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With IF’s assistance, four widows from Shat Al Arab, Basra were awarded grants to start their own small businesses during January by an international organization. The grants enabled these women to purchase food stocks, small appliances and house hold items, such as pots and pans, to start small family owned grocery stores and home goods stores run out of their homes. These neighborhood shops supply neighborhoods with basic household good and small appliances such as kitchenware and other needs in addition to groceries.

In addition, six widows in Basra were able to receive their government benefits as a result of IF’s intervention and the cooperation of Provincial Council Members, who supported EIWT widows to overcome all obstacles! These benefits include a monthly living stipend, which help provide financial stability to the widow and their families .

We are also pleased to announce that several candidates are interviewing for jobs in Baghdad thanks to the cooperation and coordination of IF staff members and “Independent Iraqi Opinion,” a NGO and Newspaper organization based in Baghdad.

IF pleased to announce the successful completion of the third cycle of training in several centers as part Empowering Iraqi Widows to Thrive (EIWT) project during the month of January.  Training completed in both Baghdad training centers (Karkh  and Risafa) as well as in the Mdaina training center in Basra and Hamdania training center in Mosul.  IF will complete third cycle training in the remaining three centers in February.

During January, IF also conducted numerous meetings in order to enhance the employment prospects of widow participants as well as empower them politically and social as part of EIWT’s extensive mentoring program. On January 5, IF staff met with Relief & Economic Security Representative, and a field representative of the Red Cross in Baghdad in order to  assist participants apply for mini-grants.  These funds would enable the widows to establish small businesses and sustainable income.  IF and the Red Cross already cooperate in the implementation of this program in the southern region and would like to expand to Baghdad as well.

On January 22, IF met with the Director General of the Department of Labor & Vocational Training at the Ministry of Education in Baghdad to advocate for  loans aimed at Iraq’s widow population from a parliamentary fund.  In addition, IF took this opportunity to discuss cooperation with the Ministry to strengthen and support IF’s computer training programs, a popular vocational choice for widows in urban areas.

On January 22, IF staff also met with “Independent Iraqi Opinion” Organization & Newspaper in Baghdad to discuss securing transportation for widows.  The organization generously arranges for widows to buy cars, and provides payment plans that are manageable for widows.  Additionally, organization’s editor and chief agreed to lead a vocational mentoring session and has offered several employment opportunities to widows within the organization.  Currently several candidates are interviewing for positions!

Also for this month we have several other exciting sucess stories to report!

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EIWT widows recieved RCC mini-grants as their first source of income (19)


EIWT widows recieved RCC mini-grants as their first source of income (18)


EIWT widows recieved RCC mini-grants as their first source of income (17)


EIWT widows recieved RCC mini-grants as their first source of income (16)


EIWT widows recieved RCC mini-grants as their first source of income (15)


EIWT widows recieved RCC mini-grants as their first source of income (14)


EIWT widows recieved RCC mini-grants as their first source of income (13)


EIWT widows recieved RCC mini-grants as their first source of income (12)


EIWT widows recieved RCC mini-grants as their first source of income (11)


EIWT widows received RCC mini-grants as their first source of income (10)


EIWT widows received RCC mini-grants as their first source of income (9)


EIWT widows recieved RCC mini-grants as their first source of income (8)


EIWT widows received RCC mini-grants as their first source of income (7)


EIWT widows received RCC mini-grants as their first source of income (6)


EIWT widows received RCC mini-grants as their first source of income (5)


EIWT widows received RCC mini-grants as their first source of income (4)


EIWT widows received RCC mini-grants as their first source of income (3)


EIWT widows received RCC mini-grants as their first source of income (2)


EIWT widows received RCC mini-grants as their first source of income (1)


EIWT widows received RCC mini-grants as their first source of income

As part of our efforts to improve the lives of Iraqi widows, IF is pleased to report that 280 widows took part in the third training cycle from 7 training centers, located in five provinces throughout Iraq during the month of December as part of the Empowering Iraqi Widows to Thrive (EIWT) project.

