A Smile for Your Weekend

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A displaced girl at one of the camps reached by Soccer Salam near Bzeibiz bridge outside Ramadi, Iraq.
A displaced girl at one of the camps reached by Soccer Salam. The camp is one of dozens of encampments near Bzeibiz bridge on the Euphrates River outside Ramadi, Iraq. ©IHAO/July 2015.

We have some great news to kick-off your weekend!

Over the past month of Ramadan, the Soccer Salam team successfully reached 490 displaced Iraqi families in need. Our distributions included food baskets, water containers, first aid and hygiene kits, a change of clothes, and urgently needed medicine.

Of course, it would not be Soccer Salam without also distributing some soccer balls and organizing some games with the kids.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of our on-the-ground partner, the Iraq Health Aid Organization (IHAO), Soccer Salam is reaching some of Iraq’s most vulnerable children and their families. Our goal for this summer: to reach 2,000 displaced and vulnerable families in need.

Our humanitarian work is more important now than ever. UN agencies estimate that right now 8.2 million people are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance in Iraq — yet the current UN action plan is only expected to reach 5.6 million, leaving hundreds of thousands of families in distress.

Fortunately, thanks to supporters like you, day by day we are reaching more families, and helping to make a positive difference in the lives of Iraq’s most vulnerable children.

Visit our Soccer Salam website to learn more, and help spread the word by using the hashtag: #SoccerSalam.

Erik K. Gustafson

About Erik K. Gustafson

Erik is EPIC's founder and director. As a U.S. veteran of the 1991 Gulf War, Erik has devoted his life to humanitarian action and empowering youth in support of Iraq's peace and development.