The Foundation’s aim is to support projects which focus on providing healthcare and education, particularly for women and children in Afghanistan.


Yousuf, recovering from surgery at one our supported projects

As a small charity we look to carefully select fields and individual programs where it is possible to have a far reaching and sustainable effect ensuring that every penny contributed is used to best result.

Below you can find details about projects that were supported thanks to generous donors like you.



ECI for Window of Hope – £3,000.00

The Project: To continue assisting in the sustaining and improving the operation of the Window of Hope private care home supporting 16 disabled orphans

The focus of ECI’s sustainability efforts has now shifted to working on getting the final support and sign off for a disability centre. They are in ongoing negotiations with the Government of Afghanistan about securing the land for the centre. Once this has been secured they will move the Window of Hope to the centre. In the short to medium term ECI will continue to fund-raise to keep the home sustained.


Healthprom (2nd year grant) – £3,617.00

Project: To continue support, provision and training of Community Health Workers to improve childbirth and maternal mortality.

Following on the grant we provided in 2017, reports from the leaders from the village women groups show a dramatic improvement in the rate of maternal, newborn and under-5 deaths in each village against baseline data gathered by village women for the two years before the project started there.

The annual average of under-5 deaths after infancy per 1,000 live births was 50 in the two pre-project years and 2 in the last year. These results are thanks to the excellent and hard-working Afghan team and the full and active co-operation of villagers.


Warchild UK (2nd year grant) – £3,000.00

Project: to improve access to early years education for 540 vulnerable and marginalised children.

ECCD in Herat:

War Child UK, thanks to the donation by the Karen Woo Foundation, has been able to make meaningful, sustainable progress for vulnerable pre-school children across Herat province.

In total, 540 children (282 girls and 258 boys) attended the ECCD classes. All classes were handled by female teachers who have completed their 12th grade and were conducted in local houses provided for free by the community leaders.

Children attending ECCD classes were provided with school kits once a year: a bag and uniform were distributed; every two months one drawing notebook and coloured pencils; and every month a lined notebook, two pencils, one sharpener and one eraser, were given to each child.  WCUK also provided classroom equipment, including flip charts, coloured papers, white board, chalk, carpet, dust bin, water jug, clock, classroom visual aids like posters, and alphabet and number learning materials. For teachers, we provided teaching kits composed of attendance sheets, lesson plan templates, and teaching books. To compliment the ECCD refresher training.

Regarding integration to primary school, of the 540 children (282 girls and 258 boys) who successfully completed ECCD class, 311 children (170 girls and 141 boys) had turned six and were integrated to government primary schools in April 2018.


La Chaine de’Lespoir (2nd year grant) – £5,000.00

Project: providing for a further 6 underprivileged children care and medical/surgical treatment required.

An additional years grant was provided following the success of the 2017 grant, which allowed for the treatment of 6 children who have been completely treated thanks to the Karen Woo Foundation grant.  6 other children will be treated thanks to the second part of the grant.


KWF has again been able to contribute to The Window of Hope Orphanage as it continues to care for disabled youngsters, orphaned or abandoned.

Mustafa is the newest and now the youngest child at Window of Hope. He is pictured below with the police officers who found him abandoned in Kabul. He is estimated to be about 15 to 18 months old, and shows signs of mental disability. He is not able to hold himself upright, though the doctors say with good care and physiotherapy he could grow to be a high functioning child. Mustafa is the new favourite at Window of Hope and is bringing a smile to everyone’s face, as babies do!

KWF gave another grant to The Association of Afghanistan Healthcare Professionals who liaised with a local charity, The Baaz Welfare Foundation to provide 37 wheelchairs for people in Nangarhar Province. These people had had no means for getting around unless,as in the photo, they were carried.


The first grant in this period was to The Enabled Child Initiative to continue with support for rent provisions healthcare and education for The Window of Hope Orphanage. The report from last year’s grant showed children able to remain in current premises which have been improved decoratively and with many improbvements in their life in healt and education.

The second was to The Association of Afghan Healthcare Professionals to provide wheelchairs to disabled persons in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan to help them with their mobility and independence. They will get the chairs made locally and hope to provide 40 from our grant.


