Development Club

Written by Karzan Fadhil on January 31, 2012. The environmental issues have spread over almost all the countries, and they need to be resolved as soon as possible. In Iraq, also this occurred over time due to the predominant use of cars and the lack of the accurate environmental education in this region. The necessity of the environment and the instinct of finding a solution to protect the environment led to emerging Development Club and encouraging students to commence their work at Development Club to protect the environment through this beneficial club.

Development Club is a diverse club located in Iraq-Sulaimani that includes many eager students regardless of age, language, religion and different perspectives. The onset of this club’s work refers to March 2011, when students passionately wanted to spread awareness about the environmental issues and cared about the abatement of the pollution. This club has had roughly 50 members, and most of them are young adults, who have strong desires to serve their community through this club. The reason that students have joined this club and collaborated with each other is because this is the most appropriate place for them to use their ability and physical skills. In this club, students experience and encounter new things and take a huge role to protect the environment because they physically participate in the projects, and they are a major part of conducting the projects.

Development Club has had many distinct projects since its onset, and its projects reverberated among people, such as visiting NGOs, the climate action day, hosting a conference with the United Nation organizations, and now the commission of Development Club is working on a new project called “The Green Music and Art Festival” intends to spread awareness about the environmental education. In fact, the existence of this club is so necessary for this city and people; particularly young adults because this club prepares them to protect the environment from the ongoing issues and spread the awareness about the environmental protection. In sum, Development Club beside its function that aims to develop the society, it concentrates on the environmental education in Iraq, and hopes to increase the green areas to make its community a healthier, a better place to live.

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Wadi Organization

Chatting with staff at Wadi’s office in Sulaimaniyah

Written by Karzan Fadhil. June 18, 2011.

Wadi is a German-based organization  in Northern Iraq’s Kurdish region.  This organization has been working on ways to solve problems faced by women  in the region of Kurdistan since the mid 90’s.  Its aim is to support and protect women’s rights as well as reduce the violence faced by women in Kurdish society.  Wadi aims to reduce the violence against women and help enable them to find employment in addition to advocating for women’s rights.

Many of Wadi's projects take place near Halabja, the site of the horrific chemical bombings in 1988.

For instance, wadi organization has a radio station in Halabja that has many useful programs for women. It spreads many helpful programs related to women’s problems.  Also, it has dealt with many problems faced by women through dialogue or through legal systems.  In summary, wadi is a non-governmental organization that has a strong and an obvious effect in our society in finding solutions for women’s problems including support for domestic violence, awareness of the dangers of honor killing and advocacy for women’s rights.

Dastan taking notes about Wadi's projects

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