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IF in cooperation with our partner, Women for Supporting Women Association, met with Ms. Majida Hijazi, director of a local employment agency. Following a briefing on the project objectives and achievements, Ms. Hijazi offered her services pro bono.

IF and partner NGOs held meetings between the selected widows and Dr. Sadoon Chithir in Baghdad, Basra and Maysan

IF, in collaboration with Women Association, was able to find two job opportunities for EIWT widows Jinan Othman and Eman Jubur to work as administrative  assistants  in Maysan Martyr Association and Family Welfare department in Maysan consecutively.

Special Honors and Awards: IF would like to congratulate our partner organization, Women for Supporting Women Association, for receiving recognition from the civil society committee of the Iraqi Council of Representatives (COR) for their hard work and dedication.

Vetting Procedures for Participants: Ibtisam Al Shamary, Director, Women for supporting Women Association (partner NGO) along with Ms. Wissal Ghazi and IF staff members initiated vetting processes for the widows in the Baghdad centers including distributing and analysis of surveys. Siham Al Uqaily, Director, Women Association (partner NGO) started the vetting processes for the widows in Maysan centers.

Meetings & Trainings: This month, IF staff in Baghdad and Basra held an EIWT team meeting at the Baghdad headquarers. Staff members met with partner NGOs in Baghdad and Maysan and Dr. Saadon Chithir, marketing, expert to put together a work plan for implementing the EIWT No cost activities.

IF’s partner organization, Women for Supporting Women Association, held a meeting to allow the marketing expert to meet with the widows in both Baghdad centers, Rusafa & Karkh. Dr. Chithir met with the widows to help them understand market conditions, design a marketing strategy specifically designed to fit their particular type of business, and provide other tools and information.

IF in cooperation with the partner organization, Women for Supporting Women Association, met with Mr. Naseer Naji Hamdan, Director General, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs as part of our efforts to locate loans, grants and job opportunities for participants.

IF in cooperation with our partner, Women for Supporting Women Association, met with Mr. Hisham Al Kenani, director of a local employment agency. Following a briefing on the project objectives and achievements, Mr. Al Kenani offered his services pro bono.

Selected Photos:

Special Honors & Awards

Women for Supporting Women Association receives an award from Civil Society Committee of the COR

Vetting Procedures

Surveys were distributed and analyzed as part of new vetting procedures instituted for participants in Baghdad

Siham Al Uqaily, Director of Women Association, started vetting procedures for participants in Maysan

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Meetings & Trainings

IF staff holds EIWT team meeting at headquarters in Baghdad

Marketing session for EIWT”s widows in Risafa center, Baghdad

Marketing session for EIWT”s widows in Karkh center, Baghdad

Women for Supporting Women Association meets with head of local employment agency

On September 29, 2012, the graduation ceremony was conducted in Al Alwya’a club. Among the attendees were Ms. Eman Al Barzenchi, Head, Women and Childhood committee, Baghdad Provincial Council, Ms. Azhar Al Samarrai, Former COR Member and members from the International Organization as well as civil society activists. This ceremony was well covered by satellite and local channels, which conducted interviews with NGO members, widows and officials. They all expressed their appreciation to IF for all the effort for the widows and encouraged IF to continue the great work. IF would like also to express our gratitude to the Zain Telecommunication Company for hosting the event and donating 75 professional sewing machines for the widows to start generating income for their households. In return, the widows presented symbolic gifts to the company to show their appreciation for the company.

On September 5, the graduation ceremony for EIWT widows from the third and fourth cycle was conducted in Haj Fadhil Casino.  Among the attendees were Ms. Natika Namir, Head, Women and Childhood committee, Basra Provincial Council, Ms. Zahra Al Bajari, Member, Women and Childhood committee, Basra Provincial Council, Mr. Ja’afar Mohammed, Head, Religious Affairs committee, Basra Provincial Council, and Mr. Muhsin Abdul Hay, Representative, Basra Governorate and members from the local government, international organizations as well as civil Society activists.  This ceremony was well covered by satellite and local channels which conducted interviews with the NGO members, widows and the officials. IF staff through generous donors was able to deliver over 160 professional sewing machine for the widows. All attendees expressed their gratefulness to IF for all the effort for the widows and encouraged IF to continue the great work.

Selected Photos:

Baghdad Graduation Ceremony

Basra Graduation Ceremony

On August 16, IF staff invited Mr. Kareem Al Alyan, Head, Justice and Advancement trend to discuss possible employment opportunities for the widows as well as possible host for the widows’ graduation ceremony.

