How we first startet
In the first three years (2004-2006) KurdAid's first call was
to a shelter for street children/youngsters.In this shelter
15 young people aged from 12 to 18 years were cared for by a
private organisation. The majority of them were in their third
residence year in this shelter. The dormitory was overcrowded
with single beds, and after consultation with the director of
the shelter, KurdAid purchased eight bunk beds. Furthermore
we supplied the shelter with other facilities e.g. a car (for
transporting the kids), computers, freezers and so on. The shelter
was closed by the government in 2006.
In the same periode of time we supported
Hati (of her own wish her real name is not mentioned). She was
in her 30’s and one of 14 children in her family. She
was severely handicapped (tetraplegy) due to an accident, which
had occurred about 15 years ago. Since then she could only move
her head and hands with finger movements severely restricted.
She mainly lied on her back in bed in a very primitive dwelling.
In her small room (2 m x 3 m), Hati had an old small black-and-white
television, placed away from her in a corner of the room. She
was therefore unable to operate the television unaided. KurdAid
replaced the TV by a small colour television set with remote
control. Thereby she could watch any channel and at any time
she desired. Due to the modest income of the father, who was
quite old, and the large number of dependents it was not just
Hati but the whole family who were in need of outside help.
In order to reduce the financial burden of the family and also
to assist the sisters of Hati with an income generating work
KurdAid provided them with a sewing machine.To encourage her
in doing so KurdAid provided her with a laptop, with which she
could possibly type her stories in order to print them easier
and a possible publication. A nice lady promised KurdAid to
teach Hati use the laptop. In the years ahead she wrote a couple
Empowerment of women and supporting in education
Our focus since 2006 has been
the empowering of women.In different cities (Sanandaj, Diwandara,
Saqez, Bukan, Mahabad, Mariwan, Bana, Dehgolan) and villages
we let financially weak women be trained mainly in sewing and
carpet making and provide them there after with a sewing machine
or material needed for carpet-weaving or we grant them a loan.
Furthermore we provide female
students and puple in need with a scholarship. In exchange we
expect from (only) the students according to their strength
and ability to assist some other women or girls in need.
the ende of 2017 more than 800 persons have enjoyed a training
oder have recieved a scholarship.
The history of this engagement
of KurdAid goes back to Spring 2006, when we got to know a women's
association in the city of Sanandaj. After only about five months
later we established a training centre.
|In three years 62 trainees participated
in a sex-month training, of whom 31 passed the exam taken
by the governmental office of labour and thereby obtained
a diploma certificate
With our financial aid some of the graduates
managed to take up their own project and started working either
at home or in their own sewing studio.
Due to many difficulties we were faced in
Kurdistan the trainig centre unfortunatley had to be closed.
Despite this fact we continued our effords.In co-operation with
a training institution for women (PAI) we let women with weak
financial backgrounds be trained in sewing and carpet-weaving.
Some of the graduates have since taken up
their own project and work either at home or in their own sewing
studio (be it in town or village), some have even created working
places for other women in setting up their own production facility.
Supporting in the education
Female students and puple in need we provide with a scholarship.
With the students we made a lady’s-agreement: in return
for the scholarship each would help some women or girls living
in modest conditions in any way they can. A woman or girl in
need could be one needing basic care at home due to age or health
problems, or she could be a student or pupil needing help in
her studies (tutoring) and so on. With such an agreement we
aim at strengthening the social responsibility of the students.
We also preserve their dignity by giving them the feeling that
in helping others, they earn a wage (the scholarship) and are
by no means just donation recipients.
Associations for Women or Handicaps
We support in many different
towns(such as Sanandaj, Mahabad, Bukan, Saqez, Diwandara, Bana,
Mariwan and Dehgolan) women's associations and those of handicaps
in setting up a training centre oder production facility.