During the training program, participants relieve vital education in life skills, health, conflict and family management, democracy, mentoring, and vocational training for select participants.  Upon completion, if hosts a graduation ceremony for the widows to celebrate their achievements.  Last month during November, IF held two graduations for participants from the second cycle in Basra. IF also conducted the graduation ceremony in Ba’ashiqa.  Both events were well attended by selected figures and well covered by the local media.

View photos from the all the graduations for Cycle 2 training October – November 2011…

As a result of one of these activities, IF is thrilled to announce seven success stories the month of December.  Learn more about the successes!

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Vocational training-Maysan


Vocational Training-Chabaysh


Vocational training-Baghdad


Vocational Training Baghdad1


Educational training-Chabaysh

Vocational Mentoring-Saif Majid-Tijara1


IF meeting with Mubarat Al Shakreen


IF attended social security reform


Health & Hygene-Basra


Health & Hygene training-Baghdad

With IF’s assistance, seven widows from Shat Al Arab, Basra were awarded grants to start their own small businesses during November by an international organization. The grants helped four participates to purchase small supplies and house hold items, such as pots and pans, to start small family owned stores run out of their homes.  These neighborhood shops supply neighborhoods with basic household good and small appliances such as kitchenware and other needs.  Three widows received sewing equipment and other necessary equipment and materials to run a small sewing shop from their homes as a result of these small grants.

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Success story-Nadia & Hawraa


Success story-Awatif Muhsin (2)


Success story-Awatif Muhsin

As part of our efforts to improve the lives of Iraqi widows, IF is please to report that 280 widows took part in the third training cycle from 7 training centers, located in five provinces throughout Iraq during the month of November as part of the Empowering Iraqi Widows to Thrive (EIWT) project.  During the training program, participants relieve vital education in life skills, health, conflict and family management, democracy, mentoring, and vocational training for select participants.  Upon completion, IF hosted a graduation ceremony for the widows to celebrate their achievements.  During November, IF held two graduations for participants from the second cycle in Basra. IF also conducted the graduation ceremony in Ba’ashiqa.  Both events were well attended by selected figures and well covered by the local media.

View photos from the all the graduations for Cycle 2 training…

IF recognizes the importance of mentoring and guidance in implementing such a life changing training.  As part of these mentoring sessions, IF works hard to link beneficiaries to community resources and inspirational speakers.  In Baghdad, IF arranged for EIWT participants to meet with the Head of the Umtuna NGO, an organization that specializes in providing finance opportunities to widows to get sewing machines at a reasonable price. IF also invited Mr. Saif Majid, coordinator for the TIJARA fund, which provides microfinance opportunities in Iraq.  During the mentoring session, Mr. Majid explained the loan process and other conditions and regulations required to get funding from TIJARA. IF Baghdad also conducted Educational mentoring sessions, inviting Lawyer Eman Abdul Rahman to share her experience as a successful widow. During this session, Ms. Abdul Rahman assisted the participants with legal advice and introduced them to Lawyer Suhad Abdullah, who is specialized in personal status law . IF Baghdad invited successful widows from the previous training cycles to also share their experience and success stories with the current participants.

Mentoring sessions take place in all centers.  For example, in the Maysan center, IF cooperated with the Women’s NGO of Maysan to conduct educational mentoring session, inviting Dr. Maysoon Abdul Jabbar, Head of Women Issues Department in Maysan to discuss the widow’s stipend process and follow up on some of their pending issues.  IF also worked with the Yazidi Solidarity Organization in Ba’ashiqa conducted Educational mentoring sessions. Mr. Hussien Kujar, Head of Democratic Organization Center in Mosul, and Mr. Younis Ahmed, a Political Party Official, both participated in these sessions and are also working to assist widows with pending stipend issues.   Mr. Kujar also donated three sewing machines to the widows. During the month, IF also conducted numerous meeting to support the project, including site visits, meetings with regional and international NGOs, other organizations.