For a second year we supported The Enabled Children’s Initiative, now a registered charity in its own right, again in tandem with them and The Linda Norgrove Foundation to sustain The Window of Hope Orphanage.

The Window of Hope (WoH), a private care home, is currently housing 11 disabled orphans, 6 who have mild to severe mental disabilities, and 5 who have physical and mental disabilities. Three of the children are immobile and require 24/7 care. The children range in ages from about 4 to 16 years old, though the exact age of the children is uncertain. The maximum number of children residing at WoH this year was 15, four have since been happily reconnected with their families.

For a second year we also supported Healthprom with further support for its Community Workers. Some villages are so remote that it is sometimes not possible to bring women in labour to health centres and many births take place on the floor at home without a midwife. Community Health Workers will encourage women and husbands to go to the health centre for the birth and they will be the most able in the village to recognise complications of pregnancy and labour, in which case they will urge husbands to take their wives to the health centre without delay. The health workers ensure that women giving birth have a clean birth kit, provided by the project, and will instruct women in hand washing.

KWF gave a grant to Medair UK a registered charity in England and Wales whose objectives are to relieve human need, hardship and suffering worldwide. In Afghanistan our grant went toward Medair’s ongoing project to improve nutrition for pregnant and lactating women and young children.


A grant was given to Afghan Professionals Network Limited as part of its Enabled Children’s Initiative to sustain the operation of The Window of Hope Orphanage in Kabul. The Window of Hope is home to 13 Disabled Children. The Karen Woo Foundation, The Linda Norgrove Foundation and Afghan Professionals Network agreed to contribute an equal sum toward the project, covering a year’s costs of basic provisions, rent transport, health needs and staff salaries.

A grant was given to Healthprom, a charity registered in England and Wales whose objectives are to preserve, protect and improve the health of the public in Britain, Eastern Europe the Caucasus and Asia. The Karen Woo Foundation gave a grant toward a project started in 2009 in Afghanistan to reduce maternal mortality by 75% by 2015. Our grant was given specifically to pay for 38 Community Workers to be trained and supplied with medicines and maternity equipment to serve in their remote villages where Healthprom were working.

For the second year KWF were pleased to make a grant to La Chaine De L’Espoir, a French NGO, active in many countries including Afghanistan. Its main objective is to provide poor children with medical and surgical treatment. In Afghanistan it set up the Afghan Children’s House which provides care pre- and post-op for children from poor families particularly from remote regions, arranging operations at the children’s hospital. The Karen Woo Foundation’s grant paid for 15 children to receive accommodation and all necessary treatment as well as the transport to and from the Children’s House to their homes.


Our first grant was made to La Chaine de l’Espoir to pay for 15 children to receive treatment and appropriate surgical care through 2012.

The Children’s House, and La Chaine de l’Espoir Children’s Project was initiated in 2005. The aim of the project is to identify and ensure treatment for the poorest children from the rural areas. They would be brought to the Children’s House in Kabul, accommodated alongside family members and all necessary medical and surgical care would be arranged at one of the Kabul Hospitals. The children would return to the Children’s House for recovery before being returned home. Conditions range from cleft lips to serious heart defects.

Our second grant was made to The Childlight Foundation for Afghan Children to cover 6 specific projects ranging from providing vital equipment for an orphanage, to a ‘Healthy Families in Nangarhar’ Seminar.

The Childlight Foundation for Afghan Children was set up by Diana Tacey in 2011 and she travels to Afghanistan each year from the USA on humanitarian trips bringing with her highly skilled volunteers and liaising with in-country support. Their ‘organisation statement’ says they are dedicated to provide care and support to women and children in selected schools and women’s prisons. They aim to create sustainable programs to provide opportunities for women and children to experience accomplishment through increased learning growth and positive self esteem.

Thank you

The Trustees of the Karen Woo Foundation would like to thank everyone who has supported the charity, and helping make these projects possible.

We’d also like to acknowledge the tremendous courage and hard work of the people who run the projects.