World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

World Vision Helping Iraqi Children


World Vision Helping Iraqi Children

World Vision schemes in Iraqi are helping children return to school and keeping families warm over the coming winter.

In western Iraq, students are returning to school after World Vision New Zealand helped to finance the rehabilitation of schools.

Principal of Tha'era Al Arabiya Girls Primary School, Bushra Mahmoud said children were happy to return to school and some could not believe it was the same school they left before the war.

"Last year and the year before when children came to school they were not comfortable. Now they have a school with nice clean walls and new blackboards. Some children quit school two years ago. However, when they saw the rehabilitation and how good the school looked, they returned," Mrs Mahmoud says.

Ma'en Primary School teacher Khaled Rachid Latif says children now want to return to school.

"It is the same as having new school books, having a new school makes them feel good. Some kids say the school and their classroom is better than the house they live in," Mr Latif says.

World Vision has completed the rehabilitation of 12 primary and secondary schools in the western Iraq town of Al Rutba. Schools were replastered, painted, rewired and had ceiling fans, light fittings, blackboards installed.

In the town of Al Rutba, a new four-classroom school has been built by World Vision. The school was officially opened last week and Principal Nafe'e Hamdan says it is a much needed facility for the town.

Although education is essential for Iraqi children, it isn't the only priority. Keeping families warm for the winter is another focus of World Vision in Al Rutba. About 3,400 families have received 'winterisation kits' containing two jackets, two pairs of shoes, a blanket and household cooking items.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

UN: Decades Of Health Gains At Risk In Brazil Due To COVID-19

Although COVID-19 cases are declining in Brazil, the pandemic is putting decades of public health gains there at risk, the head of the World Health Organization ( WHO ) said on Friday. With global attention and support focused this week ... More>>

UN Report: Myanmar Approaching Point Of Economic Collapse

The turmoil following the military coup in Myanmar, coupled with the impact of COVID-19 could result in up to 25 million people – nearly half of the country’s population, living in poverty by early next year, a United Nations report said on Friday. That ... More>>

World Vision: India’s Second Wave Shows The Global Fight Against COVID-19 Is Far From Won

As India’s COVID-19 daily infection rates reach devastating levels, international aid agency World Vision has warned that the world is nowhere near defeating this virus and some nations are yet to face their worst days. Andrew Morley, World Vision ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

Study: Cut Methane Emissions To Avert Global Temperature Rise

6 May 2021 Methane emissions caused by human activity can be reduced by up to 45 per cent this decade, thus helping to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to a UN-backed ... More>>

UN: Learning From COVID-19, Forum To Highlight Critical Role Of Science, Technology And Innovation In Global Challenges

New York, 4 May —To build on the bold innovations in science, technology and innovations that produced life-saving solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN will bring together experts to highlight measures that can broaden the development and deployment ... More>>

What COVID-19 Has Taught Us: “Healthcare Can No Longer Exist Without Technology”

A grandmother in a village in the Gambia should have the same quality of life and access to healthcare they deserve as in New York or London. Photo: InnovaRx Global Health Start-up Works To Bridge Healthcare Gap In The Gambia By: Pavithra Rao As ... More>>