New hope in the new year

 A boy smiles as EPIC volunteers construct a soccer field for him and his friends at a camp for displaced persons near the Bzeibiz Bridge, Iraq.

Today, Iraqis are celebrating the liberation of Ramadi from ISIS. While the long ordeal of those we serve is long from over, there is reason to have new hope in the new year.

As 2015 comes to a close and we look ahead, we want to take a moment to acknowledge all of the milestones we achieved thanks to the support of our visionary donors.

This year, we:

  • Launched Soccer Salam, our lifesaving program that delivers humanitarian assistance and the joy of play to Iraq’s most vulnerable children and families,
  • Grew TentEd, our rapid response program in partnership with U.S. veterans that helps displaced children access and continue their education within the relative safety of Iraqi Kurdistan,
  • Produced new episodes of our educational Iraq Matters podcast and published more than 40 reports on the latest developments in our weekly Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor (ISHM), and
  • Celebrated the overhaul of our website, and the addition of Mark Seaman as EPIC’s first Director of Development and Communications.

EPIC is committed to a peaceful and prosperous future for Iraq. Altogether this year, we extended a helping hand to more than 9,600 men, women, and children fleeing ISIS. We want to do even more in 2016, and ask you to consider maximizing your tax-deductible giving by making a contribution today.

Thank you for your support of our mission to empower youth for peace in Iraq.


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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.