Barzani Char­ity Foun­da­tion Sup­plies Stu­dents with School Ne­ces­si­ties

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - H.G.Has­san

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.

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