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Keep Ahmed at AUIS

IFHE is raising funds for a scholarship for a young Iraqi, Ahmed Saeb, to continue his studies at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS). You can read about his story below, and how transformative education can be for young Iraqis.

Our goal is to raise $24,000 ($8,000 in tuition per year for three years) so he can finish his remaining three years of undergraduate study. Generous donations have already covered his year of English language study and the first year of the undergraduate program.

Iraq Fund for Higher Education is a tax-exempt public charity, and your contribution is tax-deductible. If you or your company would like to give $10,000 or more, we can name a scholarship after your family or company.

If you have questions or are interested in supporting Ahmed’s education, please send an email to IFHE President Christine van den Toorn at christine@iraqed.org. No donation is too small (or too big).

Ahmed last year with his class at AUIS
Ahmed last year with his class at AUIS

More on Ahmed’s story from IFHE President Christine van den Toorn:

Hello everyone, I wanted to give you all some background on Ahmed and how I know him and his family. I hope this information will reassure you that supporting Ahmed’s education will make a huge difference in his life, and the lives of so many around him in his family, hometown and country.

I have known Ahmed and his extended family for five years. When I met Ahmed in 2015 in Sulaimani, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, I learned he had always loved English, and taught himself the basics of the language despite living under very difficult circumstances. He sought out English language courses given by NGOs and local organizations and completed two with Kurdistan Save the Children and with Mercy Corps.

It was his dream to attend AUIS, and I wanted to help make that happen, because of his commitment and passion to learning and his education, and because I knew how transformational an education at AUIS could be for him and young Iraqis. I started a Gofundme campaign and with the generous help of friends, family and strangers, we raised funds for Ahmed’s first years of AUIS. He started the English program in 2017 and is now in his second semester of the undergraduate academic program, studying English and Business — Ahmed wants to start a company of his own one day.

Ahmed and his family were displaced by violence from his hometown of Sleiman Beg in the Salahddin province of Iraq. His father and over 30 family members were killed by various terrorist and extremist groups from 2004 to 2010.

Ahmed has thrived at AUIS — during his first semester, he quickly became one of the most popular and strongest students in his classes, liked by both his teachers and fellow students, and adopted the name “Max” to distinguish him from the other students named Ahmed. He has done exceptionally well in his classes, and wants to work in the private sector and open his own small business when he graduates. He is committed, capable, intelligent, and passionate about his studies, his career and life.

I worked at AUIS for almost ten years and saw the difference it made in a student like Ahmed’s life. They learn to think critically, to be engaged citizens as well as the professional skills to obtain great jobs at top companies like GE and Deloitte or become entrepreneurs. AUIS is a bridge for Ahmed, to enable him to reach his career and life goals.

I very much appreciate any support you can offer. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to make a contribution (christine@iraqed.org). Thank you.

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