Sep 23, 2020

Iraqi Children: You are the wind at their back

Gathering at Hope Bus 2 for food, hygiene supplies
Gathering at Hope Bus 2 for food, hygiene supplies

Dear Friends:

You are the wind at their backs.  Listen to their stories:

  • Zeena* (15), is the daughter of a widowed mother with 5 children.  The mother fell ill with COVID while working as a nurse at a local hospital.  After she was hospitalized, the children were quarantined under Zeena's care because no relatives were available. Government medical staff visited the home but it was your generous support that provided food and other supplies for these vulnerable children.  Thankfully, the mother recovered and returned home, and all five children escaped infection.
  • Noor* (8) is a student on Hope Bus 1.  When COVID struck, her father lost his job.  Stuck at home, he beat his children and their mother, and refused to allow Hope Bus teams to visit.  Although one of the Street Lawyers went with local police to the home, the mother refused to take action against the father.  Police left the home with a strong warning to the father.
  • Many parents of Hope Bus children lost their jobs when COVID hit.  To support their families, 15 Hope Bus children were sent to the streets to beg.  After receiving large packages of food and hygiene supplies you funded, all 15 children stopped begging, stayed home, and enjoyed school lessons from visiting Hope Bus teams.

You made the difference for all of these children.  Along with other donors, you have funded more than 1,200 large packages of food and hygiene supplies for children and families in Baghdad, Basra, Mosul and Erbil. 

Even as COVID touched our partner's families, they continued to work hard to care for at risk children. For these staff, you are the wind at their backs too.  

Want to do more?  Sign up for our first virtual event: "Road to Baghdad"!  Join us in travelling the 6,202 miles from Washington, DC to Baghdad, Iraq.  You can run, walk, swim, roll in a wheelchair, or whatever.  Just be with us.  And if you can do more, donate - even $10 helps - or start your own Road to Baghdad fundraiser

For all you do, the ICF team thanks you from the bottom of our hearts!

Cindy Fogleman| Board Member
Iraqi Children Foundation - CFC#95191
Mobile: +703.963.3832

PO Box 233  Falls Church  VA  22040-0233

* Name changed for privacy

Toys to cheer their hearts during COVID
Toys to cheer their hearts during COVID
Learning how to wash hands at outdoor basin
Learning how to wash hands at outdoor basin
Join the "Road to Baghdad"
Join the "Road to Baghdad"
May 27, 2020

COVID-19: YOU are lifting up Iraq's orphans, street kids, and child laborers!

Learning about masks
Learning about masks

Dear Friends:

COVID-19 is just the latest of so many hardships for Iraq's most vulnerable orphans, street kids, and child laborers.  But YOU are there for them, providing support in the face of a new challenge.  Just check out what your gifts are doing for these precious children and their poor families! 

Hope Bus staff have visited students while schools and the Hope Buses are closed. They are following up on school work at home and teaching children good hygiene.  Volunteers from one of our corporate supporters, Khudairi Group, have donated food for the kids and families of the Hope Buses.  They have also volunteered to deliver food and hygiene supplies to vulnerable children and families in other communities.

We hope these pictures will bring a smile to your face and warm your heart, knowing that even from afar, you can reach out and lift these children up with love and support!

Thanks for being a part of the ICF Team!

Cindy

Learning how to properly wash hands
Learning how to properly wash hands
Hope Bus staff doing home visit with school work
Hope Bus staff doing home visit with school work
Gifts of food, hygiene supplies to kids in Basrah
Gifts of food, hygiene supplies to kids in Basrah
Life is extra tough if you are a disabled child
Life is extra tough if you are a disabled child
Mar 6, 2020

On March 8th, take a bow...all of you!

Science experiment on density using an egg
Science experiment on density using an egg

Dear Friends of Iraqi Children:

March 8th is a great day to celebrate the girls and women in Iraq!  On International Women's Day, we think of the vulnerable Iraqi girls you support with legal protection, tutoring, health care, nutrition, and help in stopping work or avoiding early marriage.  Just as important, they are getting inspiration, confidence, and hope for the future!   What else can fuel a little girl's audacious dream to be an astronaut or the first woman president of Iraq?  But yes, that is what they told us. 

We also think of the Iraqi women ICF has worked with.  We think of our friend Hala, a Fulbright scholar and public health expert with whom we worked on a clinic for babies, children and families who fled ISIS.  We think of three amazing women lawyers - Aliya, Eman, and Fatima - on the Street Lawyer team that protects and defends young girls from trafficking and exploitation.  We think of the teachers at the Hope Buses - like Sarah and Rania - who have poured their hearts into teaching poor orphaned and working girls to dramatically change the trajectory of their lives.

Don't be surprised, but on this day for women and girls, we also think of men.  Yes, men here in the US who provide significant leadership and resources to protect and educate young Iraqi girls.  And men in Iraq - like Firas, Ahmed, and Yasir - who are on the team of lawyers and social workers defending and supporting girls at the margins of society.  These men challenge the cultural, legal, and social barriers young Iraqi girls face and we are proud of them for it.  

Last, take a bow yourself!  All of you - the men and women who support Iraqi orphans and street kids - are making some pretty dramatic changes for the girls who are at the bottom of the ladder of Iraqi society.  We are proud of you too!

Gratefully,
Cindy

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Cindy Fogleman
Board Member
Iraqi Children Foundation
ICF Facebook page
CFC #95191
701 W Broad St., Suite 301
Falls Church, VA 22046
cindy@iraqichildren.org 
703.963.3832 mobile
A little brain damaged girl gets health care
A little brain damaged girl gets health care
Class time on Hope Bus 2
Class time on Hope Bus 2
From places like this, come big dreams
From places like this, come big dreams
Time to have some fun
Time to have some fun
 
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