BNOW completes trauma treatment through painting course, Shlama Foundation supports local youth sports club, HBA participates in folkloric festival for coexistence

Revitalizing the Nineveh Plains

BAGHDEDE, Nineveh Plains – In the Syriac town of Baghdede, the Beth Nahrain Organization for Women (BNOW) held its 10th Art Exhibition. The Psychology of Young People through Painting exhibition comes after a 3-month painting course in which 25 students participated. The Studying the Psychology of Young People through Painting exhibition was supported and funded by the German donor Schmitz Stiftungen.

BNOW chairman Hanan Matti Touma gave a speech about the importance of painting from a psychological point of view and its role in the treatment of (war) trauma and psychological disorders. Certificates of appreciation were distributed with a copy of the Bible to all participants, provided by the donor. The exhibition included more than 30 paintings that were professionally painted by the students enrolled in the course.


BATNAYA, Nineveh Plains – The non-governmental organization Shlama Foundation completed its first project in the Syriac (Assyrian-Chaldean-Aramean) town of Batnaya in the Nineveh Plains. The Shlama Foundation has provided the local youth club with sports equipment, materials, speakers, lighting and it connected the electricity.

The Shlama Foundation has previously rolled out several solar projects in the Nineveh Plains with the help and funding of the United States Agency for International Development.

ERBIL, Iraq – At the invitation of the Baghdad-based NGO Women’s World Life Spring Forum, the woman’s organization of the Bethnahrin Patriotic Union (Huyodo Bethnahrin Athroyo, HBA) participated in the folkloric festival for peaceful coexistence between the components of Iraqi society. The folklore festival was held in the Sami Abdul Rahman Park in Erbil.

The festival aims to spread understanding and peace as well as support sustainable development. The festival included the display of handicrafts and paintings of fine art of different cultures coexisting in Iraq.