Children’s Center - Teaching Kinder and Gentler Parenting to Create Better Generations
Dear supporters of the Free Yezidi Foundation,
As you all know, we have been working with the Yezidi community since ISIS started a genocidal campaign in August 2014. Through the years we have seen many things that need to be discussed in our own community. Things that in many cases are shoved under the rugs and not talked about. We want to address those things with our community members, make the older generation and the younger generation more aware of how things in society should be handled. One of these subjects is parenting and the treatment of children in general. In the Middle East, there are not adequate protections for children regarding their treatment by family members. Aside from this, we have to keep in mind that displacement children are even more vulnerable to violence, exploitation, and sexual abuse. We are aware of this, and at FYF we try reform outdated cultural practices and dispel myths that parents should use violence against their children to discipline them. We try to educate parents how to be kinder and loving parents, and to discipline their children in a way where they are encouraging good behavior instead of using violence. Not only does this provide immediate benefits for children living in the camp, but it also creates healthier families for the future. This sets a new example for children and future generations to lead lives free of violence. All the FYF Children center staff are trained in basic psychological first aid for children and can identify children who are in great need in our community. Our centers are a safe space where children’s voices are heard and we make sure that they feel comfortable and understand that they need to be treated well.
Aside from educating parents, one of FYF’s top priorities to educate children. Recently we had over one hundred Yezidi children graduate from the Children’s Center. These children have been diligently attending classes there for three months. The FYF children’s center fosters a safe and nurturing environment where children can be children again, despite their challenging circumstances in camp. We prepare children for life after the camp when they return back to their homes. In the future, we will continue our focus on education and the treatment of trauma. In addition, thanks to our children’s center, we were able to ensure that mothers participating in our women’s center program had access to daycare. Providing a safe space for children allows mothers to participate in educational courses and therefore expand their horizons. Those mothers would not be able to participate if there was not a safe place to leave their children while they are in the women’s center.
FYF is guided by the goal of creating long-term change, one person at a time. Together we go Towards a Brighter Future!!
- Pari Ibrahim
Free Yezidi Foundation