On 4th December 2015, The World Federation joined other shia organisations under the banner ZAINABIYYA ALLIANCE FOR REFUGEES to lead a second trip to Greece to assist refugees arriving on Europe’s shores. The following is a daily report from a volunteer of our team’s work in Lesvos, Greece.
Posted on Tue, 2014-12-09 10:59
In commemoration of Arba’een (40th day after the events of Karbala), pilgrims from around the world travel to Iraq to take part in the annual 3-day walk from Najaf to Karbala. In addition to its spiritual merit, many individuals and groups augment this experience by walking this 80km road to raise funds in the name of Imam Husayn (as) and the martyrs of Karbala in support of a worthy cause. This year, The World Federation is pleased to launch its second annual N2K WALK 2014 fundraising campaign and is inviting pilgrims who are planning to trek from Najaf to Karbala to raise money for its IRAQ RELIEF FUND to support displaced families in Iraq.
To view the ‘Sponsorship Opportunity’ leaflet, click on the PDF attached.
WHAT IS THE IRAQ RELIEF FUND?
Over 1.8 million people are displaced within Iraq; there are about 500,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Southern Iraq alone. The World Federation has identified 1,000 Iraqi families (approximately 10,000 Internally Displaced Persons) who are in urgent need of emergency aid. These families were forced out of their homes, communities and cities with only the clothes on their backs. Today, many of them have taken shelter in temporary dwellings along the road from Najaf to Karbala in search of security and relief.
The World Federation’s IRAQ RELIEF FUND aims to provide short, medium and long term support to displaced families in Iraq. Our immediate initiative is to provide care for 1,000 displaced families who have found refuge in Najaf, Karbala and areas South of Iraq by gifting them with a ‘Welcome Package’. Each package will include:
- Food rations
- Hygiene products
WHO ARE SOME OF THE BENEFICIARY FAMILIES?
Every displaced man, woman and child has a unique story to tell. Click on the following two links to read about the stories of four families whose lives have been turned upside down due to the conflict in Iraq. With your support, we can deliver the urgently needed ‘Welcome Packages’ to these families.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
The people of Iraq need your help. This Arba’een, walk for the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) of Iraq and make every step count by inviting donors to support your cause. Raise money for the IRAQ RELIEF FUND by asking your family, friends, and others to sponsor your walk with a donation.
To help you with your efforts, you can set up an online fundraising page on www.justgiving.com (event name: N2K WALK 2014 – IRAQ RELIEF). As well, drop us an email at email@example.com to let us know that you are fundraising for Iraq.
For more information on this initiative:
- View the ‘Sponsorship Opportunity’ leaflet attached
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
This year several individuals, couples and families will be embarking on the spiritual journey of walking from Najaf to Karbala to commemorate Arba’een. These people from different parts of the world will unite to complete an 80km walk through war-torn Iraq from the holy city of Najaf to the land of Karbala. They shall walk for three days during the daytime with the scorching desert sun bearing down upon them and they will rest in the evenings in makeshift tents, when the blistering cold takes over as temperatures rapidly plummet.
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