AUIS student, Chrpa Amanj, initiated a competitive bake sale in the University’s cafeteria to raise money to provide aid to the internally displaced people (IDP) and refugees that have relocated to Sulaimani after being forced from their homes due to the ongoing conflict in the region. The event was held on the day marked to celebrate the International Day of Peace.
Amanj, with the help of her colleagues, prepared a variety of traditional and modern homemade dishes, from savories - dolma, bryani and pasta - to deserts - cupcakes, tarts, marble cake and tiramisu.
The group was divided into two teams, one team for savories, the other for deserts. Students and faculty members each donated a minimum of five dollars to the bake sale, and were served based on the amount of their donation. The group raised $1,634.67 from the sale, which will be donated to the Kurdistan Save the Children organization, which is working with the IDPs and refugees.
One of the student participants, Nawa Shorish, praised the effort of her colleagues, “This is how we celebrate International Peace Day at AUIS. I am so proud of everyone here.”
Amanj, who has volunteered for many non-profit organizations and hospitals, including Kurdistan Save the Children and the Hiwa Cancer Hospital said, “I like to organize charity events, but at the same time I like them to be fun and interactive.”
Amanj is currently in her first semester of business administration at AUIS. She also took the opportunity to initiate a photo campaign for the abducted Yezidi girls. Students at the bake sale were encouraged to take photos with a placard saying, “Help bring back our Yezidi girls.” She and her colleagues will circulate the campaign on social media to raise more awareness, followed by organizing events to support the campaign.
Check out the photos on Facebook.