Help Send Iraqi Orphans to Summer School
Thank you to everyone for your generous contributions to the Numi Campaign!
The funds contributed will support the implementation of a summer school program in 2019 modeled after the successful pilot that launched in 2018.
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About the 2018 Pilot Program:
This summer, 25 sixth graders — mostly orphans and war victims in danger of dropping out of school in the Karkh district of Baghdad — participated in an 8-week long summer school program piloted by the Numi Foundation and Iraq Foundation. The idea for the program began ten years ago, when the CEO of Numi Tea, Ahmed Rahim, a Baghdad native, co-founded the Foundation with the aim of bringing art, gardening, and nature to at-risk children.
After decades of conflict left one in six Iraqi children orphaned and lacking basic education, Rahim was determined to make this idea a reality.
During the 8-week program students participated in a mix of educational and cultural activities, with a focus on art enrichment, including a field trip to the national museum in Baghdad where students were given a guided tour with one of the curators. “They’d never had anything like this experience before and were so happy,” said Ms. Amina Mohammad, who oversaw the program on behalf of the Iraq Foundation.
Parents with children that did not make it into the program in 2018 were so happy with the program, they asked for its expansion to include more students in 2019, said Rend al-Rahim, Director of the Iraq Foundation.
“With the announcement of this successful campaign, we are thrilled to be able to tell students, parents, and teachers that we will be able to build off of this year’s success and expand the program next summer. We are hopeful that with this vote of confidence from the community, we can raise more awareness around the need for educational support for orphans and war victims and ultimately reach more children in more schools. This successful partnership with RootProject gives us a really strong foundation on which to build.” — Darian Rodriguez Heyman, Executive Director of Numi Foundation
“We are so grateful for this partnership with RootProject. Thank you, on behalf of Numi Tea, the Iraq Foundation, and all the students and teachers who learned so much this summer.” –CEO Numi Tea, Ahmed Rahim