It has been and still is holiday season in some parts of the world. Also we have been experiencing extreme heat and drought all over this summer. This is now becoming more frequent as climate change goes on.
Climate change means more people on the move. More displacement. More refugees. Sustainable development goals are not for fun. They are a must.
We all can have an impact and we must act now. What are the choices you make in your daily life to prevent and ease climate change?
It has been an exciting and intresting year so far. To get a strong supporter like Ulla Tuominen Foundation is having a huge impact on our work and plans. Now it is time for us to enjoy the joys of summer. We hope you to do so too. See you in August.
Khalaf is learning to use his new camera and laptop. He sent us some beautiful photos from his camp in Iraq during sunset. We are looking forward his stories about education there. Meanwhile enjoy this:
He just messaged me on FB that he got the camera delivery today. He also got himself a new laptop from YES. Now we are looking forward to videos and photos by him to learn more about the daily life in Iraqi refugee camp. And ofcource how it is to go to school there. Best of luck Khalaf 👍.
Our camera donation to Khalaf has reached YES, a charity in the UK. Y.E.S provides emergency aid to the most vulnerable and in need Yezidis. Specifically those displaced from their homes and living in tents in Iraq, as a result of a genocide against their people.
Their team on the ground identifies and verifies each case in need and provides them with much-needed medical care, general aid and assistance.
We know each other from Greece and because they have excellent contacts to Iraq, we decided to ship the donation through them. Thank you Anne for your marvelous work and collaboration for the genocide survivors.
Remember Khalaf the Yazidi boy living in Iraqi refugee camp, who wants to become a journalist? We posted some of his work on this blog. A camera donation we got is now on its way to Iraq as a part of our small scholarship program. It will be possible through Anne in the UK from Yazidi Emergency Support. We are looking forward to some new work from Khalaf with a better camera. Stay tuned you too.
We continue our small scholarships giving and now we decided to get a Finnish-Arabic learning book to Hamza. Hamza is from Syria and one of the hardest working and motivated pupils I know. In addition to Finnish he wants to learn more English simply, because he thinks it is good for his future.
Hamza also promised me that I learn more Arabic through this book too. Zukran to that Hamza.
Here we can all learn special needs vocabulary in Finnish and Arabic. Pyörätuoli means wheelchair.
Teachers 4 Refugees was visiting Athens to meet some of our partners. Spring is already in Athens. Our journey was not so smooth this time: poor weather in Istanbul made delays on flight schedule and thief took my wallet while walking in the center. None was harmed though. Sometimes climate change and austerity reminds us this way.
We also were able to meet Shah, a refugee from Belochistan in Pakistan I got to know in Lesvos 2015. He has started an initiative with abandonded and strsy dogs. We were happy to support his cause with some dog food. Increasing working life participation among refugees is one of the core tasks in order to increase participation in firmal education.
This week we are posting Khalafs work. He is a 17 year old Yazidi boy living in a refugee camp in Iraq. These two published stories are very strong and about the extreme choices Yazidies have been forced to make. It is our duty to share these stories. If they have been forced to this I must at least listen to their stories and share them with the world.