On July 3, 2012, IF completed the extension for the Karkh center at Risala district council. 17 widows graduated.

On July 2, 2012, IF completed the extension for the Risafa center at Women and the Future NGO. 14 widows graduated from this center.

On July 27, 2012, Zain telecommunication company distributed gifts to EIWT widows in response to IF staff outreach to the private sector seeking opportunities for the widows.

Success stories: Eight widows in Basra received Red Cross grants to start small businesses out of their homes. IF assisted in the establishment of these businesses through direct consultation with the widows on their interests and the needs of the market. Grantees included the following widows:

  • Hala Subhi, Al Hwair Center, first cycle
  • Zainab Zaki, Al Zubair center, fourth cycle
  • Hamida Majeed Nasir, Al Zubair center, fourth cycle
  • Samira Razaq, Al Zubair center, fourth cycle
  • Khadija Mohammed, Al Zubair center, fourth cycle
  • Safia Baket, Al Zubair center, fourth cycle
  • Zanuba Salih, Al Qurna center, fourth cycle
  • Amera Jawal, Al Qurna center, fourth cycle

Selected Photos from Activities:

Educational training – Baghdad, center- extension

Vocational training – Baghdad, center- extension

Vocational training – Baghdad, center- extension

Vocational training – Baghdad, center- extension

Vocational training on handicrafts

Zain telecommunication company gifts to EIWT widows

IF completed EIWT’s fourth cycle in Hamdania center, Mosul and Basra’s center (Qurna). IF started an extension in Baghdad’s two centers (Karkh & Risafa).

IF would like to share the success of EIWT widow Hasna Usman, an excellent seamstress who has coached other widows. After expressing her intention to start working as a civil activist, she gained the opportunity to work closely with the Ezidy Solidarity Correlation to improve the lives of children suffering from autism and other disabilities. She was also able to find a job with an International organization “Bridge” with a starting monthly salary of $500.

Selected Photos from Activities:

Educational training in Hamdania, Mosul

Health and Hygiene training in Hamdania, Mosul

Vocational training-hairdressing-Hamdania, Mosul

Vocational training-sewing-Hamdania, Mosul

EIWT Childcare

IF completed EIWT’s fourth cycle in Baghdad’s two centers, (Karkh & Risafa) and Basra’s center (Zubair).

IF met with a number of local government officials and civic leaders to discuss possible options to help the widows find jobs and/or generate income opportunities. This includes Ms. Mahdia Abd Hasan, Member, Baghdad Provincial council, members of the Social Solidarity NGO on May 21 and Ms. Shatha Naji, head, Women for Peace NGO, on May 31.

On May 21, 2012, the graduation ceremony was conducted in the Fuhood District council. Among the attendees were Mr. Zaki Hussien Mahmoud, Chairman,  Fuhood district council, and Mr. Ahmed Kadhum, Member,  Fuhood district council. This ceremony was covered by Al Fayhaa satellite channel which conduct interviews with the NGO members, widows and the officials. They all expressed their gratefulness to IF for all the effort for the widows and encouraged IF to continue the great work in AL Qada.

IF’s staff in Basra held a mentoring sessions to EIWT widows on the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) mini grants. IF invited old ICRC grantees (EIWT widows) to talk about their experience in obtaining these mini-grants with IF support.

As a response to the widows’ request IF held vocational training on craftworks, a professional trainer delivered training on best seller products that the widow can start their own profession with. IF believe it’s another opportunity for the widows

Selected Photos from Activities:

Group mentoring- Zubair center, Basra

Computer skills training- Zubair center, Basra

Group session- Zubair Center, Basra

Educational Mentoring- successful EIWT widow Sundus Mohammed shared her positive experience with EIWT’ s fourth cycle widows

Vocational training- successful EIWT widow Emtithal Tahir provide training on craftworks Rusafa center, Baghdad

Vocational training- hairdressing – Rusafa center, Baghdad

 

Vocational training- computer skills – Rusafa center, Baghdad

Vocational training- Hairdressing – Karkh center, Baghdad

IF completed EIWT’s fourth cycle in Maysan’s center and Dhi Qar’s Fuhood center.

IF held a number of exciting meetings and events this month. On April 9, IF met with IRD cadre to discuss terms of collaboration in supporting women household in general and marginalized women in particular. On April 16, 2012, IF arranged and in coordination with women and childhood committee in Risafa district council for EIWT widows to participate in the “Orphans Day” activity to sell some of their products. The widows’ products received high attention from the attendees and our widows were able to sell all their goods.

