American FRRME Partners with Catholic University in Erbil To Educate IDPs

WASHINGTON—The Board of Trustees of the American Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East has agreed to fund up to half of all Internally Displaced Persons who enroll as freshmen at the new Catholic University in Erbil, Kurdistan.

American FRRME’s Executive Committee recommended the education initiative, which passed overwhelmingly in a vote by the Board on July 23. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed earlier this month between American FRRME and Catholic University.

“Education is one of the most important tools we can give to IDPs and refugees,” said American FRRME Chairman Scott Rye. “Providing the funding for IDP students to attend university complements our other education initiatives, from starting an afternoon school for refugee children in Jordan, to placing Syrian and Iraqi refugees in a number of Christian schools, to partnering with FRRME UK and the Syriac Orthodox Church to fund a kindergarten for Christian IDPs in Kurdistan. It is our hope that these university students will learn the skills they need to make Iraq and the region a better place for all who live here.”

Catholic University in Erbil is a non-profit institution of higher education and research providing recognized degrees in the arts and sciences. Students are challenged to engage directly in the world and learn the habits that will support a life of service to their fellow citizens, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the community.

American FRRME promotes reconciliation, provides relief efforts, advances human rights, and seeks an end to sectarian violence in the Middle East.

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