As a result of one of these activities, if is thrilled to announce seven success stories the month of November.  Learn more about the successes!

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Vocational training-Maysan


Vocational Training-Chabaysh


Vocational training-Baghdad


Vocational Training Baghdad1


Educational training-Chabaysh

Vocational Mentoring-Saif Majid-Tijara1


IF meeting with Mubarat Al Shakreen


IF attended social security reform


Health & Hygene-Basra


Health & Hygene training-Baghdad

The Iraq Foundation (IF) successfully accomplished the 2nd training cycle and held graduation ceremonies to honor the widows’ achievements in both Baghdad-based training centers in early October. The third training cycle followed the graduation ceremonies in Baghdad as well as in the Ba’ashiqa, Mosul center and continued in the four other training locations in Basra, Maysan and Chabaysh.

View photos from the graduations

We are also pleased to report that five widows from the Basra province were awarded small grants to start their own businesses. To learn more and view photos of this success story, please click here.

During October, IF arranged a number of successful meeting to promote women’s rights and an understanding of the widows plight in Iraq with key stakeholders, including: Ms. Basima Abdul Ameer Al Sa’ady, Baghdad Provincial Council Member, who visited the Rusafa training center. Ms. Al Sa’ady updated the widows on the last legislations and laws that will bring benefits for them in specific. She informed the widows that the ministry of women has adopted a microloans project for women and the ministry of agriculture adopted a similar project for women in rural areas. Ms. Al Sa’ady also informed the widows of a proposal  submitted to the ministry of Labor and Social Affairs which would provide loans to the widows and unemployed women to start a business.

IF staff in Basra arranged a meeting with three widows and Ms. Shannon D. Quinn, Democracy Coordinator from the US Embassy in Baghdad. IF described the achievements and the challenges of EIWT as well as the progress and achievement of the EIWT participants as a result of the training.

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Vocational training Baghdad

Vocational training Baghdad

Vocational training Baghdad

Mentoring-Basra

Educational training-Basra

Educational training on Family Health and hygene

Educational training Maysan

Childcare

Childcare

Chabaysh Mentoring

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Graduation Ceremony-Basra-2nd cycle


Graduation ceremony-2nd cycle-Ba’ashiqa

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With IF’s assistance, five widows in Basra were awarded grants to start their own small businesses during October by an international organization. The grants helped three participates to purchase hairdressing equipment to start a hair salon and run the salon from their homes as well as allowed two widows to buy sewing equipment and other necessary equipment and materials to run a small sewing shop from their homes.

The Iraq Foundation (IF) successfully accomplished the 2nd training cycle and held graduation ceremonies to honor the widows’ achievements in Maysan and Chabaysh, Dhi Qar. These ceremonies received high attention from the local government councils, selected figures from the Council of Representative (CoR), tribal and civil leaders and were well covered by the local and national media.

We are pleased to report that, IF participated in “Supporting and Defending the Rights of Widows in Iraq” conference, hosted by Relief International and under the auspices of the Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives.

IF began the project’s 3rd   training cycle in 4 centers, which includes two centers in Basra province (Shat Al Arab and Al Madina), one center in Maysan province and one center in Dhi Qar province (Chibayish). The 3rd cycle started on 4 centers between the 2nd week and 3rd week of September, contracts & MOUs been signed with Trainers, MOH, partner NGOs and local centers. Surveys been distributed and filled by the widows in each center and been sent to the expert for evaluation.

IF completed the recruitment of the widows and prepare all requirements for the 3rd cycle two centers in Baghdad (Karkh & Rusafa) and one center Ba’ashiqa. All  3 centers will start implementing the activities of the 3rd cycle during the month of October.

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Vocational Training – Basra

3rd cycle-Chabaysh-Vocational training

Vocational Mentoring – Basra

3rd cycle -Maysan

3rd cycle-Madina-Basra

3rd cycle-Chabaysh

3rd cycle-Madina-Basra

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