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Small Grants Activities: 

On October 10 and 18, Ms. Raneen A’aed Rasheed of Dahouk and grantee for the Hygiene Awareness Campaign for Tourism Sites and Environmental Protection Project carried out a number of activities, including:

  • Providing a brief educational session that discussed the project, means to develop cooperation among people of different ethnicities and religions in order to strength their joint work on multiple issues.  The session also discussed the importance of preserving the environment and tourism locations.
  • On these two days, Ms. Raneen implemented two campaigns of planting trees: The campaigns involved planting 100 different types of trees in the Bandowa tourist area by 10 volunteering youth.  The second campaign of planting trees was implemented in Dear Boon Toursim Area by 7 youth volunteers, including teachers.

Ms. Iman Mizher of Baghdad and grantee for the Women Mediation in Iraqi Society Project has implemented four awareness sessions to women on conflict resolution and mediation skills.

Other Youth Activities:

On October 7, three youth that participated in the Youth Civic Camps (YCC) of 2012 volunteered to presented one educational session at the Media College-Baghdad to 22 students and talked about their participation experience at the YCC.

Finally:  five youth participants in the YCC-2012 started implementing work fellowships in five partner NGOs of Civic Society Leaders/ Democratization Program-PEDP. These NGOs are in Baghdad and other provinces.

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On October 18, youth planted trees in Dearboon Tourism Area as part of the Hygiene Awareness Campaign for Tourism Sites and Environmental Protection Project.

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Photos of the Women Mediation in Iraqi Society Project

On October 13, the 2nd session was held at the Aswar Baghdad Organization with 4 women participants.

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On October 15, the 3rd session was held at Amnat Al-Sadr High school for girls in Sadr City-Baghdad with 23 women participants.

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On October 22, the 4th session was held at Alfathael High school for Girls in the Alrashad area of Baghdad with 35 women participants.

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On October 22, the 5th session was held at Aba Al-Ahrar Organization in the Alobaidi are of Baghdad with 16 women participants.

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Youth Program– Small Grants-Cycle 2:
On September 14, Mr. Al-Yassiri held the final meeting at the Hall of the Youth Development Association in Baghdad. This was an evaluation meeting for the project’s workshops aimed at measuring success and achieved outcomes  The meeting was attended by 29 participants, 22 male and 7 female.

Small Grants-Cycle 3: IF selected the Women Mediation in Iraqi Society Project (awarded to Ms. Iman Mizher)Project goal: Conflict resolution through women-led mediation aimed at giving women a bigger role in peace promotion. In order to achieve the above-mentioned goal, the grantee held a two-day ToT training for a total of 16 women in mediation, peace-building and conflict resolution.  Participants are in turn expected to hold more training on mediation and conflict resolution in their homes, offices, and schools.  The two-day ToT was held at the Aswar Organization in Baghdad from September 7-8, 2012.  

Small Grants-Cycle 4:
Grantee: Ahmed Razak Chijeel (Baghdad) – Projected concluded.
Project Title: Neighborhood Clean-up
Project goal: Spread the spirit of fraternity, friendship and partnership through a campaign designed to promote importance of cleanliness of the environment for society and individuals. The project was launched on September 1, and completed September on 22nd. The project started with lecture sessions on the project’s purpose and facts and figures about the environment and pollution in Iraq. The lecture sessions that were held on September 17, 19, and 21 were followed by cleaning campaigns on September 18, 20, 22.  The campaigns were designed to implement what was learned during the sessions the day before.

Small Grants-Cycle 4:
Grantee: Raneen A’aed Rasheed. (Dahouk)
Project title: Hygiene Awareness Campaign for Tourism Sites and Environmental Protection.
Project goal: Enhance coherence, cooperation between youth from different sects and religions and hygiene awareness and environment protection. 
Ms. Rasheed held 4 educational workshops in Dahouk Province from July 12- September 23. Dohuk’s population includes Kurds, Arabs, Kaldeans, Yazidis and Assyrians. The training sessions started by emphasizing the importance of collaboration between Iraqis of different ethnicities and religious backgrounds and the need to spread the culture of tolerance and peaceful coexistence. The workshops then covered the importance of preserving a clean environment, and the role of government, NGOs and other institutions in promoting a clean environment. A total of 92 male and female participants attended the workshops.

On September 23, the grantee of the Hygiene Awareness Campaign for Tourism Sites and Environmental Protection implemented the 4th hygiene educational workshop.

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Final meeting at the Hall of the Youth Development Association in Baghdad held on September 14, 2012

Two-day ToT training held at the Aswar Organization in Baghdad from September 7-8, 2012.

