Thu February 28, 2013
Kalamazoo dinner helps Iraqis rebuild
At first the group sent donated walkers, wheelchairs, crutches and other supplies in boxes and later in large shipping containers. But Iraqi Health Now Project Coordinator Kathy Murphy says that ran into problems caused by bribery and corruption. So now it raises money in Kalamazoo that Alsaedy takes to Iraq every year to buy food, clothing, and other supplies needed in Basra.
People at Friday’s seventh annual “Friendship Dinner” will also get to watch a short video about Iraqi Health Now’s work in Basra in 2012.
Iraqi Health Now works with the NGO Healing the Children-Michigan/Ohio to get aid to Iraq. Murphy says public interest in the project has slipped a bit since American forces pulled out of Iraq but still remains strong. She hopes to travel to Basra in the next couple of years to meet the Iraqis that have been involved in the effort.
Reservations for the “Friendship Dinner” are strongly recommended. RSVP by calling (269) 657-5266. Tickets cost $15 per person; $7 for students and kids under 12.