Dec 31, 2020

For Iraqi Kids: You were a candle in the dark of 2020

Fun activities at the Hope Bus
Fun activities at the Hope Bus

One candle doesn't make a huge difference but a thousand candles can light up the darkest world of forgotten Iraqi children. 

In 2020, you brought light to orphans, street kids, child laborers, displaced children, and the disabled.  Across ICF projects, more than 1,200 packages of food and hygiene supplies provided critical support during COVID-19 as parents lost jobs, and schools and Hope Buses closed.  In 2020, the Street Lawyers, social workers, and Hope Buses also cared for hundreds of children* like these:

  • Nadia (15) was forced by her father into early marriage to a 37 year-old man.  After 6 months, Nadia was found wandering the streets and eating from the garbage.  She was sent to a homeless shelter, social workers were called in, and she began to get psychiatric help.  The social workers learned that her husband had severely abused her and when even her family refused her help, she left with nowhere to go. The Street Lawyers filed for her divorce and filed charges against the husband for beating and torture.  Although her divorce was granted, the court dropped the abuse charges for lack of evidence.
     
  • Mohammed (9) is one of a few Hope Bus students who still have to work, collecting cans at the dump. He got an infectious skin disease from work so Hope Bus staff took him to a doctor and got him medication so he could return to class healthy.

  • Noor (7), a Hope Bus student, started missing classes. Soon, staff learned that her mother, who lost her job, was taking Noor to the streets to beg.  The staff then contacted a woman who runs a beauty salon who agreed to hire Noor's mom.  There was just one condition:  she wouldn't send Noor to work anymore.  Now Noor has returned to classes at the Hope Bus.
     
  • Five children were left without support when a widowed nurse got infected with COVID-19 and was hospitalized.  The 15-year old daughter took over care of her siblings but needed food and other items so social workers brought them supplies while they quarantined.  After the quarantine expired, all children tested negative and the mother recovered and returned home.

For each of these children, the lawyers, social workers, and teachers who care for them are - like you - candles in the dark.  We are so grateful for their courageous service and for your support.  Join us in making 2021 an even brighter year for Iraq's children!

Gratefully,
Cindy

P.S.  Until the clock strikes midnight tonight, there is time to make a final gift to invest in Iraq's children.  And for those who are not yet monthly donors, what a great way to start the New Year!

--
Cindy Fogleman
Board Member
Iraqi Children Foundation
www.iraqichildren.org
703.963.3832
cindy@iraqichildren.org

*Names changed for privacy and protection.
Hope Bus kids draw about their life story
Hope Bus kids draw about their life story
Street kids get food/hygiene support during COVID
Street kids get food/hygiene support during COVID
Doing school work at home when Hope Buses closed
Doing school work at home when Hope Buses closed
Nov 25, 2020

Iraqi Kids Run and Yasir Bikes: The Soundtrack of Love

Dear R2B Team Member:

What a smashing success!  You exceeded all our expectations! 

Remember how we hoped to enlist as many participants as possible to do a 6,021 mile virtual race from Washington DC to Baghdad during October? Well, we blew that goal out of the water.  Combined, all participants achieved 17,062 miles:  all the way to Baghdad, back to Washington, DC, and halfway back to Baghdad! 

Check out Yasir's "Road to Baghdad" biking video set to the great sounds of the big screen!

Watch the kids at the Hope Bus celebrate our "arrival" in Baghdad!

And just as important, your donations to the orphans and vulnerable children in Iraq appear on course to reach nearly $19,000 including the $5,690 raised on the "Road to Baghdad" fundraising page!

Thank you for standing with the children of Iraq.  They have faced such heartbreaking hardships through years of war, displacement from their homes, child labor, sex trafficking, and now COVID.  With your support, ICF is tackling those challenges by providing:

  • education and nutritious meals for poor orphans and street children at two Hope Buses
  • legal help to protect kids from recruitment and exploitation by criminals, drug gangs, and sex traffickers
  • food and hygiene supplies for families during COVID, totalling 1,249 packages
  • opening doors to school and government support for poor children who are invisible without required legal IDs

For your audacious support for these children, we say thank you from the bottom of our hearts!   

Gratefully,

Liz McRae
Executive Director
Iraqi Children Foundation
PO Box 233
Falls Church, VA 22040-0233
liz@iraqichildren.org

PS  If you would like to help us finish our "Road to Baghdad" challenge, the BEST day to donate is  DECEMBER 1, GIVING TUESDAY, when Iraqi children get a share of a $1 million pot!  The more donations we raise - from $10 to $2,500 - the more Iraqi kids get!

Hope Bus kids celebrate the Road to Baghdad!
Hope Bus kids celebrate the Road to Baghdad!
Oct 26, 2020

You & Iraqi Children against COVID

3 girls get dolls as a special treat during COVID
3 girls get dolls as a special treat during COVID

Dear Friend of Iraqi Children:

What you have made possible during the COVID pandemic in Iraq is heartwarming! 

Without warning, vulnerable Iraqi orphans, street kids, and poor children came face to face with a new threat to their health, education, and welfare.  Before, it was war and displacement.  Now, it was a dangerous disease that prompted schools to close and numerous city curfews. The impact of COVID caused job losses in already poor families and an increase in the risk of abuse and violence against children and their mothers. But, with your help, this is what we have accomplished together as a team:

  • Distribution of 1,249 packages of food and critical hygiene packages for children of the Hope Buses, street children in Baghdad, and poor children and families in Mosul, Basra, and Erbil.  The supplies were designed to help support a family of five for a week.  No luxuries, of course, but the basics.  In some cases, children were able to stop begging because of these gifts.

  • Income support for poor women and mothers with children who made pink and blue masks.  Masks were distributed to students and the community, as well as hand sanitizer.

  • Toys were distributed to poor boys and girls who were unable to attend classes on the Hope Buses.  It was an extra treat to lift their spirits during a tough time for them and their families.

Want to do more?  Mark your calendar to join us December 1 - "Giving Tuesday" - when ICF will compete with other GlobalGiving nonprofits for a share of $1 million!  The more donations Iraqi children get, the larger the slice of the $1 million pie.  Email cindy@iraqichildren.org if you want a friendly calendar reminder!

Gratefully,

Cindy Fogleman
Board Member
Iraqi Children Foundation
PO Box 233
Falls Church, VA 22040-0233
(703) 963-3832
www.iraqichildren.org

 

A Hope Bus student in a wheelchair gets packages
A Hope Bus student in a wheelchair gets packages
Distributing masks made by low-income women & moms
Distributing masks made by low-income women & moms
Kids at Hope Bus 2 get food, hygiene packages
Kids at Hope Bus 2 get food, hygiene packages
Street kid gets food, hygiene packages
Street kid gets food, hygiene packages
Preparing hand sanitizer
Preparing hand sanitizer
Making beautiful masks for COVID protection
Making beautiful masks for COVID protection
 
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