ANKAWA, Iraq — On Friday, the Beth Nahrain Organization for Women celebrated the graduation of 12 of its members from Ankawa, Nohadra (Duhok), and Nineveh Plains from a management training course. The goal of the training, which was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), was to prepare younger and inexperienced members to manage the organization.
During the ceremony, Project Manager Hanan Matti Touma, USAID Coordinator Alana Marsili, and Program Manager Sandra Korteweg congratulated the trainees, discussed the project, the progress made by trainees, and distributed their graduation certificates.
The BNOW thanked USAID representative Alana Marsili for making the training possible, despite complications due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The BNOW has partnered with the Shai Fund, USAID, Stichting Ismael Foundation, Operation Blessing, Eagle Watch, and Syriac Cross to undertake a number of initiatives including trainings, art therapy classes, and small business support.
In early September, BNOW opened a modern gym for women in the Suraye (Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian) town of Alqosh.
According to founder and owner of the gym, Revan al-Hakim, the Elsa Fitness Centre “is equipped with the latest fitness and bodybuilding equipment” and has “three designated rooms and a spacious hall in which the various fitness equipment are setup”.