Yezidis International has helped hundreds of people throughout Iraq by providing urgent humanitarian supplies during dire situations to people who need our help right now. Our unique knowledge and footprint with our partners on the ground in Iraq allow us to target supplies to those who are in desperate circumstances. However, some of the best ways we can help a community to recover from oppression and massacre is by empowering them. This is why Yezidis International has taken up empowerment projects to help the Yezidis.
Shortly after YI members met with Sri Sri Ravi Shanker, Founder of Art of Living and Spiritual from India,110 tons of relief material (Food, water, winter clothing and other supplies) was collected for Yazidi refugees by IAHV with help of international and local NGOs (NPA, POA, LDS Charities and Higher council for women).
When members of YI visited camps they also passed out clothing item to kids in camps. They also partnered with Humanity to distribute basic necessities. After interviewing many of the women who were returned from hands of ISIS, each woman was given a gift of $100 to purchase some basic necessities.
Currently, there is a shortage of basic necessities wherever Yezidis have taken up shelter. Most of the displaced families have few clothes, and are, in general, woefully unprepared to face the extreme weather whether its cold of winter or the heat of summer. There is also shortage of basic needs such as food . The government is too occupied to be concerned with corruption that is going on of the aid already sent.
HELP CHILDREN IN CAMPS CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION
The kids in camps are consumed by the tragedy that took place in their homes. YI wants to help students to continue their education and provide them with a positive distraction from the dire situation they are in. For these young kids education is the answer to an empowered Yezidi community.
SUPPORT STUDENTS IN COLLEGE
YI is committed to helping and finding every meaningful way of helping the Yezidis and education is the greatest help we can offer to start people on a greater path which will lead to an empowered community and a better future. Yezidi students are unable to fund their education anymore. Many lost everything due to ISIS, many of them have opted to leave school. These students are the beacon of light, the beacon of hope for the Yezidis generations to come.
The few Yezidi students who are in India studying Bachelors in Pharmacy are one of the brightest hopes for the Yezidi community worldwide since Yezidis in Iraq have been kept away from pursuing higher studies for decades
There are presently 15 Yezidi students in India. They were so far being supported by their parents back in Iraq. However, because of ISIS attacks, they are finding it difficult to pursue studies. Some of them have even gone back to Iraq discontinuing their schooling. If they are helped then they will be more empowered to support the Yezidi cause worldwide.Each student needs $2200 as tuition fees and $3600 for food, housing and other expenses. Even if a small amount is raised, it will go a long way in supporting the cause of the Yezidis as these students are the brightest hope for the community, globally.
Helping the Yezidi students is one of the many projects YI is planning on undertaking, but we need your support
We all know how important education is. But for someone who escaped the hostile environment in Iraq and started studying in India, education is a lucky gift. Lets join hands and donate to help support the Yezidis students to continue their education. This will ensure a good earning, so that they in turn can support their families and community who are unfortunate victims of the genocide that happening with the Yezidis in Iraq.
MEDICAL RELIEF CAMP
Lack of medical help along with unhygienic living conditions, malnutrition, trauma, heat of the Summer is causing many to suffer.Many people in Kurdistan cannot take their children to see a doctor because they allow one person from a family every 15 days.
While developing skills is central to our mission, we see medical treatment to be necessary step to empowering the community. Our medical team, which consists of eight people ,is ready to volunteer their time to administer and distribute any medical help sent in form of medications or purchase the medication.
Help Children like Dilleen
Yezidis International ties up with Lantos Foundation and Sewa International to Help 3 year Old Dilleen with funding for her surgeryDilleen Tarq Khedr is a three year old in camp Kabarto, Kurdistan, Iraq. On early August 2015, a surgery was set that her parents couldn’t afford but that could mean a difference between life and death for a child of three. She has brain tumor but the family cannot afford such amount after fleeing their homes in frenzy from ISIS. Her situation sums up the story of nearly half a million Yezidi who lost everything and in many cases even relatives and loved ones.$2000 was donated. However by the time treatment is completed, it can cost more than $15,000. She has gone through chemotherapy, lost sight in both eyes, and the brain is swelling.Also see this article http://www.breitbart.com
MOVE PEOPLE AWAY FROM SCENE OF THEIR MASSACRE
When ISIS attacked Sinjar, within days, hundreds of thousands of Yezidi families became displaced and scattered over three different countries. Those were the lucky ones.
Nearly 6,000 women and children have been taken hostage where the women are used as sex slaves and children as jihadist. Some were massacred immediately.
– in the Yezidi village of Kojo where the terrorist militia massacred over 600 Yezidis and abduct 1,000 women and children a few days later.
-At 6 a.m., over 100 Yezidis in the village Til Ezer
– Hundreds of elderlies and children died on Mount Sinjar where Up to 60,000 Yezidis searched for protection in their. They had to endure for days at temperatures above 45 ° C without water and food.
– It is estimated that over 5,000 Yezidis have been slaughtered so far. More than 10 mass graves have been discovered.
EDUCATE THE PUBLIC
YI is also devoting time to raising awareness, educating the public, and preserving Yezidi faith. Click here to see a partial list of Yezidis International’s press and media appearances. We’ve been honored to speak throughout the globe through media to create awareness and stir American’s hearts to action.
We have also spoken during events in six different countries and in different states in Canada, USA, and Sweden.
Make a decision to help today! Your gifts allow the following items to be provided safely on the ground in Iraq:
Food parcels and clean water
Medicine and medical supplies
Shelter, tents, warm blankets, and mattresses
Other basic necessities like diapers, clothing, and toiletries