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AWA of Indonesia is a non-profit organization of expats building friendships and contributing to local Indonesian charities. ❤️

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Dear Valued AWA Members, 
It’s membership renewal time. I’d like to encourage each member to renew your membership. We are having an early bird special now, which is Rp. 750k for regular membership and Rp. 500k for US Embassy members. After June 1, our rates will resume to Rp. 900k for regular membership and Rp. 600k for US Embassy members. I am counting on each of you to be ambassadors for our organization and to promote our activities, events and programs to your friends so they, too, can enjoy the manifold benefits of membership. 
It is with great honor that our US Ambassador’s wife Mrs. Mei Chou Donovan is graciously welcoming AWA members and guests into her beautiful residence for our Annual General Meeting. Please go to to register if you have not yet done so. You will need your Passport or KITAS number and must register by May 5. To encourage membership, we invite you to bring one guest to learn more about AWA. Light refreshments will be served. 
With our membership term coming to an end, I am asking for your nominations to fill our board positions. I have lived in Jakarta for 7 years and the immense knowledge I’ve gained this year as President has been unbelievable! There are skills I can do now that I haven’t been able to before I stepped into this role. I have built the most incredible friendships with our active members as we all work together to serve our expat and local communities. The energy put into AWA will reward you in return tenfold with a fraught sense of joy and accomplishment, which in many accompanying spouses lives, is lacking. 
I request your support and active participation in helping to secure the executive board so members can rest assure that AWA will continue to be an organization upon which our expat community and social welfare programs can rely on and trust. Without the core leadership of the President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer, legally, we are left with no other option than to close our doors. In order to address the needs of our community and keep AWA running, I am pleading for your action to become more involved and participate however you can. Please send nominations by 4/29.

Sunshine B.
It’s membership renewal time! Get your early bird special now! Remember to bring cash into our AWA office to renew your membership! Bank transfers are also available upon request. After June 1, membership fees resume to Rp. 900k for regular membership and Rp. 600k for US Embassy members. This photo was taken at JIS, where Sunshine Biskaps, Ciara Wink and Erin Hosley serves as Ambassadors to our organization and promotes membership! Please help us spread the word about the manifold benefits of becoming an AWA member!
Ingrid and the orphans at Yayasan Anak Sayang warmly welcomed our Social Welfare Chairs Sherri Anderson and Kirsten Clayton and our President Sunshine Biskaps to their home. Pak Andri from Rejuve also joined us and delivered all these yummy fresh juices. The kids were very excited about their healthy juices! From your cash donations, AWA also provided funds for several months worth of diapers.
Congrats to the nine participants of our SOS Child and Infant CPR and first aid course for getting their CPR certifications today! We are grateful to SOS for providing this class as part of our sponsorship agreement. We also need to give credit to the preceding board (especially to Margie O and Veasna C) for securing this great sponsorship to benefit AWA for this 2017-2018 term. In addition, we couldn’t do any of this without our assiduous Treasurer Dawn Taylor for stepping up and organizing this class for us. For today’s event, we were able to raise about Rp 8.500.000 to go towards AWA and our charities!  Hooray!
AWA takes pride in making newcomers and “old-timers” here in Jakarta feel at home with us! We are honored to have best-selling author Stephanie Suga Chen discuss her novel “Travails of a Trailing Spouse” today. Gene from Colliers spoke about concerns of the accompanying spouse and Dr. Ares from SOS spoke about adult immunizations. All presentations were very interesting and informative! If you missed your chance to purchase Chen’s book, she will also be at the BWA House on Tuesday, April 24.
Having a party? Upper Crust caters! Ibu Uni and team have been a super delight to work with through the years and continues to donate toothsome goodies to our Newcomers Coffee mornings. Our next newcomers is combined with a Meet-the-Author event on Monday April 23 9:30-12. Colliers, SOS, and best-selling author of “Travails of a Traveling Spouse” Stephanie Suga Chen will be there! Register with Sunshine Biskaps to join.
Our AWA team pulled off another successful Spring Bazaar! Thanks to all the shoppers and vendors, we had fun AND raised money for our carefully-selected charities! Here at the membership table, our VP Thalia Lê and President Sunshine Biskaps were visited by the director of Yayasan Pa Van Der Steur Ibu Nel. She was very impressed by the magnanimous efforts that our social welfare committee had gone through to make the activities and projects at our charities possible! We are grateful for the bake sale and fundraisers created by Sherri Anderson, Kirsten Clayton, and Katie Hagar to benefit our local community! (Professional photos to come.)
Club Sehat ( is one of the most highly-recommended places to purchase tasty nuts and healthy foods in Jakarta. We appreciate Lina and her team for continuing to support AWA through the years. Here are their generous donations to our Spring Bazaar raffle prizes! Congrats to Dai Keller and Clare Hirst for being the lucky prize recipients!
Tell your staff! Our AWA Staff Sales are always the best places for our helpers and drivers to find big bargains! We are also looking for volunteers on May 8th. For address and directions or to donate to our thrift store, please message Mina.
Learn to salsa dance at our AWA center on Saturdays at 11am! Send a message to Alejandra Yick if you’re interested.
AWA Members Sunshine Biskaps, Thalia Lê and Monica Smith enjoyed a delicious lunch at Kalture in the Executive Paradise Complex. This restaurant is a hidden gem! If you have not been yet, it’s a must! AWA is fortunate to receive such a warm welcome from owner and chef Geetika Sainani. A collaboration with Kalture is in the works, so stay tuned!
AWA at Batik Hajadi doing our oen batik stamping!