According to the UN, 70% of internally displaced children in Iraq have now missed at least one year of school. The longer these children are out of the education system, the harder it is to get back in. However, thanks to Dr Sarah Ahmed, our Director of Operations in the Middle East, 30 girls are now being educated at our school in Harsham camp north of Erbil.

The school is situated next to a boys primary school. The current intake of girls are aged between 11 -14. Later this year we are hoping to set up a class for 15 – 18 year olds. The Iraqi Ministry of Education provides the curriculum as well as stationary and other essentials. We provide the school with food and contribute towards the upkeep of the buildings. In the future, funds permitting, we would like to provide a room for the teaching staff.

One of the girls at our school in Harsham

The UN estimates that up to half of children in IDP camps in Iraq are unable to attend school, putting them at risk of falling into child labour or, in the case of many girls, ending up as child brides. With this in mind, and thanks to your support, we are happy to report that the girls at Harsham are thriving. Please click on the image below to watch a short video of the school.

Click on the above image to watch the video

For her work in Northern Iraq, Dr Sarah was honoured this week with an award from the Kurdish Regional Government. As an Iraqi Muslim working for a Christian charity helping the displaced and the dispossessed, regardless of creed, Dr Sarah is the embodiment of what we do. We are very proud of her.

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Thank you,

The FRRME Team