Welcome to the website of the Spouses of Heads of Mission (SHOM) in Warsaw!
For almost 18 years we, the wives, husbands and partners of diplomats posted in Poland have organized ourselves to play an active role in the life of this vibrant European capital and this beautiful country has become our home for a while. Originally starting with Coffee Mornings, we have developed into a formally registered association.
As a social club we welcome our new members, help them to settle in and find new friends in a new environment. We organize social activities to introduce our members to the culture and history of their host countries as well as we are keen to learn more about each other by exploring our cultural and culinary diversities.
Our other main mission is to organize the International Charity Bazaar, which is annually held in the Marriott Hotel and has developed into an institution in pre-Christmas Warsaw. With this major fundraising event, we collect money to support different projects for people in need of all ages. For us this is a way to show our gratitude to our host country and to intensify the connection to the Polish society.
During the 9th International Charity Bazaar in 2016, thanks to the honorary patronage of the First Lady of Poland Mrs. Agata Kornhauser-Duda, dedication of the embassies as well as generosity of our donors and sponsors we were able to raise over 500 000 PLN and help 19 charities fulfill their projects and goals.
This year we will be also organizing the 10th International Charity Bazaar. We will do our best to turn it into a great success once again because we truly believe that together we can make a better world for those in need.
With kindest regards,
Kaori Matsutomi (Japan)
President of SHOM
Letter from the president of SHOM (Spouses of Heads of Mission)
April 2016 – March 2017 :
Dear SHOM Members,
In summer 2016 it will be a year since I packed my suitcases and family and moved again, this time not so far from my home. I am pretty sure you will agree with me that to be a spouse/partner of ambassador is not always easy. Despite of all homesicks, leaving family, friends and careers behind, a long-term stay abroad brings us great benefits. We can capture something that is between the sky and earth and that is called the „spirit of the nation“. On the other hand this might be our mission here: to bring the spirit of our home country to Poland.
SHOM, as an association, has another added value. I would lilke to thank you you for your amazing cooperation and participation in SHOM main fundraising event of the year, The 9th International Charity Bazaar. Our big day was on 27 November 2016 in Marriott Hotel, Warsaw. I am very proud of all of us and I hope you feel the same. Thanks to the great support – the patronage, the opening of the Bazaar, support in media and a presence of The First Lady Mrs. Agata Kornhauser-Duda, generosity of 57 embassies, SHOM and embassies´ sponsors, donors and vendors, the great support of volunteers, charities representatives and more than 4000 visitors, we were able to raise amazing
524 300,00 PLN
and show to Polish and international community not only solidarity and a extraordinary team cooperation, but moreover that we seriously care about needy people. We will be able to help in the near future 19 charities, supported by SHOM – children, seniors, sick, homeless and lost people, and families in difficult circumstances. I am very happy that thanks to all of us the International Charity Bazaar 2016 was the traditional success it is known for.
Dear friends, allow me to go back to the beginning of this message. We have been invited, by our host country, to know it, its geographical and cultural diversity, its people and their way of life, to know Warsaw, this amazing and dynamic city full of life and I hope we can do it also together.
Wishing you you enjoyable time in Poland.
President of SHOM.
We cordially invite you to explore our website and find out more about our organization. Please click here to learn more.
To make a donation for the benefit of the multiple charities we support throughout Poland, please click here.