DynCorp International is a proud sponsor of Soccer Salam, an emergency campaign to deliver soccer balls and winter supplies to Iraqi children and families in need.
Soccer Salam Campaign
The Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC), Iraqi Children Foundation (ICF), Goals and Dreams, and Karadah Project came together to mobilize emergency aid to Iraqi children and families fleeing the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). According to UN sources, an estimated 1.8 million Iraqis have been displaced since the beginning of 2014, nearly half of which are children.
Soccer Salam is an innovative social media campaign seeking to build support for vulnerable Iraqi children and families fleeing violence. “Salam” is the Arabic word for peace.
Through this program, organizers hope to fill an entire Boeing 737 with soccer balls and winter essentials including winter blankets, sleeping bags, warm clothing and other supplies to benefit 5,000 Iraqi children and families in need.
About the Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC)
The Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit working to advance Iraq’s peace and development through humanitarian advocacy and field work. EPIC was founded in 1998 by U.S. veterans of the 1991 Gulf War and leads lifesaving advocacy on Iraq, supporting the non-governmental organization (NGO) community as chair of the Iraq Crisis NGO Working Group (Iraq-CWG). On the ground in Iraq, EPIC is supporting the educational needs and aspirations of Iraqi youth and Syrian refugee children through TentEd and PhotoVoice Iraq.
About the Iraqi Children Foundation (ICF)
The mission of the 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. They are 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 and emphasizing direct assistance for hand up – not hand out – projects.
About Goals and Dreams
Goals and Dreams is a non-profit organization that seeks to facilitate development of youth in violence ridden areas of the world through sport and education. They maintain a global network of volunteers with particular focus on Iraq and Afghanistan.
About The Karadah Project
The Karadah Project’s mission is to build long-term partnering and mentoring relationships between individuals and groups in Iraq and Afghanistan and the United States. They envision a world made better by equal access to ideas and partnering opportunities that empower people and communities to solve their own challenges and create their own destinies where sustainability, growth and innovation build civil, stable and economically productive communities.