Gardening outreach activities for World Children’s Day 

Aveen Ibrahem, our operations manager in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, together with our gardening team, have been busy doing gardening outreach activities with some of the local schools.  

As a way to mark the UN’s World Children’s Day, we visited five schools in Domiz 1 camp and Gawillan camp in November. World Children’s Day is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote children’s welfare, their rights, and awareness among children worldwide. This year’s theme was ‘inclusion for every child’. 

During each school visit, we talked about the benefits of gardening and demonstrated how to nurture a seed into a plant. We also shared our fun Mr & Mrs Cresshead gardening activity, created in collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society. Hundreds of activity sheets and seed packets were gifted to the children of many different age groups.

Aveen says:

Gardening is an important aspect of our culture, where most children are encouraged to help out in the garden from a young age, and gardening knowledge and tips are passed down from one generation to the next.

But it’s important that we bring gardening into the local schools and share the many benefits that gardening brings, in a fun and engaging way, to reach as many children as possible. Not forgetting of course that we want to spread the message about our work, to encourage our young gardeners to get growing at home and enter our competitions. Our budding gardeners of the future.

Gardening outreach in Domiz 1 camp Kobani School and Giyan School

Gardening outreach in Gawillan campKwilan School, Afrin School and Jakar Khoen School 

Our thanks go to Othman and Laila, our garden coordinators in Gawillan camp, for sharing their gardening ‘know how’ with the children. 

We plan to visit more schools across camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in the coming weeks.   

About the schools in refugee and IDP camps 

Each refugee and IDP (internally displaced people) camp in the Kurdistan Region tends to have a least one school, which all children are encouraged to attend. Education, including post-16 education, is provided free of charge and children go to school in either the morning or the afternoon. Find out more about daily life in Domiz 1 camp, the home of our headquarters in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. 

Make your own Mr & Mrs Cressheads at home  

We’re happy to share our Mr & Mrs Cresshead family gardening activity with you so that you can have fun at home – it’s available in English, Arabic, Farsi and Ukrainian (with French coming soon!). Download for free, alongside other activities in our ‘Lenny Lemon’ collection, from our resources area

 

At this time of year when the weather is turning colder in refugee and IDP (internally displaced people) camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, our gardening activities are more important than ever to bring people together and give them hope for their futures. That’s why, this Christmas, we have launched a special appeal, where … Continued

For the last few winters, the road linking the four sections of the Azadi Community Garden in Domiz 1 camp has become extremely waterlogged. Heavy winter rains often wash away the top layer, leaving deep ruts in both sides and with each heavy rainfall, the roads become fast flowing streams and in the case of … Continued

We’ve set up a mini library in our lounge area of the Azadi Community Garden in Domiz 1 camp. It’s a small way we can help our children to grow and flourish.  Right now we only have a few books in our cabinet but we will continue to add to our small collection so that … Continued