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In 2014-15 membership in Round the World Women was 104 women and 23 children from 22 countries. The Hospitality Program matched 50 students with host families. In RWW We enjoyed having several women with young children and several of our members delivered babies. We formed a sub-committee to identify and support members who are pregnant through their pregnancies and early motherhood. Volunteers developed this website and started a Facebook page where supporters can now donate directly through the website with Paypal or their credit cards.
In the photo above: Our Annual Pumpkin Carving in October.
Round the World Women completed its 2013-14 program year with a picnic at Mill River Recreation Area in Amherst. We had 114 international women, and 100 were new this program year. The average attendance at programs was about 45 international women plus our volunteers. We enjoyed several young children and several of our members delivered babies this year. Our spring trip to Old Sturbridge Village was a huge success. Thanks to the budget from ATCIS we were able to provide a lunch at Sturbridge. In the photo above: Visiting the Bassett Planetarium at Amherst College.
Round the World Women had 96 international women on our 2012-13 rosters from 29 countries. Average attendance at programs was about 50 international women. This is an increase of 20 over last year. We enjoyed several young children and five of our members delivered babies this year. RWW hosted apple pie making in the fall and 2 other cooking sessions in the spring. International women enjoyed the chance to cook together and share their cultures. The attendance was at least 65 women in the spring. Over the last few years the number of ESL classes and other assistance has increased. Patchanee Malikhao has produced a series of interviews about RWW on Amherst Media. We believe this will be a benefit to the community and the program. After airing, the interviews are available on YouTube! Videos can also be seen Here! In the photo above: new arrivals to Amherst take a tour of the Jones Library in Amherst Center.
Round the World Women has just completed its 2011-12 program year with a picnic at Mill River Recreation Area in Amherst. We had 76 international women on our 2011-12 rosters from 25 countries. Average attendance at programs was about 30 international women. This is a happy increase from last year and matches the number of the 2007-8 membership. The popular cooking program continues to have high attendance–much higher than previous years with numbers running 35 to 40 each session. At our spring trip to Sturbridge Village, the black smith at the Village appreciated the identification of metal “chopsticks” which turned out to be tools for manipulating hot charcoals during cooking! An area of growth for next year is how better to support new mothers involved in the program. In May we visited the UMASS Farm to the delight of the women. Many photos were taken of the pregnant members next to the pregnant horses!