We’re one week away from Giving Tuesday and our organization has set a goal to raise $100,000 before the new year to create positive change for Yezidi women in Iraq. It’s true that it takes a village to ignite real change, so we’re excited to have you rally with us to create a lasting impact through giving.
The Free Yezidi Foundation’s mission is to implement programs to support vulnerable Yezidis who fled their homes following the ISIS genocide in August 2014.
Five years of hard work has brought FYF to where it is today! As an example: we have a Women’s Center in Khanke Camp that offers trauma treatment and jobs skills courses to women in an effort to help them rebuild their lives and start anew. As FYF grows we have seen the beauty and resilience of the women we work with, like Shaha.
Shaha sewing in the Women's Center
Born in Sinjar, Shaha fled along with her parents and eight siblings to Mount Sinjar to escape ISIS in 2014. Fleeing from the horror, Shaha and her family arrived with nothing in Khanke village after a week-long journey. Her family was assigned to a tent outside the official IDP camp, as it was already at capacity. Lacking in basic aid and assistance, Shaha struggled from economic challenges, isolation from the host community, and discrimination. As a result, Shaha never received education, health or social services, and struggled to reestablish herself and build a new life. After two years in destitute conditions, lost in thought about the suffering of her friends and family she had lost, Shaha joined the Free Yezidi Foundation to attend English and Arabic language courses as well as computer, sewing, knitting, and women’s rights classes in the Women’s Center. Eager to start something new, Shaha came to the center where she gained valuable skills and trauma treatment. For the next two years, Shaha was a fixture in the center. As she learned and healed, she felt confident enough to look for a job in Khanke village. As of January 2019, she has been employed in a local tailoring shop. Shaha is a success, inspiring the women around her to improve their own lives and economic opportunities.
Women's Center sewing room
FYF’s mission is to empower women and children in Khanke IDP camp, like Shaha, and teach them the skills necessary not only to survive but thrive, providing income for their families and working to overcome the trauma they have endured. FYF is a woman-led organization that is driven to empower Yezidi women through tailored educational course, psychological treatment and advocacy.
Shaded space at the FYF Women's Center
If you haven’t done so already, please visit our website, www.freeyezidi.org, and tell your friends and family about our campaign. Spreading the word gets our voices heard and amplifies your impact! If you would like to make a contribution, please go to our Global Giving Projects: https://www.globalgiving.org/donate/27995/free-yezidi-foundation/
I would like to thank you, our Foundation's friends and donors, and I hope we can count on your support for the coming year.
- Pari Ibrahim
Free Yezidi Foundation