Ordinary people in real life with active accounts in social media networks can do heroic and huge positive changes in real life!
This idea was brought to life via Iraq Builder’s Project, which is based on using social media platforms and related mobile applications to recruit volunteers and raise donations for initiatives that lead to real positive change within our communities. These initiatives mainly target marginalized groups within society such as underprivileged families, people with special needs, and women.
1 – Helping underprivileged Iraqi families, especially families headed by widows and divorced women, to achieve a decent life through:
• Repair and maintenance of the homes of these families through the effort of volunteers. New roofs were installed for more than 90 houses (until Sep 5th, 2015).
More than 60 in Baghdad
20 in Nassiriyah (375 km south of Baghdad)
1 in Basrah (549 km south of Baghdad)
1 in Najaf (161km south of Baghdad)
2 in Ammarh (356 km south of Baghdad)
7 in Samawah (279 km south of Baghdad)
You can check how far these cities from each other and you can imagine the great efforts of the volunteers who carried this project to other distant places! Check out the map in here!
• Provide jobs for people responsible for these families by providing them with an amount of money to open a business that generates enough profit to meet their basic needs
• Provide direct support to marginalized groups via financial aid, food supplies, and healthcare services.
2 – Helping orphans children obtain a normal social environment far from deprivation, and challenge the social misconception of them as poor and needy. Part of our efforts to achieve that is through several recreational activities organized by the team. For example, lunch invitations with orphans, where each volunteer brings food from his/her home to share with a group of orphans in the Association’s headquarters. Another activity is organizing recreational trips and drawing contests shared between the volunteers and the orphans.
3- Spreading the spirit of volunteerism among young Iraqis by encouraging them to participate in such projects and raising their awareness of the fundamental importance of their contribution in changing our current situation in Iraq to the better.
4- Implementing good and constructive use of social networks.
5- Instilling social co-operation and patriotic spirit concepts as important steps facing challenges in our society.