gets admitted/transferred to a new Asha School. 
    A total of 66 participants from 36 Asha Schools attended the seminar.
    Mrs Namita Suhag, President AWWA, the Chief Guest for the seminar inaugurated the seminar.   She interacted with the faculty and guest speakers.  She was pleased to note that there were representations from all the Asha Schools.  She complimented HQ Delhi Area, 505 Army Base Workshop and Asha School, Delhi Cantt for a flawless conduct of the seminar.
     The seminar which was one of its first kind at such a large scale made available a platform to ′Share and Care′.   A standardised format for assessment criteria was given to each participant at the end of seminar.







Taurus Boys Hostel

    The Taurus Boys Hostel was started in the Year 1999 with an aim to give dependent children of Army, a place to continue quality education in a secure environment. The dependants of serving/retired Army pers pursuing after class XII are eligible for admission is the hostel.
    President AWWA was received by Mrs RadhikaRavindran, and was briefed on the functioning of Taurus Boys Hostel. A total of 73 boys are subscribing to the facility. The boys have found an ideal home for studies in Delhi. President AWWA expressed her satisfaction over infrastructure food and other allied facilities.




Palliative Care Centre

    The Palliative Care Centre, is a home for those who have been given the best possible treatment by our hospital and yet have to continue their illness journey over a prolonged period due to the nature of disease.For such patients the Palliative Care Centre is second home. The environment there has exclusivity of own. The kitchen and allied facilities are available round the clock. There is a provision for stay of attending guests as well.
    President AWWA praised the standards maintained and stated that there can be no match to the humane act of giving round the clock support to the needy.








    The President AWWA, was invited as a Chief Guest for the Indian Cancer Society Silver Jubilee celebrationson 13 Feb 16. The function was organised at Connaught Place Lawns. The President AWWA inaugurated the function by lighting a lamp. It was followed by invocation ceremony and felicitation of personalities who contributed to the cause of fighting cancer and supporting cancer patients.

    The day is celebrated by the cancer survivors with those who have lost their near and dear ones to cancer. The cancer survivors light candle in their memory.

    The President AWWA, in her address congratulated the Indian Cancer Society on their Silver Jubilee. She also complimented them for their  relentless work and support for the noble cause. She said that ′Prerna′,the Cancer Support Group of AWWA, has learnt a lot from the Indian Cancer Society,as their volunteers have been associated with Prerna. She expressed her happiness over the conduct of the event and congratulated every one for playing a big role in giving support to those who are suffering from cancer.
In the end President AWWA on behalf of AWWA, presented a cheque of Rupees one lakh to the Indian Cancer Society and wished them good luck.