As we gather with friends and family this holiday season and prepare to celebrate the New Year, our work in Iraq continues…
At this very moment, EPIC’s Soccer Salam volunteers are in Baghdad preparing to visit two remote villages recently liberated from ISIS. Our team will deliver wool blankets, waterproofing material, winter coats, and set up a soccer field so that children have a chance to play. We will be joined by medical students from Tikrit University’s School of Medicine who will offer much-needed medical care to the villages’ 250 vulnerable families.
Also at this very moment, Zack Bazzi is in Iraqi Kurdistan, furthering the work of ourTentEd program that supports the education of displaced Iraqi and Syrian children. Without programs like TentEd, these children and teenagers would have no option for continuing their education during the months and years they are forced from their homes by violence.
As 9-year old Sabreen told our volunteers outside of her home town of Ramadi earlier this year, “We want to live like you in our homes, and with our family…and play without fear of bombs and bullets.” Thanks to recent advances in Ramadi by Iraqi forces with international support, Sabreen may soon be able to do just that.
In the meantime, and for the millions of other displaced children and families who need our support, our work must continue.
Please consider a fully tax deductible gift at this special time of year – and on behalf of EPIC’s staff and volunteers, have a safe and happy holiday season.