Yezidi Children's Safe Space

by Free Yezidi Foundation
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Artwork by FYF women's center participant
Artwork by FYF women's center participant

Dear friends,

Over the last month, a great deail of turmoil has engulfed Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. The Free Yezidi Foundation operation, based in Duhok in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, continues to function. However, we have been forced to evacuate our expatriate staff members, namely our British psychologists, and a flight ban in and out of Kurdistan has negatively affected our activities.

We are grateful to our local staff members who have been doing great work in supporting our women, girls, and children. Our projects are still being delivered, and our education, livelihoods, and trauma-reducing activities continue to be implemented.

Please find here the artwork of one talented FYF women's center participant. The peacock is a holy symbol for the Yezidi people.

The Free Yezidi Foundation is hopeful that Baghdad and Erbil are able to settle political and security disputes peacefully, ensure the end of all conflicts, and return the situation to normalcy. The humanitarian community, including the Free Yezidi Foundation, seeks stability and calm to ensure the success of its projects.

I would also like to thank all of you who are supporting our Foundation, through donations big and small. You are making a difference on the ground, each and every day. By the end of November, we will mark two full years since our centers began operating.

 

Sincerely,

 

Pari Ibrahim

Executive Director

Free Yezidi Foundation

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FYF Remembers 3 August with events in Berlin and Washington DC

FYF hosted a vigil in Washington, DC, last year. Please join us again this year
to show support for Yezidi survivors and pay respect to those we have lost.

Dear Friends,

On 3 August 2014, ISIS terrorists overran the town of Sinjar (Shingal), carrying out a pre-meditated plan of mass murder, violence, kidnapping, rape, and other crimes against the Yezidi civilians because of their religion. The attacks have been widely described as genocide, including by the US State Department.
 
To mark the third anniversary of the genocide perpetrated against the Yezidis, the Free Yezidi Foundation and the American Ezidi Center call upon concerned citizens to join the vigil in front of the White House and express support and solidarity with Yezidis.
 
Survivors of the Yezidi genocide face immense challenges in trying to rebuild their lives. Sadly, even upon the liberation of Mosul, thousands of Yezidis are still held captive by ISIS terrorists. Meanwhile, survivors seek to improve their lives, despite three years of displacement. Most Yezidis now live in IDP camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
 
The Free Yezidi Foundation and the American Ezidi Center would also like to express support for other minority communities affected by the ISIS terror attacks, including Iraqi Christians, who have also suffered enormously.

The Free Yezidi Foundation and American Ezidi Center invite everyone to stand in solidarity with Yezidis on 3 August

FYF has been invited to provide the keynote address for the opening session of the Jewish Activism Summer School (JASS) of the University of Potsdam. On 1 August, as the JASS celebrates the Jewish Tisha B'Av holiday at Oranienburgerstrasse Synagogue in Berlin, FYF will discuss the genocide perpetrated by ISIS against the Yezidi people. More information on the event can be found by clicking here.

During the day of 3 August, FYF will participate in a panel at the Hudson Institute in Washington to discuss the situation of Yezidis in Iraq and the vital importance of justice and accountability. Limited seating is available. Further details for this event can be found by clicking here.

This is a day to remember the suffering of the Yezidi people and to show the world that Yezidis are not alone. I would like to thank our Foundation's supporters and friends, and I hope many of you join us with a candle on August 3rd.

FYF women's center graduate receives her diploma on 26 July 2017.
Special thanks to Women for Women International for the continued support.

On a brighter note, women and children attending the FYF centers in Duhok have graduated this week. We would like to warmly thank FYF staff members for their hard work and applaud our recent graduates and wish them success in the future.

Congratulations graduates!

Sincerely,

Pari Ibrahim
Executive Director
Free Yezidi Foundation

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FYF shares updates in Washington and New York

FYF Women's Center prepared for May 2017 graduation!