IF staff invited several prominent community members to participate in EIWT educational mentoring. This includes Mr. Mohammed Nasih, Mayor of Qurna Qada’a, and Nabel Major, a local lawyer. Mr. Nasih encouraged to the widows to benefit from EIWT activities and promised to provide assistance to the widows in the Qada’a. Nabeel Major provided legal aid to the widows. Mr. Major was able to provide assistance to EIWT widows in obtaining their rights through the legal system.

As a result of the Family Hygiene and Wellbeing Program, IF facilitated the delivery of the Tetanus vaccine to all 40 widows in Al Qurna center, nearly half of whom did not have the vaccine previously.

Selected Photos from Activities:

“Tetanus vaccine day” Al Qurna center, Basra

IF visit to Maysan Vocational training- food production

IF visit to Maysan Educational training

IF staff visit to Women NGO in Maysan

Educational training in Fuhood center, Dhi Qar

Vocational training in Fuhood center, Dhi Qar

Educational Mentoring- Lawyer Nabeel Major provide legal aid for EIWT’s fourth cycle widows

Educational Mentoring- Qurna Mayor meeting with EIWT’s fourth cycle widows

Vocational Mentoring IF staff & ICRC representative Aseel Al Hashimi – EIWT Widows on ICRC mini grants

“Orphans day” activity EIWT widows were able to sell some of their products

IF launched EIWT’s fourth cycle in six centers: Baghdad’s two centers, (Karkh & Risafa), Basra’s two centers, (Zubair& Qurna),  Maysan’s center and Dhi Qar’s Fuhood center.

IF is pleased to announce that EIWT project staff succeeded in training almost double the predicted number of widows in vocational skills during the third cycle without exceeding the project’s approved budget. While IF planned to train 60 widows, staff and local partners succeeded in training 118 after receiving 58 additional requests from other widows to participate in the vocational training.  IF is also pleased to report that staff connected 23 widows with small grants and several other resources that provided them with the means to generate income and thus become economically self-sufficient. Widows used these grants to establish small businesses based out of their homes, which provided services for their community. They join 117 other widows from the previous EIWT cycles, who have benefited from EIWT’s vocational and entrepreneurial training.

EIWT mentoring continued throughout the training centers. Notably, IF and in collaboration with the partner organization, Women NGO in Maysan arranged mentoring sessions with Maysan Governor, Mr. Ali Dawai Lazm , the International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC) and Mr. Abdul Satar Al Shemary, Head of Al Boa’sa’a NGO.

Selected Photos from Activities:

EIWT’s fourth cycle – Vocational training in Risafa

Fatin Ibraheem, a successful EIWT graduate, served as the assistant trainer of the sewing vocational training in the fourth cycle in Baghdad

Educational training in Fuhood center, Dhi Qar

Mentoring session in Maysan center

Mentoring session in Maysan center- Visit of Abdul Satat Al Shemary- Head of Al Bo’assa’a NGO.

Food Manufacturing- Fourth cycle vocational training in Maysan center

IF staff visit to the partner NGO Nature Iraq to the Fuhood center in Dhi Qar

IF staff hold a mentoring session with EIWT widows in Fuhood center, Dhi Qar

Life skills component training in Maysan center

Educational training of the fourth cycle in Qurna center, Basra

Vocational Mentoring with ICRC in Basra

IF staff helping EIWT widows apply for the ICRC mini grants- Vocational mentoring

Vocational training in Maysan center

Health & Hygiene component of EIWT life skills training in Maysan

Educational training in Maysan center

Visit of Maysan Governor to EIWT widows

This month, IF celebrated the graduation of the 3rd cycle of EIWT widows from training centers in Baghdad (Karkh and Risafa). About 100 guests attended each graduation ceremony, held at the Cultural Hall of the Ministry of Oil. Following the distribution of diplomas to graduates, IF awarded particular widows with certificates of achievement. The 4th training cycle is now underway in Dhi Qar and Maysan Provinces.

During the month of February, IF staff advocated in the community to assist widows in finding gainful employment. At the graduation ceremonies held in the two Baghdad centers, a representative of the Prime Minister’s Office pledged to employ 20 widows in the coming months.

Selected Photos from Graduation Ceremonies:

Ms. Rend Al-Rahim, Executive Director of the Iraq Foundation, congratulatesBaghdadi widows on their achievements.

During the ceremony, IF made the widows’ products available for sale. Proceeds directly benefitted the widows.

Dresses made by the widows were also sold at the ceremony.

Educational training session in Maysan to kick off Cycle 4.

Educational one-on-one mentoring session.