Pune: The 52nd Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) Day was celebrated on Thursday at Milkha Singh Complex, Pune Camp, in which families of all Army units/establishments of Pune, Kirkee (Khadki), Dehu Road and Aundh stations participated. The event commenced with Dr Suman Soni, regional president AWWA lighting the traditional lamp.
AWWA is a non-government organisation, which was established on August 23, 1966. The aim of establishing this organisation was to foster a feeling of belongingness and providing social empowerment to the wives of Army personnel, who are largely from the rural background.
“AWWA has contributed immensely towards the welfare and empowerment of wives of serving and retired soldiers and their kin, thereby making them self-reliant. True to its motto of ‘Asha, Vishwas and Aastha’, the AWWA organisation works relentlessly to ensure that the soldiers can perform the duties without worrying about their families. In view of the changing social norms in the society, one of the major tasks performed by the organisation is to facilitate resolving of marital problems of Army personnel and extend a helping hand to the ‘Veer Naris’, when in need,” Southern Command statement reads.
To mark the celebrations on Thursday, a talk on ‘Disability to Ability’, a skit on ‘Empowerment of Disabled’, and a graceful cultural programme was organised at Pune. Dr Suman Soni extended her best wishes and gratitude to every member of the AWWA fraternity and spoke about various skill development and welfare activities being undertaken by AWWA for its members at all levels. She also presented the AWWA awards of appreciation to ladies and also gave away gifts to the participants.