 

Dear Friends,

The Free Yezidi Foundation spent several weeks in Washington and New York sharing details of current FYF projects, new efforts, and continuing advocacy and raising awareness. Along with the women's center and children's center projects, FYF is also launching a justice project to provide Yezidi survivors with the opportunity to seek justice and accountability for their crimes.

 
And in May, another children's center and women's center cohort graduated from their three month course. Congratulations to all graduates!

 


 

FYF presentation to the UN Trust Fund in New York

FYF visits McCain Institute in Washington

 

Meetings in Washington included visits to the State Department, FBI, and think tanks. In New York, FYF made a presentation to the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women. The Trust Fund, which is administered by UN Women, has given a grant to FYF to support the work of trauma experts in the FYF women's center.
 
FYF is grateful to all supporters for continuing to provide invaluable resources that keep the FYF projects running smoothly!

 
Please see some photos of the recent FYF efforts, and thank you for all that you do.
 
Sincerely,
 
Pari Ibrahim

 


 

FYF meets with State Department officials in Washington

FYF briefs Hudson Institute experts in Washington

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Pari Ibrahim with children's center graduate
Pari Ibrahim with children's center graduate

Dear Friends,

In February, Free Yezidi Foundation women's center and children's center participants graduated from their three-month course. FYF arranged a graduation ceremony to honor the achievements of the 74 women and 146 children. Each graduate received a certificate. In addition, each woman received a gift while children received a new pair of shoes.

To view a video of the graduation, please click here

FYF is proud of the achievements of our graduates, and we hope that the skills they have learned will help them in the future. Good luck graduates!




Free Yezidi Foundation participated in a contest to receive funding from Nokia

The Free Yezidi Foundation was among five nonprofits invited by Global Giving to participate in a Nokia video contest. We are very pleased to receive a donation from Nokia to help advance our work in the Khanke IDP camp. Thank you Nokia!


Thank you, everyone, for your generosity and support to the Free Yezidi Foundation!

Sincerely,

- Pari Ibrahim
Executive Director
Free Yezidi Foundation

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Displaced Yezidi children at the Free Yezidi Foundation's playground in the Khanke IDP camp in Iraq

Dear Friends,

Thanks to your generous support over the last year, we have continued to expand our direct services to Yezidi women and children while actively encouraging the international community to support Yezidi survivors.

Yezidi civilians, including the children above, were forced to flee their homes in Shingal (Sinjar) in 2014, leaving them homeless and desperate, settling in camps for internally displaced people (IDPs). Your support has contributed to our efforts to provide education, care, support, and training to women and children. This has helped to transform their lives, one at a time. Your generous assistance has made it possible to empower women and educate children in the Yezidi community.

Free Yezidi Foundation women's center - group art project


Some of our activities in 2016:

Our center in Khanke now includes six fully equipped prefabricated buildings, rather than only one last year. We look forward to welcoming a full-time psychologist in January, whose work will complement the English, computer, livelihood and business skills, and women's rights courses already being delivered to our women's center participants. FYF staff members - all Yezidi IDPs themselves - have been trained in psychological first aid so that they can better assist our beneficiaries.

Advocacy: FYF has been featured in a number of news articles and videos in the past year, including the feature documentary by the Dutch news show, Brandpunt. Along with a number of visits overseas to raise awareness of the plight of Yezidis, FYF brought two Yezidi survivors to United Nations Headquarters, while carefully ensuring that their needs were met and their stories were not exploited at any time.

In 2017, FYF plans to deliver far more services in the IDP camps. To ensure that the Free Yezidi Foundation can continue to serve its beneficiaries effectively, and is capable of meeting all the needs in the coming year, we urge you - friends, supporters, and donors - to consider making an end-of-year donation to the Free Yezidi Foundation.

I would like to thank you for your support to our Foundation and the Yezidi people over the past year. We look forward to a successful 2017 and a brighter and happier future for Yezidis worldwide.

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Free Yezidi Foundation

Location: Duhok, NA - Iraq
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Pari Ibrahim
Duhok, Kurdistan Region Iraq
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