In light of recent events in Mosul, many organizations have been working hard on bringing back education through rehabilitating schools by providing books and classroom supplies.
Abdullah and Hasan are the two AUIS students from Mosul, who are working to gather AUIS students to help rebuild the education system. Abdullah Zainulabdeen is a student of the Academic Preparatory Program, he joined AUIS because he believed that he can make a change. To him, AUIS is a place where he can speak his mind, “it reshapes my personality”.
Abdullah is the founder and CEO of Volunteer With Us, an organization that aims to rebuild the Iraqi society one city at a time. The organization works on many projects across the country through teams located in different cities. In addition to education, their work also deals with relief and community development.
With the support of his team, he is currently working on a project called “Tomorrow, we Graduate”. The goal of the project is to provide bags and books to students in Mosul. They hosted a Back-to-School festival in Mosul on October 5, 2017, and invited students and their parents to receive school supplies. .
“We want to share hope with one thousand orphans in Mosul,” he said, “so we took the responsibility and have accepted all the challenges to go forward with this festival.” He urges students to support their campaigns either through volunteering with the team and donating money, or simply spreading the word by sharing their posts on social media.
Hasan Ahmed is a senior engineering student at AUIS, working with a local NGO called Youth and Student Association for Development (YSAD). The organization works on developing Iraqi youth into future leaders. So far, YSAD helped clean and rehabilitate over 200 schools. They also helped restore over 2,000 books at the central library of the University of Mosul.
On his recent visit to Mosul, Hasan saw what the city had become: “When I visited Mosul for the first time in three years, in July, I was very sad to see devastated buildings, houses, and streets everywhere. I wanted to help with anything to make my city look better.” Hearing about YSAD’s work, he joined their effort in rehabilitating the city.
The NGO is self-supportive and needs help in reaching out to the international community. Hasan, hails from Mosul and is able to translate in English, he decided to help. “AUIS gave me the chance to learn English which most people wish to learn,” he said. He calls for AUIS students to help where they can, “If anyone could help in connecting those local youth NGOs with foreign NGOs, it would be great and appreciated!”
Both Abdullah and Hasan urge AUIS students to contribute in any way they can. Follow the Volunteer With Us Facebook page to find out how.