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Home away from home

René Rommel | Jan 06, 2020

A Syrian family poses outside their new Kiwanis-donated home in Iraq.

Thanks to the support of the Kiwanis Club Gaiserwald-Tannenberg, a Syrian family has a new place to live in Erbil, Iraq. 

Due to attacks by Isis and the recapture of land, more than 1.5 million refugees, including nearly 1 million children and youth, live in refugee camps in the Kurdistan region. There is no prospect of returning home.

Many of the refugees’ tents are five years old and need to be replaced in order to withstand the region’s extreme climatic conditions. By replacing the tents and constructing small houses for the families, the Kiwanis Club Gaiserwald-Tannenberg, together with many private donors, make a major contribution for a more humane life in the camps.

The club supports a large-scale project of the Roman Catholic Church in Kurdistan. Gaiserwald-Tannenberg Kiwanian Andreas Mestka attended the presentation of the new house to the family.

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