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IF is pleased to report that three widows from the Maysan province were recently awarded grants from an international organization to start small businesses! Here’s some photos and information about the businesses the awardees started

  • The first awardee, who supports a family of three, was able to get a grant to open her small grocery store out of her hous
  • The second awardee, who supports a family of five, was able to get a grant and she is selling house appliance
  • The third awardee, who also supports a family of five, was able to get a grant and she is selling carpets and electrical appliances

IF began the  project’s 2nd  training cycle in all 7 centers, which includes two centers in Baghdad province (Karkh and Risafa), two centers in Basra province (Abu Al Khaseeb and Al Madina), one center in Maysan province, one center in Dhi Qar province (Chibayish), and one center in Nainawa province (Ba’ashiqa). 2nd cycle started on all centers between the last week of May and first week of June, 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 external evaluation. Physicians from the MOH started educating the widows on family and women health as well as preventive care according to MOH curriculum.

Educational and vocational training is being covered in all 7 locations.  40 widows participated in each center, for a total of 280 widows.  The educational training covered democracy education and women’s rights, life skills, and family health and wellbeing.  IF also delivered the vocational training that varied from center to the other according to the needs of the widows.  The vocational training included computer skills, hairdressing, and traditional sewing. 10 widows from each center were initially selected to participate in the vocational training, as per the project’s proposal.  However, each center was able to accommodate more widows with no cost for the additional widows.

In Baghdad and Basra training centers, IF directly supervised the training and the implementation of the project. IF staff and according to the needs, changed the training center location from Al Hwair Nahia to Al Madina Qada’a center due to the needs and the intensity of widows in the selected regions. In the other provinces, IF partnered with the following NGOs to deliver the training and the project’s activities, with the supervision and approval of IF:  Yazidi Solidarity Correlation in Ba’ashiqa, Mosul; Woman Organization (Al-Mara’a) in Amara, Maysan; and Nature Iraq in Chabayish, Dhi Qar.

Selected Photos:

Thank You Letter from the Basra Provincial Council

Thank You Letter from the Chabaysh Provincial Council of Dhi Qar

Thank You Letter from the Hawair Provincial Council

IF is pleased to report the successful meeting of Iraqi widows key politicans from Iraq’s governming body, the Council of Representatives on May 3, 2011. EIWT widows met with the following MPs: Mr. Bahaa Al Araaji, a member at the integrity committee; Dr. Asmaa Al Mosawi, member of the women committee; Ms. Zainab Al Sahlani, member of the legal committee; Dr. Saleem Al Jiboury, head of the human rights committee; and Ms. Intisar Al Jiboury, head of the women committee and the head of the speaker office.

During the meeting, the widows stressed their rights and expressed their desire for legislations that would increase their benefits. COR members assured the widows that there are three laws on the table of the parliament that the widow will benefit from. IF views this interaction as a significant success and demonstration of Iraqi widow’s emerging civic engagement!

New – Link to picure slideshow!

Bashqa, Mosul:

EIWT 1st cycle graduation ceremony in Bashi’qa, Mosul it was executed in cooperation with Eizidys Solidarity Correlation at their headquarters on May 21st. The graduation was attended by:

  •  Mohammad Jamsheed, COR member.
  •  Kamal Karis, Ninawa Provincial council member.
  •  Head and the president of Bashiqa council
  •  PUK representative
  •  PRT Ninawa representative
  •  Religious and tribal figures

And was widely covered by local and national media.

Graduation Press Clippings – Cycle 1: April and May 2011

تخرج الارامل اييبا 21-5

وكالة المرصد خبر احتفالية تخرج الارامل 21-5

مجلة زهرة نيسان حفلة تخرج الارامل 22-5

Maysan:

Baghdad Karkh Center:

تخرج الارامل اييبا 21-5

احتفالية الارامل.. اور

وكالة المرصد خبر احتفالية تخرج الارامل 21-5

Basashiqa Mosul:

مجلة زهرة نيسان حفلة تخرج الارامل 22-5

As part of our on-going efforts to assist Iraqi widows, IF is pleased to announce that life skills, health care, and civic education training in all seven training centers located throughout Iraq is proceeding according to schedule. In addition, it gives us great pleasure to announce that the vocational training component of the Empowering Iraqi widows to Thrive (EIWT) project has been expanded in select training locations due to unprecedented demand and community support!  Vocational training, which aimed to target 10 widows per training cycle in each of the seven training centers located in Baghdad, Basra, Maysan, Dhi Qar, and Mosul, will now be delivered to 200 widows.  Vocational training courses in the following topics are being offered during the first training cycle computer skills, hairdressing, childcare, first aid, food manufacturing, and traditional sewing based on the local need in the community and the widows aspirations.

Selected Photos:

Democracy and Civic Education Training in Baghdad’s Al-Karkh Training Center

Life Skills Educational Training at the Al Hwair Training Center, Madaina, Basra

Educational Training At Abu Al Khaseeb, Basra

Daycare for the widow’s children at the Karkh Center, Baghdad

Educational training in Bashiqa

Participants Filling Evaluation Forms at the Al Karkh Training Center, Baghdad

Health Related Topic training at the Abu Al Khaseeb Training Center

Health Related Topic training at the Al Hwair Center, Madina, Basra

Life Skills training at the Al HwairCenter, Mdaina, Basra

One-to-One Mentoring at the Abu Al Khaseeb Center, Basra

Problem solving working group

IF is pleased to report that we have opened daycare services during our widows empowerment training in Baghdad!  Several widows expressed a need for childcare in order to attend IF trainings.  IF has responded by opening up a daycare center during the Empowering Iraqi Widows to Thrive (EIWT) educational and vocational trainings.  IF’s daycare program is offered to project participants.

Selected Photos:

Daycare for widow’s Children in Maysan

Daycare for the widow’s children at the Karkh Center, Baghdad

In late January, IF launched the first training cycle in five out of the seven training centers located throughout Iraq! The training program is the backbone of the Empowering Widows to Thrive (EIWT) project. During each training cycle IF will train 40 widows in each training center on a set of life changing skills, which will increase their participation in public life, improve their health, family well-being, interpersonal relations, and coping capabilities, as well as empower them to participate effectively in the Iraqi economy! On January 29, 2011 classes began in Chibaish, located in the Dhi-Qar province, Abu alkhaseeb, located in the Basra province, as well as Maysan. Training began in the Baghdad province in the Karakh location on January 30th and the Rasafa location on the 31st. In early February, cycle one training will begin in Mosel and Mdaina training centers.

Selected Photos:


Resafa training center in Baghdad

Resafa training center in Baghdad

Karakh training center in Baghdad

Karakh training center in Baghdad