Neighborhood Clean-up Project in Baghdad

Educational workshop held in Dahouk as part of the Hygiene Awareness Campaign for Tourism Sites and Environmental Protection

Small Grants projects/ 4th cycle – 2012

The Grantee:Mustafa Mohammad Reza (Baghdad) – Project concluded.

Project Title: Peace Marathon

Project goal: A marathon dedicated to national unity, participation in elections, and to renounce sectarian violence.

On August 22, Mr. Mustafa Mohammed Reza, the grantee from Baghdad coordinated with local officials and security authorities to offer protection and medical support to the marathon participants. In preparation for the marathon, the grantee purchased 100 T-Shirts labeled, “Peace Marathon,” 100 medals and two trophies.  The marathon took place on September 14. 65 runners participated with medals awarded to the winners and custom t-shirts designed for the project distributed to all the participants. The marathon started at the Al-Dufairi Mosque, Sunni Mosque in Al-Nasir District to Al-Rasoul Mosque, Shi’at Mosque.  By end of the marathon, the two winners were awarded a trophy.

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On July 12, 19, and 22, Ms. Raneen A’aed Rasheed, implementer of The Hygiene Awareness Campaign for Tourism locations and Environment Protection Project in Dahouk Province held 3-day hygiene awareness sessions.

The goal of the project is to enhance cooperation among youth from different sects and religions and at the same time, support hygiene awareness and environment protection.  The sessions were held at The Cultural Center of Domaiz area, the Cultural Center of Sumail area, and at Big Kityara Cultural Center in Alkoush area.  All these 3 areas are in Dahouk Province.

In each session, Ms. Rasheed welcomed the participants, and presented a brief summary about the Iraq Foundation and the PEDP Project.  Topics of the sessions covered: the importance of a clean environment, particularly at touristic sites, and how to maintain these areas clean.  The participants in these 3 sessions were from different religions and ethnicities, which included:  Kurds, Arabs, Muslims, Ezidis, Christians, Chaldeans and Assyrians.

At the end of each session, Ms. Rasheed suggested to the attendees to create groups of youth, men and women form different religions and ethnicities to clean their neighborhoods and tourism areas they visit.  The participants welcomed the idea.

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The 3rd and the 4th, final Youth civic camps were held from July 1-5 for 5 consecutive days.  Each training group consisted of 25 female and male youth participants.  These two trainings took place at the American University in Iraq- Sulaimaniya (AUI-S) simultaneously. Participants were trained on the following topics:  citizenship, constitutional education, internet democracy, film editing, and social networking (Facebook, Twitter, and blogging).

During the training sessions, youth participants established positive relationships with students from the AUI-S, who helped the participants become familiar with the university. During the extracurricular activities, the participants received information from IF about the concept of civil society organizations, networking mechanisms, the relation between the executive and legislative entities.

Youth were also encouraged to participate in volunteer activities. 30 youth participants from the 3rd and 4th training camps presented 30 volunteering activities’ proposals. The Iraq Foundation will follow up with on these proposed activities.

A group of the AUI-S students organized a football match with youth participants in the camp.  The match took place at the AUI-S football field.    AUI-S students became group members with the participants of the YCC during the training sessions.

Photos of Youth Civics Camps – PEDP – 2012

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IF launched its third “Youth Civics Camp” in partnership with the American University of Iraq in Suleimaniyya (AUI/S) from June 24-28 and July 1-5.

The Civic Camps were held over a two week period, back-to-back.  Two groups of youth participants were trained in each week. Each group included a range between 20 to 29 student participants. The total number of participated youth was 101 (36 female and 65 male). The participants were from university level and from different provinces and colleges.

The training curricula of this year’s camp included: human rights, citizenship, constitutional education, film editing, documentary film production, social networking, and democracy and civic society education. The camp included social activities to build friendships between the participants in the youth camps and the AUI-S students. These activities included a football match between the youth participants and the AUI-S students, and the camp participants attended a play presented by the AUI-S students.  The camps drew the attention of Iraqi officials; Dr. Barham Salih, former Prime Minister of Kurdistan.  The Youth Camps were concluded with a number of suggestions of activities which will be followed up.  These activities aim to benefit different categories of the Iraqi society.  The goal of these activities is to spread the democratic concepts of which youth participants gained an understanding during the camps to the broader society.

The camps included screenings for documentaries that are produced from some participants in the youth camps, who are also members of the documentary production teams of the ongoing Interfaith Cooperation Project (ICP).  These screenings had positive impact on the participants: they became more knowledgeable about Iraq’s society diversity, gained awareness about the rituals and acts of worship and the values ​​of religions in Iraq, and the documentaries changed their views positively.

