Education  Iraq Project #54627

100 Hope Bus Scholarships for Iraqi girls and boys

by Iraqi Children Foundation, Inc.
100 Hope Bus Scholarships for Iraqi girls and boys
100 Hope Bus Scholarships for Iraqi girls and boys
100 Hope Bus Scholarships for Iraqi girls and boys
100 Hope Bus Scholarships for Iraqi girls and boys
100 Hope Bus Scholarships for Iraqi girls and boys
100 Hope Bus Scholarships for Iraqi girls and boys
100 Hope Bus Scholarships for Iraqi girls and boys
100 Hope Bus Scholarships for Iraqi girls and boys
100 Hope Bus Scholarships for Iraqi girls and boys
100 Hope Bus Scholarships for Iraqi girls and boys
100 Hope Bus Scholarships for Iraqi girls and boys
100 Hope Bus Scholarships for Iraqi girls and boys
100 Hope Bus Scholarships for Iraqi girls and boys
100 Hope Bus Scholarships for Iraqi girls and boys
100 Hope Bus Scholarships for Iraqi girls and boys
100 Hope Bus Scholarships for Iraqi girls and boys
100 Hope Bus Scholarships for Iraqi girls and boys
100 Hope Bus Scholarships for Iraqi girls and boys
100 Hope Bus Scholarships for Iraqi girls and boys
100 Hope Bus Scholarships for Iraqi girls and boys
100 Hope Bus Scholarships for Iraqi girls and boys
100 Hope Bus Scholarships for Iraqi girls and boys
Fun and learning at the Hope Buses
Fun and learning at the Hope Buses

Hey team, we did it!  Our dream of a third "HOPE BUS" for Iraqi orphans and street kids has finally come true!  A bus has been donated and donors like you have provided funds to transform it into a colorful, child-friendly place of learning and belonging.  This means a 50% increase in capacity of the fleet of life-changing Hope Buses to deliver love and hope to children like little Zena:* 

Zena* (8) had special challenges.  She was slow, had poor hygiene, and sometimes difficult behavior.  Her parents treated her as inferior to her siblings, neglected her care, and beat her.  To little Zena's rescue came an aunt who lived alone and took the girl into her home.  She cared for Zena and, when the opportunity came, signed her up to attend classes at the Hope Bus!  Today, Zena gets love and care at the Hope Bus, fun with the children, and private lessons to help with her behavior and hygiene.  Into Zena's dark and violent world, came the beautiful warmth of an aunt's love and the promise of a brighter future as a student on the Hope Bus!

Watch this new video, "Voices from the Hope Bus" and listen to boys and girls like Zena who have already had a chance at the protection, nurture and empowerment the Hope Buses deliver. 

Then, please help us recruit family and friends to build up our Hope Bus Scholarship fund Every new monthly gift - from $10 a month to $200 a month - earns an extra free month of support for the Hope Bus kids! 

On behalf of the 570 children whose lives have been touched by the Hope Buses, we say "shukran" - thank you - from the bottom of our hearts.

Gratefully,
Cindy

*Name and picture changed to protect child's privacy.

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Cindy Fogleman
Staff Advisor
Iraqi Children Foundation - CFC #95191
www.iraqichildren.org
PO Box 233, Falls Church, VA 22040-0233
Mobile: +703.963.3832
cindy@iraqichildren.org
8 kids watch Hope Bus fun from behind a fence
8 kids watch Hope Bus fun from behind a fence
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ICF representatives visit Hope Bus children
ICF representatives visit Hope Bus children

The "Hope Buses" in Baghdad that you have so generously supported are in full operation, providing tutoring, nutritional meals, social services, and play for more than 100 boys and girls!   Did you know that over the past several years, more than 560 children have benefitted from this investment in their young lives? 

What is special about this project is that it is more than a one-time "hand-out" of a pair of shoes, a jacket, or a basket of food.  While those are important gifts at special times, we are committed to a significant, ongoing "hand-up" investment in each at-risk child to help them get a chance at an education and a better future. 

But, interestingly, you know what the most intangible impact is?  Listen to the words of our Iraqi project manager:

“Did you know that most Hope Bus children when they first come to us have negative thoughts about themselves like they are stupid, unable to learn. They do not have dreams about the future and feel inferior and that they are not like other children in schools. But when they carry school bags, books and pens, and when they start learning to write the first letter, the change begins.

“The change is the most important goal that ICF is giving to the children. I always tell you that ICF offers a dream to these children, and when a person has a dream, he will be very powerful and will change. Change is the result that will remain with the child throughout his life.”

Wow.  Isn't that powerful? What a priceless gift you are giving to the children of the Hope Buses.

Best,
Cindy

PS  Did you know that more than 80 children are unable to attend the Hope Buses because of limited capacity?  We are working hard to fund a "Hope Bus 3" to meet that need.  Your gifts can make that happen!

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

You can see the smiles!
You can see the smiles!
Board Members join kids at Hope Bus 2
Board Members join kids at Hope Bus 2
Happy kids at Hope Bus 1
Happy kids at Hope Bus 1
Because of you:  two boys get Hope Bus help
Because of you: two boys get Hope Bus help
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Iraqi Children Foundation 2021 Annual Report
Iraqi Children Foundation 2021 Annual Report

With 2021 in our rear view mirror, we are so grateful to report on the amazing care delivered to Iraqi orphans, street kids, and child laborers at the Hope Buses! 

Check out page 8 in our just-released annual report.  The near-magical Hope Buses provided tutoring, nutritious meals, psychosocial services, and fun to 105 orphans and former street kids living in some of Baghdad's poorest neighborhoods.   A new class of more than 100 just started attending the two Hope Buses in November.  Classes include not just academics but also hygiene. They are getting help from our lawyers to obtain needed legal documents. And there is time for fun and gifts.  These are the kids your gifts are supporting this year. 

See how you make a difference?  What if we had no funds to pay the modest salaries of teachers and social workers to educate and care for these children?  What if there were no donors to buy nutritious food for their meals on the Hope Buses?  And what if there were no funds for science experiments, notebooks and pencils, arts and crafts, or outdoor play and fun?  Who would visit their homes or give them hygiene supplies?  Thanks to you, we don't have to hang a "Closed Until Further Notice" sign on the bus doors! 

Know someone who might like to join the fun and support these Hope Bus children at the margins of society?  Just share this good news.  Bring on 2022!

Best,
Cindy

PS  Download a copy of the full annual report here   And if friends or family need a small incentive to sign up, just remind them that new monthly donors get a full 1-month match up to $200.  Nice!

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

Celebrating New Year's with a party!
Celebrating New Year's with a party!
Lawyers help new Hope Bus kids get legal documents
Lawyers help new Hope Bus kids get legal documents
Gifts of winter coats & shoes from Khudairi Group
Gifts of winter coats & shoes from Khudairi Group
Learning about dental hygiene at Hope Bus 2
Learning about dental hygiene at Hope Bus 2

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Falls Church, VA United States
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