Welcome to the Karen Woo FoundationThe Karen Woo Foundation is a grant-giving Charity, focusing on supporting projects in Afghanistan which provide healthcare to communities which have little or no access to even basic medical provision.
Much of the health infrastructure in Afghanistan has been destroyed and many people in remote villages have little or no access to health care. Afghanistan has some of the highest maternal and child mortality rates in the world with one woman dying in childbirth every 28 minutes and 1 in 5 children dying before the age of 5. It was Dr Karen Woo's mission to bring medical care to those who need it most in Afghanistan, while also promoting the basic rights of Afghan women.
Inspired by the passion and courage of Dr Karen Woo, who was tragically killed whilst delivering aid to a remote region of northern Afghanistan, our mission is to bring lasting and positive change to the lives of women and children in Afghanistan, by improving their access to healthcare. We do this by raising awareness and funds for healthcare projects.
The Foundation aims to continue her legacy with your support and compassion, by:
- Increasing awareness of the healthcare needs of women and children in Afghanistan.
- Acting as a conduit for financial and ‘in-kind’ donations to projects which increase access to healthcare for women and children in Afghanistan.
- Making small grants to community based projects, addressing the healthcare needs of Afghan women and children.
For further details on the aims and objectives of the foundation please visit 'Our Aims' page.
Announcing The Foundation’s inaugural grants
We are delighted that, with your support, we have been able to make our first two grants this year. The grants have been made to The Children’s House (Kabul), and The Childlight Foundation for Afghan Children.
Please visit our Projects page to learn more about how the grants have helped.
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Dr Narinder Kapur, consultant neuropsychologist and visiting Professor of Neuropsychology at University College London, and a follower of Mahatma Ghandi, presented £3000 donation to Lynn Woo for the Karen Woo Foundation, in honour of Karen's courage and determination.
The ceremony took place in front of the Ghandi statue in Tavistock Square, London. Thank you to Dr Kapur for this generous donation, the foundation is very grateful for your support and the difference it will make in the lives of the women and children we support.
(Pictured L-R Andrew Woo, Lynn Woo, Professor Sir Brian Jarman, Dr Narinder Kapur)
Cuillin Ridge Challenge Fundraiser - May
This month Henry Pickett will be traversing the Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye to raise funds for the Karen Woo Foundation. To sponsor Henry and find out more about this amazing undertaking please visit his Justgiving page.
Good luck Henry and hope all the preparations are going well.
Second Container on way - Jan 2013
The KWF is pleased to announce there is a second container on its way to Afghanistan, organised by Mike King and Clive O'Sullivan. It contains work clothing donated by Arco to be distributed by Afghan Action, computers donated by a girls' school here for a girl's school there, also under Afghan Action's care, and donated Medical supplies destined for the Ibn Sina Hospital Kabul from us.
There is even some cricket gear donated through Francis Wauchope who has been instrumental in arranging the freighting of the container. We are grateful to the HQ RLC (TA) and 562 squadron 151 (London) Transport Regiment for moving the container out of Harlow to a distribution point for completion and then to Southampton, both moves in appalling weather.
10 Mile Run - Nov 2012
Thank you to Vicky Sanders, who completed a 10 mile run to raise money for the Foundation. Vicky had only just started getting back into running shortly before the run, so this is a massive challenge.
You can still sponsor her by visiting her Justgiving page.
Thank you to Vicky and everyone who supported her.
The Life and Loss of Karen Woo - Available on DVD
For those interested in the ITV documentary, the Foundation now has copies available for purchase.
All proceeds go to The Karen Woo Foundation