Mar 26, 2020

Report March 2020_Back to school_Iraq

Great results, new challenges

 Thanks to COOPI, in 2019, 3949 children were able to back to school and complete their academic year. Our project to set up temporary classrooms in the villages around Mosul has been successful with a total of 12 new classrooms built and appointed, 53 teachers trained, 23 toilets and 5 water tanks installed. We also have provided sports materials

In the Qayyarah Subdistrict, close to the famous city of Mosul, education was heavily affected during the conflict and the ISIS domination. Learning facilities had a huge share of destruction, and most of the students got displaced because of the hostilities. Text books were burnt by ISIS militants. COOPI, working in collaboration with a local NGO and the local Cluster of the Ministry of Education, provided prefab cabins (containers) transformed into classrooms, textbooks and training for teachers and educators, and schools restarted. All students, both males and females, have now a place to study and prepare themselves for life. Some photos was realized in our schools, have a look here below and enjoy what, thanks to your contribution, it was possible to achieve!


A new challenge

Now we have a new challenge and we wish you to be on our side again. We want to set up 5 new schools with 28 toilets, train 156 new teachers and headmasters, distribuite didactic material to 1000 children and offer psychological support and sport activities to 4000 children in 8 schools in the Qayyara sub-district. More than 5000 children will benefit by this project. We really hope you will join our efforts to provide a proper and safe education to these little “warriors” in their struggle for education.

Furthemore, due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak in Iraq, we are implementing new sensitization activities among local communities and our children in order to stop the coronavirus transmission.

Jan 21, 2020

Aiming at social integration of shunned girls

Thanks to the hard work of social workers in the Ek'Abana center and the support from its donors, 22 children were reunited with their families or put into foster care throughout 2019!

It's a remarkable accomplishment since the children we are talking about are girls, some as little as six years old, who were accused of witchcraft and forced out of their homes.

Sadly, in rural Bukavu, when something bad happens in a family, from financial loss to the death of a family member, it's common to put the blame on a little girl - from that moment on shunned as "an evil witch".

The purpose of the center is to offer shelter, psychological support and vocational training to these girls. While there, they are educated in different family activities and they receive training to develop their natural talents, with the ultimate goal of allowing these girls to return to their families and communities.

At the same time, in fact, the social workers of Ek'Abana educate the community to understand the reality behind the superstition of "witches" and sensitize people of goodwill to welcome children in need into their family, to help them grow while waiting for their family to recover.

This activity is called SEDI, which means “Secours à l’Enfant en difficulté” (Help for the Child in Need), and for 2020 our aim is to reunite just as many children with their families and provide them with a social reintegration kit according to their needs (bed, blanket, school taxes, clothes...) to facilitate integration.

Thank you for your past support in favor of the girls of Bukavu! Please keep donating to help more abandoned children!

Dec 11, 2019

Promoting Girls' Education

Schoolgirls during recess
Schoolgirls during recess

Earlier this year, Shaima, a bright 12-years-old girl, started to attend sixth-grade classes at the COOPI school in Sirit. 

She recalls with joy the day she knew she was going back to school: "When I saw the crane transporting the classrooms of the new school I was so happy, we would finally have a school nearby!".

For two years, Shaima couldn't go to school. At first, she had to flee Mosul with her parents and brothers and relocate to Sirit. Once there, she should have attended the school in Lazzagah, "but my parents didn't have the money for the bus pass, and going on foot was too dangerous, and the road was very long."

Last year, though, everything changed for Shaima and other school-age girls like her: thanks to our donors, we could bring a container school in Sirit, train an additional ten teachers and set up classes to give both boys and girls living nearby an education.

Education is the key to empowerment: only by going to school can children become conscious grown-ups and have a real chance to improve their living conditions. This is especially true for girls like Shaima: without an education, the risk they face to marry very young or being enslaved is much higher.

"I really like my school: it's new, and the other little girls and I were able to draw and paint on the walls of the classrooms." Shaima is very artistic: "I like drawing and coloring, I hope that in the future my family will allow me to attend a technical institute or a college to learn how to draw better and find a job."

If Shaima can study and foster her talent in a safe place is also because of your support. Thank you for donating in the past, and please keep promoting children's rights to study and dream of a better future!

After school activities
After school activities
A painted wall
A painted wall
Students' drawings
Students' drawings
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