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Rwanga Foundation Celebrates World Autism Awareness Day

ERBIL, Kurdistan, April 2, 2017 -About  200 children and parents gathered in Autism Center on Sunday to celebrate The World  Autism Day, spreading positive energy among all by performing live music coupled  with many other activities by a group of kids. 

This activity was organized by Rwanga Foundation in coordination with Lara Private School as a support to the Autistic children.

Sarwin Sardar came into contact with the Autistic Center years ago following the diagnosis of her son, who is now 9 years old.“Such event supports us, as parents, and our kids. It is also showing solidarity from the community that helps us to connect more with other parents of Autistic Children''.

The cost of the event was collected from donations of a previously held Art Gallery at Shanedar Park ( by Lara Private School in partnership with Rwanga Foundation) to showcase the children’s natural artistic skills by selling their artworks to support their needs.

Bahar Rafiq, psychologist and Head of the Autistic Centre in Erbil added “The Country is in financial crises, and this support during the World Autism Day is really vital for the kids of our center and the families who are happier to be a part of it''.

In addition to the cost of the activities, the Art Gallery's earnings was spent on educational kits, CCTV Cameras and clothes. The rest of the earnings was spent to support the Autism Centre's needs including a two-month salary of an additional therapist to help the kids of the centre.

Rwanga Foundation and MyeDream Joint Effort for Supporting Youth

Erbil, Kurdistan – On September 1st, 2016 Rwanga Foundation celebrated the achievement of the joint effort with MyeDream, in launching the MyeDream Erbil Bootcamp and Championship Day. MyeDream, in partnership with Rwanga Foundation, aims to benefit youth and young professionals across all Kurdistan and Iraq. The Championship Day is a culmination of a two week MyeDream Erbil Bootcamp, during which 13 start-up ideas and teams of 30 young people were trained on how to turn their dreams and ideas into viable businesses through training in visioning, human-centered design, business model, customer discovery, and market research. The MyeDream Erbil Bootcamp kicked off on World Humanitarian Day, Aug 19th, with 165 youth registered, 37 ideas pitched, and a 12-day hackathon and workshop, supported by and carried out at Rotana Erbil. Among the thirteen ideas, three were awarded for the most creative work; Online Appointment project took the first place, Freelancers project took the second and third winner was Best Discount team’s project.

The objective of the first event of its kind in Kurdistan is to enable young people of all backgrounds with innovative ideas or the drive to solve problems they face in their daily lives to have the space, skills, and systematic connections to help them succeed in starting their own small and medium enterprises. Based on global best practices and in collaboration with leading incubators such as 1776, Invest2Innovate, and Wamda, the MyeDream model is a critical precursor to engaging youth in reviving the economy, rebuilding the economy, and creating jobs in a diversified and sustainable private sector.

This partnership comes at a critical time in the Kurdistan Region, when we are amidst a serious economic crisis and challenges that require solutions are not business as usual. Private sector growth, corporate governance, and supporting the culture of entrepreneurship are critical to turning the tide of economic downturns and creating a diversified private sector-led economy that benefits everyone, especially youth, women, and marginalized communities. The event was attended by the spokesman of HE DPM Qubad Talabani, HE the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, HE the US Consul General, IO, Representative Ministry of Culture and Youth and other notable members of the Kurdistan Regional Government, business community, and civil society.

Rwanga Awards 2016 Officially Announced

ERBIL, Kurdistan Aug 10, 2016 – On Wednesday morning at Erbil International Hotel, Rwanga Foundation with representatives from Phonetic Tone our Diamond Sponsor, Carrefour Hyper Market, Legacy Construction, Hawkari Group, Life, Mono Art and Rixos Hotel our Gold Sponsors announced the third Annual Rwanga Awards ceremony celebrating the continuous search of youth talents in Kurdistan.

Rwanga Awards of 2014 was hosted in Kurdistan’s capital city of Erbil, 2015 ceremony took place in Sulaimani at the Talary Hunar (Arts Palace) and for this year 2016 it will take place in Duhok City. The impetus for Rwanga Foundation’s decision to hold the event in Duhok city is to demonstrate that the ceremony is held for Kurdistan in totality and it is planned that each year Rwanga Awards will be hosted in different cities.

With the success of this project in 2014 and 2015, this year Rwanga was able to tie up and attract

Sponsorship from well established companies in Kurdistan. Recognizing youth talent is not the only reason that the sponsors have donated this time, as we all are aware that Kurdistan is coping up with a magnitude of simultaneous security crises (e.g. financial, military, humanitarian, energy, etc.) which have greatly impacted citizens and residents in recent time. The sponsors have partnered with Rwanga Foundation’s initiative to get involved in Rwanga Awards to remain steadfast in the crucial pursuit of both retaining and cultivating youth talent.

This year’s competition will accept work from youths in Kurdistan across eight different sectors: Entrepreneurship, Photography, Recycled art, Scientific innovation, Short film, Short story, Drawing and Solo musician. Talent sector was chosen by the foundation based on a vision for youths and their creativities. One winner will be selected for each category based on their submitted work before their respective panel of judges.

The deadline for submissions is on November 10, 2016.