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‘It is not enough for us to see the orphaned children fed and sheltered – we believe in sustainable solutions. We want to support them in transforming their tragic past to a bright future.
Luminous stars centres actualise this vision.
– Vocational training on a multitude of fields
– Essential mental health support through psychological rehabilitation centres
– Essential physical health support through on-site health clinics
The support of people like you enabled Al-Ayn to build a pilot centre to address the urgent crisis aid workers were witnessing every day during visits to families. Through the first Luminous Stars Centre in Baghdad, over 1,700 mental health cases were registered. Intervention began to be provided to both the children and their widowed mothers through specialists in Iraq and internationally. We are most grateful for the generosity of people like you who believed in orphaned children and saved lives in crisis. Alongside mental health services, the centre included vocational training workshops that provided skills needed for orphaned youth and widowed mothers to become independent.
Children in Baghdad, Heera and Dewaniya are already benefitting from the essential services the Luminous stars centre is providing.
Hundreds have now graduated from training workshops and are empowered whilst thousands have had successful medical treatments.
Donate now to ensure all 75,000 children sponsored today have access to the same essential services.
Size: 1,720 square metres over 5 floors
Size: 2000 square metres over 4 floors
Najaf – Hirra
Size: 830 square metres over 2 floors
The Luminous Stars centres provide orphaned children with a second chance at life. Each centre aims to rebuild the lives of orphaned children and youth by providing access to psychological rehabilitation and vocational training workshops to allow for orphaned youth to transition into adulthood.
We want to support them into transforming their tragic past into a bright future. We want them to find the confidence to dream big, fulfil their dreams, and inspire others to do the same. We want to see orphaned children leading future generations and representing an important fraction of their communities.
The clinics provide the following services:
Dental care, General medical care, Optometry, Ears, Nose and Throat care (otorhinolaryngology)
In addition, there is a pharmacy that offers the best medicines sourced internationally. Needless to say, all of this is offered to orphaned children and those in need free of charge.
All these departments are equipped with the latest technology and run by qualified specialists, who volunteer their time and expertise to provide care and attention to orphaned children and their families.
The Medical Centre also caters for regular patients, whose examination fees are used for the benefit of orphaned children supported by Al-Ayn.
At Al-Ayn, we strongly believe that mental health matters. That is why psychological rehabilitation has been at the forefront of our mission for years. Though over 1700 cases have already been registered, many more children are awaiting critical interventions to address their various mental health needs.
The Psychological Rehabilitation clinics at 16 Luminous Stars Centres in Baghdad, Basra, Diwaniya, Muthanna, Najaf, Karbala, Al-Hilla, Diyala and Wasit, not only improve access to vital care for orphaned children wherever they may live but also deliver essential vocational training workshops to children who are gifted outside of formal academic education, so they can find their true career path.
Our vocational training programme helps orphan children transition into adulthood and become more independent. Some of the workshops that are running today include hairdressing, mobile repairs, sewing, IT skills, catering and many more! The children are then presented with a graduation certificate before they successfully transition into employment.
To date, we have had 426 graduates!
Haider was one of the first graduates from the first Luminous Stars Centre. Similar to many orphaned children in poverty, there were very little opportunities for him to transition into adulthood.
Thankfully he was able to register to attend the barbery course taking place in Al-Ayn’s Luminous Stars Centre. He was taught the necessary skills to start working as a barber.
Haider also received training in life skills and micro finance, as well as mentorship to enable him to open up his own Barber shop. Today, Haider is an active contributor to his community.