Nour and Noor: Supporting Orphans in Diwaniya, Iraq

Photos of preparing the gifts and visiting the orphanage 

Nour and Noor developed a project to bring treats and healthcare supplies to orphans in Diwaniya, Iraq.

What is your project? 

My project is the rights of children, especially orphans. We went first to the director of orphanage we talked with her that we intend to that we meet children and talk with them, and give them some guidance health. She welcomed the idea and told us things they need the children of things healthy. Was there in orphanage some of teenagers she told us about the things they need we tried to strive to provide all requirements.  After we went to the market and buy everything we need and then we went to the House.

In the house we started the banquets to meet the children or in fact they were not all children, we provided them with a set of gifts and my mother baked some sweets and went to the orphanage the next day, which was scheduled to talk with children. At the beginning we talked to them about the education and how its importance for humans and then we talked with them about the public health and hygiene and things like the importance of cleaning teeth and combing hair and we finished talking that they are like us and there is no difference between us and them.

Why did you pick this project?

I chose this project because I believe that they represent the future of the world, as well as the suffering of children in my country from wars and persecution that affects them negatively.

Why is your project important?

Because the children are facing the world and represent the future as I mentioned earlier. Also, to get all the children including the loss of their parents a good childhood and develop their abilities to be able to do a lot when they grow up.

Ahmed’s Project: Let’s Draw the Smile on Cancer Children in Karbala

By Ahmed E. (DYLEP 2017 Participant)

First of all we should know that the humanity is coming first.

In our community we have a lot of children have got a bad diseases like a cancer.

So we should draw the smile on their faces because it is one of our responsibilities because we are humans and the psychological treatment is one of the most important ways to get calm of the cancer.

So I decided to help them. Continue reading

Areej’s Project

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World Learning staff interview Areej, from Baghdad, Iraq, about the project she designed during DYLEP 2017.

WL: What did you do for your project?

Areej: My project is campaign for kids we try to make them happy and draw the smile on their faces. By some funny activities such as drawing on faces and we gave them some gifts such as flowers, balloons, cakes and juices.We also show them a person disguised with bear clothes the really love this part and that make us happy.

WL: Why did you choose this project? 

Areej: I choosed to work with kids because they are very kind, lovely and innocent. By doing this project we gave them hope that this life can be beautiful even of all the bad news we hear everyday. We just have to be hopeful and helpful. I think all the kids who came will remember that day as a beautiful memory and maybe they will try to do the same and that is what I wish.

WL: What was the biggest challenge you faced in your project, and how did you overcome it?

Areej: The only challenge was the fear of failure and the failure of the project. But thanks to the wonderful team members.Those who gave me hope, helped me and supported me succeeded. I would like to thank them very much for everything they have done.

We Earth

Ashrakat, from Erbil, Iraq, and Julia, from Seattle, Washington share their experience working on a project together from two different countries.

What is your project?

Ashrakat: Our project is an online program for young women empowerment and promotion of women’s rights, to raise youth voices and awareness and to establish friendly communication between Iraq and USA. In this program we introduce the rights that reserve and secure the woman an equal free life, learn more about inspirational strong women who have shown integrity and resilience to achieve their dreams and made a positive change for the world and to exchange thoughts and ideas through online dialogue groups and more activities.

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The logo Julia and Ashrakat created for their project.

Why did you decide to work together?

Ashrakat: We’ve decided to work together because we both have the same passion for promoting women’s rights (our rights).

Julia: We also chose to work together because we wanted to reach out more with the others in our communities to come together and share one’s insights.

Why did you choose this particular subject?

Ashrakat: We have chosen this subject because we believe that the first step into woman’s freedom is the awareness of her legal rights and how to get benefit of her position in society, and because the topic on women empowerment is a burning issue all over the world. “Women empowerment” and “Women equality with men” are universal issues.

How do you plan a project together if you live in two different countries?

Ashrakat: Planning the project wasn’t easy for sure because we live in different countries that have different time zones but we both have that motivation which leaded us to overcome obstacles and use our passion to try to make a change. We used different online platforms to get our plans done, we write to each other almost every day and do Skype calls sometimes.

What is your advice for others who want to make a project?

Ashrakat: If you want to make a successful project and get good results having impact on people, you should believe in your potentials and your partners’, you should plan for everything before you get started and always respect your partners’ thoughts and ideas. For me, Julia is a great inspirational partner and I liked working with her.

Julia: I definitely have to agree with her advice for making a project. Communication is important in all aspects whether it is with the people you are working with or the community you are sharing in. The planning the process with Ashrakat has taught me the key time management with our different times zones. Overall, working with Askrakat has inspired me more and reminds me that there is a handful amount of individuals who are as passionate to work for a positive change all around the world.

Rojeena’s Dialogue Group

Image uploaded from iOS (3)By Rojeena R. (DYLEP 2017 Participant)

Before DYLEP, all I had were wishes that someday my community would get better, I always dreamt of a community where women are respected as much as men are, where no one’s abilities are underestimated, and where one is all and all is one, but I would never think that I can be a part of making that possible, so all I did was admire people who were at least trying to make a change, because it was something I hadn’t had enough courage to do.

After everything I went through and learned during DYLEP, and after meeting the inspiring young leaders I met, I finally decided to stand up and be the change I always wanted to see and ended up with a plan for a project I always waited for others to start!! I don’t know how or when everything got so into it’s perfect place, but it all happened during this summer. Continue reading

Sarah’s Back to School Campaign


Sarah delivering school supplies.

By Sarah O. (DYLEP 2017 Participant)

My theme during DYLEP was serving IDPs and refugees, I decided to focus on IDPs because it’s one of the biggest issues that we are facing here in Iraq. So from that I started studying more about their needs and worries. I chose education because I wanted a topic that I can relate to as a student myself, also because I believe that if you want to make a better generation you have to start from the kids themselves because they are the future of the society. However, since education problems for IDPs are hard to help solve in one project, I decided to take a branch of it which was school supplies since through it they can learn and study better, it’s like the base of the student. Continue reading

Next Phase Organization

By Bavyan S. (DYLEP 2016 Participant)

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My action plan was helping refugees in Arbat. For that I participated in an organization’s activity which was the same as my project, Next Phase Organization which organized by 7 IYLEP alumni, World Learning was the sponsor and funded this project. Then I’m one of the member in this organization, and I told them about my action plan and they were so kind and accepted me in the project.

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