Al-Furat and Al-Rasheed Satellite Channels covered the camps’ activities in the media.

Photos of Youth Civics Camps – PEDP – 2012

Youth Civics Camps-Week 1: Students’ groups 1 and 2 (June 24 to 28, 2012

 
Participants of Week 1: Group 1 and 2 – June 24, 2012. Students with Ms. Selwa Gailani (COO-IF)


Participants of Week 1: Groups 1 and 2 – June 24, 2012. Students with Dr. Layla Aladhami (trainer on Citizenship)


Participants of Week 1: Students’ groups 1 and 2 – June 24, 2012.


Participants of Week 1: Students’ groups 1 and 2 – June 25 and 26, 2012 – session by Mr. Abdulsalam Al-Madani, Trainer.


Participants of Week 1: Students’ groups 1 and 2 – June 25 and 26, 2012


Participants of Week 1: Students’ groups 1 and 2 – June 25 and 26, 2012- Ms. Suhaila Al-Asadi, Trainer on the Constitution.


Participants of Week 1: Students’ groups 1 and 2 – June 25 and 26, 2012 with Mr. Asa’ad Al-Hilali, Trainer.


Participants of Week 1: Students’ groups 1 and 2 – June 27 and 28, 2012: Students watching screening of an interfaith documentary that was produced by one the teams-participants in current IF-Interfaith Cooperation Project (ICP).


Participants of Week 1: Students’ groups 1 and 2 – June 27 and 28, 2012: conducting an interview by the students.


Participants of Week 1: Students’ groups 1 and 2 – June 27 and 28, 2012 with Mr. Falah Al-Aalousi, IF-PEDP Staff.


Participants of Week 1: Students’ groups 1 and 2 – June 27 and 28, 2012: Participants received their participation certificates in the Youth Civic Camps, with Dr. Layla Al-Adhami, Trainer on Citizenship.

Youth Civics Camps-Week 2: Students’ groups 3 and 4 (July 1 to 5, 2012)


Participants of Week 2: Students’ groups 3 and 4 – July 1 and 2: Students with Dr. Layla Al-Adhami, Trainer and Ms. Dhefaf Al-Jarahi, IF Staff.


Participants of Week 2: Students’ groups 3 and 4 – July 1 and 2, 2012


Participants of Week 2: Students’ groups 3 and 4 – July 1 and 2: Students with Dr. Layla Al-Adhami, Trainer.


Participants of Week 2: Students’ groups 3 and 4 – July 1 and 2, 2012 with Mr. Asa’ad Al-Hilali, Trainer.


Participants of Week 2: Students’ groups 3 and 4 – July 3 and 4, 2012 – session by Mr. Abdulsalam Al-Madani, Trainer on Democracy Web and social Networking.


Participants of Week 2: Students’ groups 3 and 4 – July 3 and 4, 2012


Participants of Week 2: Students’ groups 3 and 4 – July 5, 2012: Students with Ms. Suhaila Al-Asadi, Trainer on the Constitution.


Participants of Week 2: Students’ groups 3 and 4 – July 5, 2012: Students conducting extracurricular activity.

Participants of Week 2: Students’ groups 3 and 4 – July5, 2012:Participants received their participation certificates in the Youth Civic Camps, with Ms. Dhefaf Al-Jarahi, IF-Staff

IF is pleased to announce the winners of the short film contest, which was launched last September  as part of the Post Election Democracy Project’s efforts to engage Iraqi youth in promoting peaceful conflict resolution across sectarian lines!  The prize winners are Sadik Taher Ameen for his film entitled “The Promising Future”, and Nawar Wa’el Jabar for “The Jewel of Iraqi Brotherhood”.  These films were broadcast recently on  Al-Furat satellite TV and aired across Iraq.  IF was pleased with the interest and range of submissions and it was no easy task to pick the winners!

Watch winning film, “The Promising Future”

This film urges people to accept each other, live in peace, and understand the concept of national identity regardless religious affiliation. The video features a phone discussion between a mother in her son who is living abroad. When the son inquires about their neighbors, she informs him that their neighbor woman who is their friend has passed away because of the suffering caused by the loss of her son died in a roadside bomb.

Watch winning film, “The Jewel of Brotherhood”

This video tells the story of 4 college students sharing the same room in the college’s dorms.  When one of the students’ father learned that his son is sharing a room with students from a different religion, he gave him a choice between finding different room or leaving the college. His son and three roommates decided to talk to the father, and convince him that despite the religious difference they are priceless relationship. The father was convinced and apologized from his son and roommates.

