Iraq Foundation's Activities and Updates: August & September 2012
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August - September 2012 Activities, Issue 72 & 73
Dear Friends,

IF is thrilled to share many the wonderful successes and accomplishments of August and September 2012!
On August 31,  IF concluded the Interfaith Cooperation Project (ICP). This 14-month project brought together teams of young Iraqi men and women from different religious backgrounds and provinces to produce documentaries on significant historic religious sites. The documentaries, viewed by 1 in 4 Iraqis, highlight the rich heritage of religious diversity that lives on in modern Iraq!


IF also engaged youth through the Post Election Democracy Project (PEDP). PEDP youth continued to work in their communities through carrying out small grant and volunteer activities. Upon completing the summer civics camps, youth returned to their provinces to spread awareness of a number of topics including, the constitution, social networking and environmental conservation!
Also during this period, IF held the Lessons Learned Meeting as part of the Women for Equitable Legislation (WEL) project. As part of this meeting, IF brought four regional experts from the Middle East and North Africa to exchange and compare methods of advocating and adopting national legislation based on women's rights. 
IF also celebrated the graduation ceremonies of widows participating in the Empowering Iraqi Widows to Thrive (EIWT) project in Baghdad and Basra! Graduates also received gifts at the ceremonies to assist them in their future occupations.
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As always, please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about our projects or activities.

With best wishes,

Tara Dewan-Czarnecki 
Communications Officer
Iraq Foundation 
ICP Project Concludes


On August 31, IF officially concluded the ICP project. As part of this project, project participants held 63 screenings of the documentaries in 15 provinces, reaching an audience of over 8,000 people. Documentaries were broadcasted on five national Iraqi TV stations. It is estimated that one in four Iraqis has seen at least one of the documentaries!


According to one project participant, "the experience of creating the documentaries demonstrated to my team the positive impact of peaceful coexistence."


IF held a screening on October 9 to highlight the accomplishments and mission of the project. The screening will be covered in next month's newsletter!


PEDP Youth Continue Small Grants Activities, Volunteer in their Communities  

During the months of August and September, PEDP youth continued to implement small grants and volunteer activities in their provinces.


Mr. Mustafa Mohammed Reza, for example, small grant award winner from Baghdad, coordinated with local officials and security authorities to support marathon participants in August. 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!  


Upon the completion of the youth camp, back in their provinces, five young participants implemented volunteering activities that included: cleaning campaigns awareness raising sessions about the Iraqi Constitution and the environment as well as educational sessions about social networking. To read more about these volunteer activities, please click here.  


IF Holds WEL Lessons Learned Meeting


On September 22 & 23 2012, IF held the WEL Lessons Learned Meeting at Erbil International Hotel in Erbil. Over 50 participants attended the meeting including Iraqi lawmakers and legal experts and representatives of civil society organizations.  Also, four regional experts from Tunisia, Algeria, Lebanon and Jordan attended to exchange and compare methods of advocating and adopting national legislation based on women's rights. The meeting was attended by IF's Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Selwa Al Gailani. 


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On September 29, 2012, IF held a graduation ceremony at the Al Alwya'a club in Baghdad. Zain Telecommunication Company hosted the event and donated 75 professional sewing machines for the widows to start generating income for their families. 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 Basra.  IF staff through generous donors was able to deliver over 160 professional sewing machine for the widows. 


Both ceremonies were well covered by satellite and local channels, which conducted interviews with NGO members, widows and officials.


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In This Issue
ICP Project Concludes
PEDP Youth Continue Small Grants Activities, Volunteer in their Communities
IF Holds WEL Lessons Learned Meeting
IF Holds Graduation Ceremonies for EIWT Widows in Baghdad and Basra!
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