Dastan Ibrahim wrote -
The American University of Iraq, Sulaymaniyah (AUIS) has started an early tradition aimed at aiding refugees and in-need individuals who were forced to leave their homes amid the current conflicts happening in the region. The Alternative Spring Break, our new tradition, began in 2015, when selected students volunteered by traveling to the refugee camps in the northern Kurdish city of Duhok. It was a successful task given the short time we spent with the oppressed families and their children. We shared our life with the children, we created happy memories to ease their frustration, and gave our presence and acknowledgment of their conditions contrary to our prosperous life for those of us who lived in urban cities. In 2016, we visited the refugees in Duhok’s Khanke camp one more time,we are doing the task again in 2017, this time in the refugee camps in Rawanduz, a city located in the north-western part of the Iraqi Kurdish region near the Turkish-Iranian border. Many children of various ages, 250 children in grades 1-6 and 100 teens in grades 10-12, have populated these camps. This will be a much challenging task, considering the supplies and funds the camps will need for sustainability and enhancing living conditions. We will do several activities with children, such as face-painting, playing sport games, and other tasks that require materials to purchase them also. As students, we want to make this trip another success, and albeit our presence will have an emotional impact on the refugees, we cannot go there with empty hands, and we want to exchange our absence with this fundraising that will affect them in the future. Please donate.