Amongst the displaced populations of the middle east, the Yazidi people have suffered particularly harshly at the hands of ISIS (also known as DAESH). There are numerous confirmed accounts of Yazidi girls being raped, tortured, murdered, burned to death and turned into sex slaves.
There are currently very considerable numbers of Yazidi girls spread across a number of refugee camps on the boarders of Kurdistan (as well as within Greek refugee camps). We have been invited to work with groups and organisations in Kurdistan, in order to get up to 1000 girls back into education.
At the moment we are still carrying out background and preparatory work for this project, as the complexities of working in the penumbra of a conflict zone are extremely demanding. Initial plans are that we would work with other organisations which would provide accommodation for schooling, whilst we focus on providing secure and sustainable learning. The project would last five years, by the end of which we would leave the school in the hands of the community operating sustainably. We are currently fund raising for the project as it will require about £2.5m over 5 years. (For comparative purposes the equivalent costs for opening an equivalent sized school in Europe would be about £15m over the same period, not including the actual capital costs of building the school). We do not yet have a secure funding stream to support this project so it is unable to move any further forward at this time.