DynCorp International is again a proud sponsor of the “In their Shoes” 5K Fun Run/Walk to benefit the Iraqi Children Foundation (ICF). The event will be held May 10, 2014, at Cameron Run Regional Park in Alexandria, Va.
All funds raised through the event will directly impact ICF’s goal to raise $50,000 for food, tutoring, and emotional care for desperately poor and vulnerable orphans and street children in Iraq.
According to a December 2012 UNICEF report, Iraq is experiencing an urgent orphan crisis and estimates the number of orphans in Iraq today at 800,000. Street children are also estimated in the thousands. These children are dangerously vulnerable to recruitment and exploitation by criminals or terrorists, as well as physical abuse, human trafficking, and other risks, making ICF’s mission all the more critical.
The Iraqi Children Foundation (formerly Sponsor Iraqi Children Foundation) is an independent, nonsectarian, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charity that is committed to providing loving care to the most vulnerable of Iraq’s orphans and street children. ICF funds a special safe haven where 120 children received care last year, including nutritious meals, tutoring, health care, art and recreation, and other services. In 2012, ICF took child trauma experts from the award-winning Children’s Village of NY to Baghdad to train Iraqi caregivers in creative tools to address children trauma.
The mission of the Sponsor Iraqi Children Foundation is to assist the families and communities of Iraq by mobilizing a life-changing “Surge of Love” for millions of children orphaned by violence in Iraq. SICF is committed to doing this under the leadership of the Iraqi people by:
- Serving as a catalyst to mobilize U.S. and international partners
- Investing in training and capacity building of Iraq’s non-governmental and community organizations
- Emphasizing direct assistance for hand up, not hand out, projects