Our projects range in size and vary from providing medical equipment to a village clinic, to building toilet facilities in a school that previously had none, and installing water purification systems. Our projects use materials sourced locally, and local contractors, to boost the local economies.
The changing environment in the areas where we operate is a constant challenge but the Foundation is flexible to this by remaining innovative and committed. We are very proud of this aspect as we believe we are uniquely placed to help.
Some recent projects include:
Al Najeem Community Health Clinic – November 2014
The small rural community of Al Najeem is located within the southern region of the Zubayr oil field. Although the village itself is not particularly big, its main road provides a route link for a huge number of security vehicles each day. The Al Najeem Community Health Clinic is strategically placed to serve the rural community, though it has become overwhelmed by families in search of medical care. Its director claims to have a patient list in the region of 8-10,000 and like most remote government health facilities, the clinic is under resourced. It currently employs one part-time doctor and an assistant, along with an ambulance driver and a pharmacist who all deal with a wide range of issues such as women’s and children’s primary health care.
The Aegis Foundation has been able to support the clinic and its staff by providing a number of essential items including wheelchairs, blood pressure monitors, dentistry equipment, an air-conditioning unit and a water cooler for the waiting room and play area. During the presentation, local government dignitaries thanked the Aegis Foundation for their continued engagement in civil affairs projects and the positive impact on the local community.
Othman Bin Hanaif School – September 2014
An opportunity for another foundation project in Zubayr, Basra Province was recently identified. Othman Bin Hanaif School is located on the boundary between two very deprived areas of Zubayr, an area where Aegis work, live and recruit local staff from. The school was struggling to accommodate pupils over the age of nine because of a shortage of teaching space. The alternative was to travel to another school which for many families was beyond their means. The school desperately needed an extra classroom that would not only alleviate overcrowding but allow pupils to remain in education for another two years.
The school is a central and integral part of the community. Through providing the much-needed additional classroom, as well as furniture and stationery, the Aegis Foundation was able to make a real practical difference to the lives of local children. The Aegis country management team in Basra managed the project closely and have reported a positive impact on relations with the local community as a result.
Al Zubayr Widows’ Association – July 2014
The Aegis Foundation has recently donated sewing machines and other equipment to support the town council’s initiative to establish a seamstress training scheme & workshop in the town of Al Zubayr. The scheme will provide training and future employment opportunities to the district’s widows’ association.
In addition to unemployment, poverty rates in the region are exceptionally high with an overwhelming number of families financially dependent on hand-outs from local government. Iraq’s social structure dictates that men are full time workers and women, full time carers. Thus, women and children are financially dependent upon men. As part of an ongoing local initiative to develop skills and create new jobs, and with the assistance of the Foundation, the workshop will give widows in Al Zubayr the chance to acquire new skills and the potential to generate some extra income in the textile industry.
Families from Syria and Northern Iraq have also recently joined the association. Twenty five women from the Association attended the recent opening ceremony.
Marefat School Mini Bus – February 2014
In addition to projects in Iraq and as part of our commitment to support the education of individuals in regions affected by armed conflict, The Aegis Foundation was recently able to support a school in Afghanistan by providing a 20-seater mini bus. Marefat High School opened in 2001 in one of the most devastated parts of Kabul. It was founded by Aziz Royesh with the support of Baroness D’Souza, now Lord Speaker of the House of Lords. The school had been renting buses to enable students living 10-15km away to have access to education, particularly girls who have no other way of getting to school. The winter months are harsh in Kabul and travel can be difficult. This bus will make it easier for pupils and staff to access the school therefore having a positive impact on their lives and the surrounding community.
Imam Anas Medical Centre – January 2014
The Imam Anas medical centre was built by the British Military in 2008, when the village was still relatively small. Since this time the expanding population has overwhelmed the centre and they are treating up to 150 patients a day. Through community engagement, the centre was identified as being in urgent need of further health care resources and equipment. The Aegis Foundation has assisted the medical centre by purchasing vital pieces of equipment including blood pressure monitors, stethoscopes, wheelchairs and crutches. Upon delivery of the equipment, the Clinic Manager said that it would have an immediate impact and assist those most in need within the community. Through small outreach projects such as this, the Aegis Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people in communities that have been affected by conflict.
North Rumaila Clinic – June 2013
The North Rumaila Clinic in Iraq was known to the Aegis Foundation because it is an integral part of a community in which Aegis operate. The clinic lacked essential medical equipment, and existing equipment was broken or outdated. Through discussions with the senior staff at the clinic, the Aegis Foundation compiled a list of exactly equipment they required and which would not only serve the clinic itself, but also the two ambulances run by the clinic. The equipment list included wheelchairs, blood pressure monitors, bed mattress covers and stethoscopes. The staff at the clinic were extremely grateful for the equipment, which has enabled them to improve the standard of medical care provided to the local community.
Iraqi Police EOD Centre Build – May 2013
The Iraqi Police EOD Headquarters requested the assistance of the Aegis Foundation to complete the build of their training classroom, enabling education to the Iraqi Special Forces. A core principle of the Aegis Foundation is to provide sustainable, enabling projects. Through this project, the Foundation provided valuable teaching equipment to the Iraqi Police training centre, including chairs and projector equipment. This made possible the delivery of Explosion Ordnance Detection training, directly assisting in minimising the long-term risk from explosive ordnance. The Aegis team were kindly invited to attend the inaugural lectures (pictured).
Judaid School Project – April 2013
The Aegis Foundation identified the Judaid Primary School in Iraq as in need of assistance. The school was in a very poor condition, with no toilet facilities despite having 150 students who predominately come from the deprived families in the surrounding village. The Foundation employed a local contractor to build a toilet block, with separate facilities for boys and girls. We also provided 80 school packs which included school bags, T-shirts, stationery and note books, markers for the teachers and footballs, all of which were gratefully received by the students and staff.
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