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Rwanga Foundation and a Group of Orphans Join Hands to Celebrate Earth Day

DUHOK,  Kurdistan (April 22, 2017) - People around the  world celebrated Earth Day, Rwanga Foundation with the support of a group of  orphans, organized various environmental activities to contribute to an event,  globally known as the campaign to empower global citizens with knowledge to  inspire actions for environmental protection.

''The aim of the activities were to spread awareness in the community and encourage people to take actions for environmental protection and protect the earth.'' said Afram Ablahad, Head of Office at the Rwanga Foundation's Duhok Office.

Every year on April 22nd, Earth Day with many activities and events is celebrated worldwide. Duhok province also actively participated in this celebration, the activities took place in Zawita Forest where over 20 Orphans and some 25 Volunteers got involved in this activity to protect the mother nature. One of the activities included painting trees and drawing green earth images on the walls to remind and encourage people in protecting the planet Earth. A cleaning campaign was organized among other activities to stimulate actions for environmental protection. Moreover, Planting saplings was also a planned activity by the Orphans and Volunteers supporting the fact that trees combat global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen, contributing to soil health, retaining water, and cooling overheated urban areas.

Earth Day, is an event to learn more about the earth and its environment, Rwanga Foundation designed the activities to educate the people and convey the importance of planting trees. It has been proved that a single mature tree absorbs around 13 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year, while a younger, actively growing tree may absorb up to 26 pounds of CO2, per year—approximately five tons per acre of trees. As a part of support in spreading the awareness message, social medias were also present to cover the event activities.

Rwanga Foundation Marks Kurdistan Environment Day

ERBIL, Kurdistan (April 16, 2017) –  Rwanga Foundation marked Kurdistan Environment Day with awareness campaigns and  activities to raise awareness and encourage people to take positive environmental actions to protect nature and the planet Earth in two biggest  cities of Kurdistan, Erbil and Sulaimani.

In Erbil, a campaign was held under the name of '' Yes for a Cleaner Environment ''. the campaign was in partnership with Sarwar Institute. '' The aim of the campaign is to spread two messages to the people. The first message is to let them know we are all responsible to the environment. Secondly, we must take positive actions for a cleaner environment'' said Sarwi Nasradeen, Head of the institute. '' Thanks for Rwanga Foundation that supported the campaign and made it happen'' he added.

Rwanga Foundation provided plastic bags, gloves and other items to some 700 people who participated in the campaign to collect the waste on the main road of Bahrka Town. Beside Rwanga Foundation's team, Students, Teachers, Volunteers and Government Employees participated in the campaign.'' using the campaign we can inspire the young generation to create a cleaner environment'' said Omer Mala-Hamdi , 31, a volunteer in the campaign.

Moreover, Rwanga Foundation supported Kurdistan Environment Day activities in Sulaimani province - arranged by Municipality of Sulaimani- by distributing leaflets  and helping in collecting waste.

The activities took place at Dabashan area where Head of Sulaimani municipality team, team/ Director of Parks, Head of Environment Board in Sulaimani and a group of volunteers participated.

Back in 2007, The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Environment Ministry designated April 16 as Kurdistan's Environment Day.

Rwanga Foundation Holds Keep Kurdistan Clean Campaign

ERBIL,  Kurdistan (April 7, 2017) - To fortify public awareness and promote efforts to  improve environment,

 Rwanga Foundation, in coordination with a group of volunteers,  launched a one-day awareness campaign 

in selected picnic spots of Erbil  Governorate.

The campaign was aimed at spreading awareness and making picnic spots cleaner. Ari Aladdin, Senior Employer Outreach

 Coordinator at Rwanga Foundation said “We strongly believe that improved environmental condition enhances the quality

 of life for the region and cultivates National pride. Today, we have brought necessary items for the volunteers with extra plastic

 bags to distribute among the picnickers so that they will also be actively involved in collecting the trash.’’

Rwanga Foundation provided transportation, plastic bags, gloves and other items, making sure safety for the volunteers. 

Savana Halgurd aged 16, was one of the youngest volunteer who participated in the campaign commented 

‘’ the community has given me a lot. It is now my turn to take care and serve it. I am young, and I want to be

 an example for other youths of my age to help serving the community because we are a part of this community and we have 

to keep it clean for the future generations’’.

Lazha Kurda, a University graduate who brought the volunteers together added ‘’the plan is to spend one day by

 giving back to the planet in terms of cleaning and raising awareness. We have to inform people about the serious environmental

 issues and threats!  

A large number of plastic bags were distributed to the picnickers. The campaign ran from 10 am to 3 pm on Friday and during the 

campaign, over 200 bags of trash were collected for proper disposal.