WASHINGTON—The first FRRME America-funded first aid training course was held recently in northern Iraq as part of an initiative to enable Iraqi women to become economically self-sufficient.
According to Dr. Amal Marogy, chairman of the Aradin Charitable Trust, “Thanks to a generous donation from FRRME America and with the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Aradin was able to provide a two-day first aid training course for 23 Christian, Muslim and Yazidi women.”
Marogy noted that all of the women who attended the course came from remote, rural villages in northern Iraq that do not have adequate health care. The students’ “newly acquired skills and knowledge will undoubtedly save many lives in those villages” before more advanced care can arrive, she said.
FRRME America Chairman Scott Rye said, “This is the first of what is intended to be a series of training sessions that will teach first aid, practical nursing skills and midwifery to women in the region, providing them with the means to earn a living and enable them to remain in Iraq rather than becoming refugees.” Rye noted that the foundation also has partnered with the Aradin Charitable Trust to start up a commercial knitting operation in northern Iraq to provide additional jobs.
Marogy complimented the students, calling them “highly motivated and courageous trainees” and expressed her appreciation for the instructors and local facilitators. She deemed the course a success, adding, “One of the participants said now she knows what to do the next time she sees someone in need, rather than fainting herself.”
The Aradin Charitable Trust helps historic minority communities in the Middle East to preserve their language and heritage and to educate their young people, giving them tools to promote a culture of peace.
FRRME America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes reconciliation, provides relief efforts, advances human rights, and seeks an end to sectarian violence in the Middle East.