SWO Grants

Service Appreciation Grants

The Women’s Wisdom: Women in Action Service Appreciation Grants program established by Dr. Nahid Angha and is designed to honor and support the work of a woman or a women-led organization in rural neighborhoods. Nominations for honorees are solicited and invited solely by the Women in Action program. A panel of volunteer judges review nominations, and winners are announced in September of each year. Honorees receive $500-$1,000 from the program as a grant.  

Service Appreciation Grants honor and support those who have shown excellence in the following areas:

        • Significantly improving the quality of life of women through social programs: health care, employment, and conflict resolution

        • Advocating to reduce poverty among women

        • Improving gender equality in public and/or private life

        • Promoting women’s and girls’ right to access education

2022 Grant Honorees

Denan Project, Ethiopia. A micro loan program through the Denan Project, whose volunteer members secure necessary resources for highly disadvantaged people. This microloan is for a group of 10 women who help impoverished communities become self-sustainable with resources to provide health care, education, and other critical assistance.

Ruth Nalyanya, Kenya. Through the Peace Path Development Initiative, Ruth operates at the village level with rural women to strengthen the role of the women in their communities and enhance their dignity. The women undertake economic activities, such as sugar cane and chicken farming, to achieve sustainable economic empowerment.

Tecla Namachanja, Kenya. Through the Shalom Centre for Counseling, Tecla conducts five-day healing circle meetings for young women in the Mt. Elgon region. These circles create and hold trusted, safe spaces for these women to become aware of their dark traumatizing past and process it as they embark on their healing journeys.

Munkaila Amina Sanders, Ghana. The Yendi Project, a grassroots project organized by Amina, serves women in the northern Ghanaian region by teaching baking skills to women. It affects their lives nutritionally and is transformative for the people of the villages in Yendi Town.

Featured Grantee

Munkaila “Amina" Sanders, Ghana

The Yendi Project, a grass roots project organized by Amina Sanders, is a small group of people working to make a difference in the lives of people in the villages of Northern Ghana. Many in this region face food insecurity, and it can be difficult for people to obtain basic food for their health and sustenance. Amina’s dream was to train men and women in her village in cooking skills. Funds from SWO’s Service Appreciation Grant have supported Amina in holding classes and helping with the construction of ovens for girls and women, who are able to increase access to bread and staple foods in families and surrounding villages. SWO is proud to support Amina and The Yendi Project.

Past Grant Honorees

Jane Keji Alex, South Sudan. Jane serves rural communities by uplifting women and girls who have been affected by war in South Sudan. She provides adult education and vocational training, and she founded the Wipe My Tears Foundation together with a diverse group of other rural women from different ethnicities and religions.

Fatima Sheriff Alhassan, Nigeria. Fatima promotes and advocates for women and children’s education particularly in social interaction. She has played a vital role in mobilizing the community to learn about and promote good nutrition, hygiene, and awareness on sexual abuse.

Solange Aquino, Portugal. Solange has worked with a project to fight against poverty for a population of mostly African young girls, creating the “Youth on the Move” group, which developed volunteer activities within the community to care for small children while their mothers attended literacy classes.

Itaf Awad, Dabbouriya, Galilee. Itaf Awad helped establish the Dabbouriya Village Forum of Women, a committee of 15 women within a wider community who work on issues of social justice and equality in order to promote the status of the community’s women.

Isabelle Kamariza, Rwanda. Isabelle is the Founder and President of Solid’Africa, a non-profit organization operating in Rwanda since 2011. Its mission is to help vulnerable patients in public hospitals by providing food, hygienic products and other services, with the goal to accelerate patient recovery process, preserve patient’s dignity, and promote equity.

Dima Samman, Jerusalem. Dima is a Palestinian-Jerusalemite novelist and human rights activist who believes that through education women can change their lives, and also that young men must be educated in order to help change society for the better. Dima has inspired others to express their problems, their challenges, and feelings through writing.


Thank you for your interest in our grant nomination process. To learn more about what we fund and support, please review the overview above. We accept nominations by invitation only. For any additional questions please contact the International Association of Sufism.

There is a 2 step nomination process. Step one (1) is to complete the general nomination.