In this issue, we would like to highlight
some of the Iraq Foundation's (IF) recent
activities. During May, IF
has been working hard to promote its mission
throughout Iraq. As part of last March's
fundraising event, we have already donated to
two charities in Baghdad that care for
orphaned children. IF's executive
director Rend Al-Rahim made several media
appearances to promote our mission. IF staff
is also exploring ways to benefit Iraqi
refugees in the region and met with several
human rights and civil society organizations
while traveling in Northern Iraq. In this
reporting period, the Human Rights Defenders
Network published its third newsletter on the
human rights situation in Iraq.
As always, should you have any questions
about our activities, please do not hesitate
to contact us.
||Helping Iraqi Children
...every step of the way
We would like to update you on this year's
charity fundraising event, Helping Iraqi
Children . . . every step of the way.
Currently, IF staff in Iraq is surveying
Iraqi children's charities to identify the
organizations with the greatest needs. During
this survey, our staff also determines which
goods would benefit the
children that they care for most.
addition, IF has made a special contribution
of clothing, educational supplies, training
equipment, hygienic products, and toys,
valued at 1,000 US dollars, to the Bait
Al-Toufil and Saint Hanna orphanages. To
view pictures the distribution and learn how
you can help needy children throughout Iraq,
please follow the link below.
to be a part of our efforts today!
||IF in the Media
IF's Executive Director, Rend al-Rahim,
published an article in the Washington Post
on Thursday, May 10, 2007 entitled "A Dayton
Process for Iraq". In this article, Ms.
Al-Rahim discusses strategies to promote
national reconciliation. For more
information and to read the article, please
follow the link below.
Additionally, on March 28, 2007 Ms. Al-Rahim
on the Kuwaiti panel debate show 'Diwaniya'
that airs on Kuwait TV hosted by Dr. Shafeeq
AlـGhabra. The Diwaniya Program aims to
tackle major issues in the local arena.
During that broadcast, Ms Al-Rahim was joined
by Yezid Sayigh, professor of Middle East
studies at King's College in London, and
Zuhair AlـDajaili, an Iraqi writer working
for the AlـQabas newspaper. The panel
discussed the current situation in Iraq,
focusing on understanding the nature of the
violence in Iraq and strategies for national
||IF Staff Meet with Kurdish Head of Parliament and Minister of Civil Society
During the month of May, senior IF staff met
with the Kurdish Minister of Civil Society,
George Mansour, and the Head of the Kurdish
Al-Mufti, to discuss strategies to build and
promote strong civil society institutions and
foster respect for human rights principles
Foundation staff used this opportunity to
detail our work in Iraq and discuss the Pledge
of Iraq Campaign . In particular, staff
discussed the importance of supporting and
implementing laws in Iraq's national
parliament that uphold the concept of
judicial review and support the personal
which have already been implemented in Kurdistan.
In addition, both the Head of Kurdish
Parliament and Minister of Civil Society
expressed interest and support in IF opening
a branch office in Kurdistan, Iraq to
facilitate our mission.
||IF Works to Help Iraqi Refugees
In order to further and expand the
Foundation's humanitarian mission, IF staff
met with several non-governmental
organizations and UN agencies that assist
Iraqi refugees in Jordan during the
month of May. IF is committed to serving
Iraq's refugee population in any way we can.
To accomplish this, IF met with
representatives from the United Nations
Development Program (UNDP), United Nations
Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the Iraqi Red
Crescent Society, Caritas Internationalis,
CARE, and Mizan.
||IF's Human Rights Defenders Network Publishes 3nd Newsletter
The Human Rights Defenders Network (HRDN)
published its third newsletter on May 25,
2007, which discusses the human rights
situation in Iraq. Formed in December 2006 by
the Iraq Foundation, HRDN monitors,
documents, and advocates for human rights in
Iraq's governorates. These newsletters,
published in Arabic, are available on our