|Thursday, 17 June 2010 18:32|
Dr. Rashad Zaydan, Iraq
One day in 2003, Dr. Rashad Zaydan woke up and found her life had changed: she was inside the vortex of a war. A native of Baghdad, she never imagined that her comfortable life as a pharmacist, wife, and mother of 4 would be thrown into such upheaval. As soldiers swarmed around and through her home in the early days of the Iraq war - the injured lying in the streets - she and her husband scrambled to respond. Ingeniously converting their garage into a make-shift emergency clinic, they stitched wounds, gave medicine, and nurtured complete strangers. What Rashad didn't know then was that this was the beginning of her new life.
And that life, as we in the Global Room learned first-hand, requires adaptation, acceptance, wisdom, and steely resolve. As we talked on video Skype with Rashad one night, the screen suddenly went dark (the electricity is cut every day at 4 PM in sections of Baghdad). She apologized to us for the inconvenience - a reality of her daily life.
With locations in Baghdad, Nineveh, and Fallujah, the society provides classes in financial literacy, reading, sewing, and cooking. And in Rashad’s opinion, one of the most important initiatives is kindergarten classes for the orphans. With over 70 staff and 300 volunteers, she is internationally-esteemed and beloved for her work. She shares, “It is gratifying to know that the society that you have founded works to help the distressed women and children of Iraq. We do not engage in politics, but are concerned with the practical task of trying to improve lives. When I visit the US, I am amazed by the number of people who express friendship and concern for these women.”
And we hope you will join us and other women across North America as we reach out in friendship to our new Iraqi sister, to honor her story - and to learn what peace looks like in her life.
|Last Updated on Friday, 18 March 2011 00:08|
Dr. Rashad Zaydan, Iraq
|"As we all are born know nothing, we all shall leave taking nothing. Our space of life will depend on how much we learn & offer. If we excuse our previous generation for wrong behavior towards others whom they do not know, our coming generation will not forgive us for it. No need for long traveling, much spending, big efforts - you just need to click on keys so you can reach all. Global Room for Women will be the door through which we can all enter, making new global friendships for better understanding. I wish my meeting with you shall bring more space for peace & welfare for both our people."|