UPDATE: Through generous donations, enough has been raised internationally to cover the costs of building the whole project. Any funds we now receive will be used to cover the costs of machinery and equipment for the workshop and not for the building (sadaqa jariya).
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The Luminous Stars Centre
The Luminous Stars Centre is Al-Ayn’s most recent Sadaqa Jariya Project, and is being built on land adjacent to Al-Ayn (Iraq)’s headquarters in Al-Kadhimiyah.
The project aims to light a beacon of hope for the orphans by providing them with an opportunity to achieve their aspirations, developing them to become luminous stars. The project has two main sections
1) Psychological Rehabilitation Centre
Due to terrorism they have witnessed and trauma they have been through, many orphans face psychological conditions that need urgent attention. This centre aims to provide psychological rehabilitation, through innovative methods such as play therapy. This will build on the positive experience of the current psychological rehabilitation centre in the Headquarters.
2) Vocational Training Centre
The main aim of this centre is to provide vocational training to orphans who have not completed their education, enabling them to learn a vocation that will sustain them, and improve the living standards of their family. The centre will also give an opportunity to train orphans who are still studying, during the school holidays.
Al-Ayn will take the responsibility of finding suitable jobs for the graduates of these workshops. Where needed, it will provide the graduates with a loan to support them find a suitable job.
The Vocational Training Centre consists of two types of workshops,
1- Academic and Educational Workshops: including halls for lectures, and workshops to teach life-skills, management skills, English and so on.
2- Vocational Workshops to teach specific jobs
Trainees will be encouraged to participate and excel through a small stipend, either based on lectures attended or a daily basis. Those who excel in the workshops will be rewarded accordingly. Upon completion of the workshop, the trainee will be given a certificate authenticated by the official bodies in Iraq.
The types of vocational workshops offered will be based on market need, and re-evaluated regularly. The workshops could provisionally include:
Blacksmithing, Carpentry, Computer Programming, Computer Repairs, Cookery, Mobile and smart devices repairs, Nursing, Hairdressing, Sewing, Aluminium, Electrical, Plumbing, Photography and Photoshop, Handcrafts, Interior Design and more.
Target Group: Male and Female Orphans, aged 12 and above
Methods of Support
1) Contribute one metre square of the project, which is approximately £450. You can donate on this page, or by bank transfer.
2) Purchase contribution vouchers: these are available for £5, £10, £20 and £50.
3) Set up a monthly standing order, to support this project and other Sadaqa Jariya projects in the future. Click here to download a form.
4) Text AYNV10 £10 to 70070
Account Name: Al-Ayn Social Care Foundation
Account No: 20315753
Sort Code: 20-35-93
Bank Name: Barclays
Reference: AYN VOC
Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm the transfer. If you would like us to post the vouchers to you, we kindly request an additional £1 to cover postage costs.
* Please note excess donations will be used to fund similar projects