Over the course of 6 months, 10th graders from a high school in San Jose, CA, researched the sexually exploitation and slavery of Yazidi women by ISIS, gave presentations about this topic to the students and the teachers of their school, began a gofundme site, and undertook numerous fundraisers that collected a total of $3,000. They have since donated that amount to YAZDA organization and are hoping that their small contribution can make, in the end, a big impact on the lives of the women who have been victimized by ISIS. The funds that these students raised were used to invite a group of twenty women survivors to a spiritual trip to Lalish (Yazidi Holy place), and the fund was distributed to those women in form of cash.
They enjoyed the lunch, they enjoyed being in Lalish, and they enjoyed a supporting conversation with Yazidi religious leaders for spiritual healing after they endured this prolonged trauma under ISIS`s captivity
Yazda would like to express its sincere gratitude and appreciation both to these wonderful students and their teachers for their kind gesture that had a great impact on these women’s lives