Community service is one of the foundations of the AIWC. In fact our constitution directs us to assist local Geneva organizations. Below are a few of the groups we help on a continual basis; as well as a list of our short-term projects.
Cuisine Lab is a restaurant empowering refugees through professional mentoring, culinary education & employment. By serving international dishes using locally produced food (in cooperation with Agora), Cuisine Lab focuses on sustainability with the intention of creating awareness and appreciation of different cultures and community groups.
Au Coeur des Grottes is a center that provides living support for women with their children. Most are facing difficult situations that may include domestic violence, exploitation in the workplace and human trafficking . We organize Easter, Halloween and Christmas parties for the children as well as provide backpacks and school supplies.
With a mission to provide support to any woman, with or without children, who is temporarily in difficulty, Foyer Arabelle is the only association in Geneva that provides both shelter and a crèche, allowing mothers and children to stay together. In 2021, the Foyer hosted 40 women and 56 children representing 22 nationalities. The majority of women (70%) were fleeing domestic violence.
The AIWC has previously raised funds for the women and children to attend a summer camp/retreat on a farm in France. We continue to provide school supplies at the beginning of the year.
Partage means share. The group was founded as a central warehouse to collect non-perishable foods and personal care items to distribute among charities in Geneva. The AIWC helps with the biannual collection of food in Geneva's grocery stores as well as sorting the pallets during the following weeks. For more information read our blogs: A Morning Sorting Food and Samedi du Partage: Coming to a grocery store near you!
Le Bateau Genève is a warm, safe place for those living in difficult situations to sit down to breakfast, learn French, socialize and participate in various activities that help them integrate into Swiss society. Alongside the passengers on the boat, the AIWC cooks and serves a hot breakfast once a week.
La Maison de Tara offers an alternative to hospitalization for people in palliative care. Residents spend their final days in a non-medical atmosphere surrounded by warmth, care and tenderness. Volunteers from the AIWC have designed, planted and continue to maintain a beautiful garden for the residents and their families to enjoy together during this challenging time.
ESCA CancerSupport provides free emotional support, practical help, well-being activities and a welcoming community in English for anyone affected by Cancer. Their services are available in Geneva, Lausanne and online.
The AIWC assists with several ESCA CancerSupport fundraising events. We have hosted talks about ESCA CS's mission, supplied refreshments for their Open Houses and World Cancer Day Events. We have participated in their Dragon Boat competitions and most recently we enthusiastically support the Steps for CancerSupport Challenge. Join one of our virtual steps teams and see what it's all about.