As part of the USAID funded and IOM supported project, “Supporting the return of the displaced population in the Nineveh Plains and West Nineveh”, Yazda has adopted a multi-dimensional approach to the provision of various services in Sinjar and Bashiqa.
Community mobilization and engagement are both vital to recovery and revitalization of the community. Bringing together all relevant stakeholders, involving local communities in decision making, and improving living conditions and access to services will support existing populations in target areas and encourage others to return.
Yazda has therefore identified six local youth groups which have all established themselves within their communities, and is now providing these groups with monthly support to organize activities and trainings. Yazda is also working to strengthen the capacities of these groups and aims to provide various training sessions for their members, covering topics such as Finance, Humanitarian Principles, Project Management, and Proposal Writing.
The groups are already active in their communities, organizing a diverse set of activities with objectives which range from encouraging healthy lifestyles, to improving standards of living through cleaning and tree planting campaigns, to improving access to education through the organization of classes on literacy, language, and other subjects.
With Yazda’s support:
Helping Hand in Khanasor is currently running a football tournament between NGOs operating in Sinjar. They are also fixing the streets, and soon plan to start providing driving lessons for women. The group consists of 30 members. More information about the group can be found on their Facebook Page
Sinune Youth Center is running computer classes for local youth and adults and, over the summer holiday period, will support students with English classes and courses on other subjects. The group consists of 20 members. More information about the group can be found on their Facebook Page
Zorava Youth Center is painting murals and colorful drawings on local school buildings, and has plans for first aid training and for the set-up of traffic signs within their village. The group consists of 55 members. More information about the group can be found on their Facebook Page
Gubhal Youth Center is planting trees in public places within Gubhal and organizing educational courses as well as sport activities. The group consists of 45 members. More information about the group can be found on their Facebook Page
Ezidi Sunrise Group in Dugure is also very much focused on supporting education and youth, providing literacy classes for women as well as math and English classes for students. The group consists of 40 members. More information about the group can be found on their Facebook Page
Sanabel Future Group in Sinjar City has organized several cleaning campaigns within their city and in surrounding picnic areas, distributing bin bags to people and educating them to not litter. The group consists of 30 members. More information about the group can be found on their Facebook Page
Many more exciting activities are planned for the coming months and, over the summer holiday period, all groups will scale up their support to children, offering a range of educational activities and classes in the six locations.
Under the USAID-funded project, Yazda is also undertaking the following activities in the region:
Providing lecture-based allowances to 35 teachers in eight schools (ongoing since last December to help address the critical gap in human resources)
Distributing furniture, educational and school supplies to 8 schools on monthly basis
Providing livelihood support to 90 n small business
Providing PSS support to survivors and victims of ISIS human right abuses.
Conducting advocacy for governmental services though Yazda Office in Baghdad.
More photos of volunteer activities can be found in this Album