Sep 28, 2021

Global 5K for Iraqi Children: Are you in this video?

Gold Coast Team Australia!
Gold Coast Team Australia!

Wasn't that fun!  Hope those of you who were able to join our 2021 GLOBAL "IN THEIR SHOES" 5K had a great time!

People from more than 70 cities around the world joined in the global run/walk on September 18-19, including Washington DC, Baghdad, Sydney, Hong Kong, Zurich, London, Houston, Boston, Atlanta......   Following the sun, around the world, teams rose and run/walked "in their shoes" on behalf of the Iraqi kids we all love.

By the way, are YOU in this Global 5K video?    And here is a video of Iraqi children at our two "Hope Buses" in Baghdad getting in the spirit of the 5K.  It will make you smile!

All of you who have donated to our ambitious Street Lawyers, Doctors, and Hope Buses projects are part of our worldwide team of advocates for Iraq's most vulnerable children - the desperately poor orphans, the street kids, child laborers, girls at risk of early marriage and trafficking, and so many more.  Help us Protect.Nurture.Empower these precious kids.

We can do good and have lots of fun!  Agree?  Plan ahead to join us next year!

Best,
Cindy

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Cindy Fogleman, Staff Advisor
Iraqi Children Foundation
PO Box 233,Falls Church, VA 22040-0233
Mobile: +703.963.3832
cindy@iraqichildren.org

 

Hours later, in Dubai!
Hours later, in Dubai!
On to Washington, DC!
On to Washington, DC!
In VA, Gold Star family runs for their son Jesse
In VA, Gold Star family runs for their son Jesse
On to Houston with Team Khudairi Group!
On to Houston with Team Khudairi Group!
Austin, TX and more!
Austin, TX and more!
Sep 14, 2021

Iraq: Old Bus Gives Hope to Orphans & Street Kids

Sometimes pictures say it all!  This old, city bus got a brand new life as a coloful classroom with learning, lunch, fun games, arts and crafts and lots of emotional, social, and health care. If buses could smile, this one would!

This is how we bring hope to extremely vulnerable orphans, street kids, children who are abused or still work to support their families.  Even a girl in a wheelchair.  These are the lucky ones who get to thrive in this beautiful place of promise.  As one girl put it:  I learned from the Hope Bus that nothing is impossible!

With two Hope Buses that have already served approximately 500 children over recent years, we hope to launch Hope Bus #3 soon!   Want to help the extremely vulnerable kids we serve?  Here are two ways:

 - Join us Saturday, September 18, for a virtual "Global In Their Shoes 5K" for Iraqi children!  Sign up here and run/walk wherever you live!  

-  If you are not a monthly donor, sign up today to give as little as $10 - or as much as $200 - per month and get a free one-month match to help our beloved Iraqi orphans and vulnerable kids!

Please don't give up on these precious children.  We won't!  Thanks for your support and for being a part of our ICF family.

Best,
Cindy

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Cindy Fogleman
Staff Advisor
Iraqi Children Foundation - CFC#95191
PO Box 233
Falls Church, VA 22040-0233
Mobile: +703.963.3832
cindy@iraqichildren.org

Sometimes, they just need a hug
Sometimes, they just need a hug
Celebrating Iraqi Children's Day
Celebrating Iraqi Children's Day
Aug 9, 2021

From Iraq: Heartbreaking. Former Hope Bus girl forced to marry at 15

Girls at the Hope Bus in 2018 when Zahra* attended
Girls at the Hope Bus in 2018 when Zahra* attended

Zahra* (15) is a former Hope Bus student, who graduated in 2018 and had dreams for her future.  But, now she was facing a life-changing crisis: early marriage.  She came back to the Hope Bus to plead for help in preventing her father from forcing her to marry a 26-year old man. 

Hope Bus staff and social workers attempted to mediate with Zahra's father, but he categorically refused their appeals and expelled them from his home. Two weeks later, Hope Bus staff got word that she had indeed gotten married.   

We are heartbroken.  But renewed in our passion to prevent as many child marriages as possible.  Our hope is that her time on the Hope Bus gave her hope and resilience to handle what lies ahead.  And as the staff told us, "After we failed to prevent this marriage, we can only pray that (she) is well and can face her new life."

Like a mamma bear with little cubs, we are fiercely protective of the most at-risk Iraqi children, like girls in extreme poverty who are vulnerable to the economic pressures that lead to early marriage.  For the desperately poor orphans, street kids, child laborers, trafficking victims, disabled and ill, we want to be the helping hand they long for.

The Street Lawyers, social workers, and Hope Bus teachers are our super heroes and do a great job.  Your gifts are the wind at their backs when they face cases like Zahra's and when even their best efforts may not be enough.  Thank you for standing with us on their behalf! 

Gratefully.
Cindy

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Cindy Fogleman
Staff Advisor
Iraqi Children Foundation - CFC#95191
Mobile: +703.963.3832
cindy@iraqichildren.org

 
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