Hello from a very emotional blogger!
Over the years I have been part of a handful of different charity campaigns. A number remain close to my heart. Some surprise me and take me by a storm, others are quiet disappointing. Some leave me in tears of happiness, others tears of pain and depression.
The night my friend Biza Barzo mentioned a campaign to collect Kurdish clothes, the time when the brainstorm of ideas began. and the hashtag #KurdishClothesForAll was born, I knew this one was going to be a special one.
As confident as I was that this will be successful, I am still amazed by the reaction from people in all walks of life. I drove home after giving the final set of clothes to family of a martyr with tears that I can’t really classify. Happy tears? Pain tears? I don’t know. I am sure there are tears that are a mix of both, right?
Why pain you ask? Pain, because Newroz is such a special event on the Kurdish calendar, it’s a big celebration of dance, food, family gatherings and a time where Kurdish women, children and even men shine and sparkle in different colours. It hurts to know there are people who have bigger priorities; affording Kurdish clothes is not among them. I never realized there were so many of these families until we began distribution. Even prior, the number of calls I received with people’s names and addresses that were deserving of these clothes was unbelievable.
Why happy? Because people of all ages, men and women, donated. It meant the world to me. In fact, Kurdish people are always so generous when it comes to giving a helping hand. In less than 10 minutes we had six amazing volunteers who came for the Erbil distribution alone. I recall on the morning of March 19, I sat at my parent’s kitchen table trying to sort through the clothes only to realize there were much more than I thought. Some bags had six or seven dresses. It was so heartwarming. The colours were beautiful, some brand new, others barely worn. Indeed, the colours of Kurdish traditional clothes never die.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the following people who made all this possible. First, the DO GOOD CREW on Facebook, and Biza Barzo, followed by all the teams across Kurdistan who collected donations. A special thank you to UKH and Asuda Rwandzi, the volunteers who helped (you all know who you are) and all those who donated. Those who helped spread the word, your input went a long way! LOVE YOU ALL.
I am sharing some photos below, so you know your donations went a long way.
Lots of love from
My Nest in Kurdistan