Barzani Charity Foundation Supplies Students with School Necessities
One of the active foundations in Kurdistan that provides aid and support for refugees and people in need is Barzani Charity Foundation. In the recent years, the foundation has been providing aid to internally displaced people in Kurdistan, to those from Western Kurdistan, and the displaced Arabs who fled the sectarian war in the Sunni areas, in addition to the victims of natural disasters in Southern Iraq.
Barzani Charity Foundation, as the deputy executive, Musa Ahmad, told The Kurdish Globe, is planning to supply 40,000 students with bags and other school equipments. They had been doing the same thing in the previous years, especially helped financially-disabled students. The help included all four major cities of Hewler, Suleimaniyah, Kirkuk and Duhok.
Shireen Kitani, the advisor of the foundation who’s returned from Germany to serve in the humanitarian field said that they’re helping the refugees in many ways through the foundation. They’ve conducted many art and cultural training courses for children, youth and women. Sewing and carpeting factories have been opened in DaraShakran refugee camp in addition to several cultural centers such as (Celadet, Rewshen, Jiger xwen, Nuredin Zaza). Young boys and girls have been selected as staffs to these centers and they’re conducting various cultural activities. A health center has been opened in Basirma and a school in Kawirgosk.
Barzani Charity Foundation has been indiscriminately helping the refugees of sectarian violence and ISIS attacks. It is also helping Christians in Ainkawa, Shaqlawa and Diana district. It helps Arabs of Mosul, Al-Anbar, Fallujah and other areas of Iraq.
Mosa Ahmed, who shoulders a huge responsibility, said that Barzani Foundation in coordination with WFP provides two fresh meals on daily basis. And this is a new remarkable experiment to provide fresh and healthy meals to the refugees. “Even some international organizations want to try to do the same thing in other places,” Mosa Ahmed says.
Barzani Foundation does not only provide humanitarian aid to the refugees within the boundaries of Kurdistan Region, but as Mosa Ahmed says, they delivered 162 trucks of assistance to the people of Qamishlo last year. In 2012, they helped 750 families affected by flooding in the south of Iraq. The foundation did the same thing for people of Wan in Turkey by sending Caravans which were worth $250.000 after two earthquakes hit the city.
In Kurdistan, the humanitarian needs alongside the rapid increase in the number of refugees which have reached one million and a half seem to be difficult for an organization alone to cope with. But when you talk to members of the foundation, you feel satisfied and hopeful for the services it delivers. Some people are voluntarily working with the foundation in different sectors. Practically, you feel human rights are respected here and lives and human needs are well-taken care of. This foundation provides a special care to give children and women what they need.
Shireen Ktani talks about the diversity of the foundation’s projects. And Mosa Ahmed proudly mentions the diverse services they are providing. One of those who voluntarily work in the foundation is a foreign teacher Mahsa Moshfegh who, beside her work as an English teacher at university, is there to help the foundation.
Professionally, Barzani Charity Foundation is working to help out the refugees with various aids. The services are not provided on the basis of religion, nationality or sect. Needy people are helped everywhere in Kurdistan.