Time is Running Out
The news out of Iraq has been peppered with reports of violence, conflict, and upheaval.
It’s a powerful reminder why now, more than ever, we must recommit ourselves to creating a peaceful and prosperous Iraq.
On EPIC’s Iraqi Youth Hike, a project you helped make happen, young Iraqis of different ethnicities from the diverse but violent city of Kirkuk came together to learn about nature and each other. They ended the hike as environmental conservationists and friends.
When we asked the young Iraqis on the hike about their dreams for the future, responses included things like “be the best computer programmer” and “become a famous journalist”. But most of all, they said that they wanted a normal life: to find a job, get married, and have kids.
Throughout our experience in Iraq, that sentiment has been echoed over and over again by the the Iraqis we meet: they want a more peaceful country in which to raise their kids, they want to finish college and get a job, and they want to be able to go to work every day and come home to their families every night. In a word, they want peace.
The youth of Iraq have a powerful ability to shape their country and create a lasting peace. With that in mind, EPIC recently released our “Plan to Empower Iraqi Youth to Build a Better Future in Iraq.” Looking at 2012 and beyond, the plan highlights EPIC mission and vision for Iraqi youth and their role in securing a lasting peace in their communities, country, and the world.
EPIC’s work is made possible by the contributions of individual donors. Donate today and be part of empowering Iraqi youth to build a better future in Iraq. In order to do more Iraqi Youth Hikes and reach more Tahas and Kastros, we need to raise $20,000 by the end of the year. Supporters like you have put us nearly halfway there raising $9,000 for EPIC and our youth programs. Can you help us reach our goal?
So much is possible in Iraq and, ultimately, its future will be determined by its youth. Show the young people of Iraq that people like you believe in their power to build a peaceful Iraq. Donate to EPIC today.
a recent graduate from SUNY New Paltz where she studied Medieval Islamic and European art history and American history and foreign policy. Born and raised in New York State, she now lives in DC and is excited to be part of the EPIC team