A message from APP Level 2 students who are helping children in refugee camps and working on environmental protection as part of a service learning project.
We are Level 2 students of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani’s Academic Preparatory Program (APP). We are currently planning and working with our peers on our new service learning projects. Three of our classes have voted to help children of the refugee and internally displaced (IDP) community and three classes have voted to work on environmental action projects with Waterkeepers Iraq.
Both sets of classes have formed working groups to raise awareness and collect international donations through websites which we have developed ourselves. The three classes who have voted to work with children have set as our mission is to bring hope and happiness to the children who have suffered the effects from the ongoing political crisis, violence, and sectarian divide. They are also vulnerable to sexual abuse, health problems, early marriage, and to work in poorly-paid labouring jobs.
Our overall goal is to raise USD 2000 to provide materials for children at nearby refugee camps. Our first goal of raising funds for 50 soccer balls has been accomplished. We chose that goal so that children have some activities during the summer holiday when schools will be closed. We have also just completed our second goal, which was to raise funds for educational materials for teachers and students at the local camps. For the remaining two weeks of our semester, we will continue to raise funds and then deliver these materials to the camps.
We also want to raise awareness in our society to let people know what is happening to these children. Please act now, and help us bring a smile to the children’s faces once again.
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AUIS Helping Refugees (AHR)
AUIS Environment Keepers
-- Mohammed Khidr, APP student