As part of the Post Election Democracy Project (PEDP), IF awarded four student groups small grants to impliment activities that promote Small grants awardees started implementing their projects in the provinces in four funding rounds.

While small grants awardees continued implementing their activities in the provinces, IF selected and awarded a 3rd batch of small grants to young Iraqis interested in leading grassroots civic initiatives in December and January. IF bestowed four grants to youth to conduct the following projects:

Baghdad:

Project title: Rap Music Club 

Project goal: Promoting civic sense and involvement through the creation of a Rap Music Club for youth. Activities include a song competition (lyrics and music) between 20 young Iraqis.

Project title: Soccer Tournament for Amity and Friendship 

Project goal: Promote a sense of national belonging and fighting sectarianism through holding soccer tournaments. Activities include 10 tournaments between 6 teams composed of young Iraqis from different religious backgrounds.

Dohuk:

Project title: Multi-Sectarian Guidance Programs  

Project goal: Promote conflict resolution in a peaceful way through holding various related events. Activities include seminars, open discussions and poetry gatherings.

Project title: Clean environment in the schools

Project goal: Promote interfaith cooperation between school children through raising awareness about a clean and green environment, planting trees and shrubs with the students, offering cleaning supplies to the schools, and hanging posters about clean and green environment in the schools

4th round of Small Grants for youth as part of the PEDP project

Youth interested in leading grassroots civic initiatives apply for small grants from the Iraq Foundation to bring to life their visions for community action.  Grants will be provided in two annual cycles, following each summer Youth Civics Camp. Request for small grants applications will limit project ideas to the area of national reconciliation, conflict resolution and cross-sectarian, cross-ethnic, cross-province cooperation.  Illustrative examples of projects include: environmental protection and neighborhood clean up campaigns led by a cross-sectarian group of community youth; big brother/big sister mentoring programs across sectarian divisions; youth led community food banks; theatre groups, magazines, youth clubs, tutoring groups, child care centers, hiking clubs, etc that transcend sectarian division and promote values of national unity, peace and volunteerism.

Small Grant Application – Arabic

2012 Announcement – Arabic

IF launched its second “Youth Civics Camp” in partnership with the American University of Iraq in Suleimaniyya (AUI/S) from July 7th through the 29th. The young participants came from all Iraqi provinces including Baghdad, Basra, Diwaniyya, Erbil, Suleimaniyya, Babil, Karbala, Mosul and Maysan, Anbar, Wasit, Thi Qar, Ninawa, Najaf and Diyala. IF held a total of four back-to-back camps including four groups of 25 students each and a total of 48 girls and 52 boys. The camps ran from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm and provided civic education classes including citizen’s rights and responsibilities, civic and political rights under the Iraqi constitution, social networking, and the eDemocracy developed with Freedom House. This year’s summer camp also included a class on movie editing aimed at training students on the art of editing and encouraging students to apply to the video competition on the theme of overcoming sectarianism.

The camps trained students on the ‘eDemocracy’ curriculum newly developed by the Iraq Foundation and Freedom House for use at the high school and undergraduate levels. Special modules in the curriculum will dealt with the Iraqi constitution, the Iraqi state, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens under the constitution.

Youth became familiar with primary characteristics of liberal democracies and how their civic duties play a central part in maintaining the country’s peace and freedom. The training also addressed youth’s role in developing an ethos of reconciliation, community based conflict resolution and cross-sectarian cooperation. The students also gained knowledge about civic action via the internet, including how to better use blogs, Twitter and Facebook, and how to get out their messages and widen their networks among other civic minded youth.

At the end of each camp, participants created a network for which they chose a name and created a Facebook account. The names chosen were:

Group 1: So that hope becomes a reality
Group 2: Messengers of Peace
Group 3: Change Leaders
Group 4: Good intentions ambassadors

The summer camps were covered by the Iraqi media and in the AUI/S bulletin. Media Coverage for 2011 Youth Civics Camp

Photos of Youth Civics Camps – PEDP – 2011

Camp 1: So that hope becomes a reality

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Day 1-YCC-Camp 1 – 7/ 7/ 2011

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Graduation of YCC-Participants in Camp 1

Camp 2: Messengers of Peace

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Day 1-YCC-Camp 2 – 7/ 13/ 2011

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Graduation of YCC-Participants in Camp 2

Camp 3: Change Leaders

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Day 1-YCC-Camp 3 – 7/ 19/ 2011

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Graduation of YCC-Participants in Camp 3

Camp 4: Good intentions ambassadors

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Day 1-YCC-Camp 4 – 7/ 25/ 2011

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Graduation of YCC-Participants in Camp 4