Receiving the National Energy Globe Award Iraq
Healing Garden Report
The Healing Garden is getting noticed
These past few months the Healing Garden in Chamchamal has won two awards.
- iF Social Impact Prize 2020:
“The Healing Garden impresses with its simplicity and effectiveness. The cultivation of the garden by locals, who earn their living with it, and at the same time the use of traditional loam construction and sewage techniques impressively confirm the sustainable approach of this wonderful project!”
iF Social Impact Prize Jury Statement
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- National Energy Globe Award 2020:
Winner Energy Globe Iraq -The Healing Garden: Preservation of Resources and Sustainable Planning in a Post-Conflict Setting.
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The Healing Garden during COVID-19
The Healing Garden has proven to be an excellent tool for therapy during the pandemic. The spacious outdoor meeting places throughout the Healing Garden allow beneficiaries to continue their engagement with therapeutic programs and maintain in-person contact (in accordance with social distancing regulations).
While we have limited the number of persons allowed in the garden at the same time, this has not been a burden on patients.
During this time our staff are continuing to improve the facilities and extend the garden. New pomegranate trees are expected to arrive and be planted by next Spring, along with a variety of vegetables greatly extending the usable garden space.
How your money is spent
Excluding staff salaries, the Healing Garden costs on average $3,500 each month to maintain.
- Therapist / Mental Health Specialist: $600 - $900 per month
- One 60-minute therapy session (individual or group) is about $12
- Animal feed and supplies: $1000
- Veterinary appointments and medication for animals: $450
- Garden maintenance and other staff: $1500
All donations collected during this campaign will be used for the aforementioned programs and items. Funds will be distributed as they are most urgently needed.