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Displaced Iraqi Students

Student 2 Student Coalition with HELPIRAQ.ORG.

Student 2 Student Coalition (S2S) is a branch of the HelpIraq.org network under the St. Thomas Diocese which provides Humanitarian Aid & Advocacy for college students in Northern Iraq who are displaced due to religious persecution. S2S is a youth movement that seeks to connect students in America with students in Iraq and bring to light the reality and hardship which Iraqi students endure.

This is Juliana,

She is one of the students that we assist with housing expenses in Qaraqoush. She is studying Pharmacy. Without the home in Qaraqoush, she would not have been able to go to school for two years as the university in her area did not offer the curriculum. For more more parts of the interview see our post on instagram!

 

 

In 2014, when Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq fell to ISIS, the world witnessed the suffering and persecution of Christians and other minorities in Iraq as they were driven from their homes, businesses and walk of life. One community affected by this humanitarian disaster are the Iraqi students that affiliate themselves with the minority religion in that region of the world, Christianity. For many displaced students in Iraq, education is not possible due to costly transportation and living expenses. For those who are able to pursue an education, they have no choice but to live in over-crowded homes with inadequate school supplies and necessities.

Student 2 Student Coalition (S2S), supported by HelpIraq.org and under the St. Thomas Diocese, is a student led, non-profit organization in metro-Detroit providing humanitarian aid & advocacy for Christian students and other minorities in Northern Iraq who are displaced due to religious persecution.

Our vision is a world where the opportunities are the same for students regardless of religion.

Support our mission, to provide humanitarian aid and advocacy, by joining our $10/month Campaign. As students in America, we recognize the financial difficulties we face here – with college loans and so many other expenses – and yet we know that we have a real desire to help these struggling students. Some simple things that we take for granted: education, a jobs, houses, in which these miracles for the displaced students, and can be taken away from them at any moment. Ten dollars per month may not seem much for our suffering students, and it is more than money, it is our message to them saying, “We are with you. You are not alone. You are not forgotten.” As the movement grows, $10 donations will provide educational opportunities that would have not been possible otherwise.

Please consider joining this mission and spreading awareness of our cause!

2019 Opportunities 

To better assist our brothers and sisters, we are in need of volunteers for masses, events, fundraisers, etc. to raise awareness and donations. Below is a description of what our team is looking for.

  • College students passionate about writing and maintaining HelpIraq website.
  • Individuals interested in event planning, such as organizing fundraisers.
  • People who can speak about our organization to people coming out of mass at Church. Along with this, the individuals will collect donations.

If you are interested in helping this volunteering opportunity or would like to get involved, please contact us at student2studentcoalition@gmail.com

2019

  • March 23rd- Laser Tag Event In Collaboration with the Chaldean American Student Associations 
    • Charge: $30 per person
    • Ages: All ages
    • Where: MI- Combat 2636 S Adams Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48309
  • January 31st- Say Yes to Linda’s Dress
    • Charge: $40 per person or 3 for $100  Includes music, dancing, fashion show, food, and raffles
    • Ages: All ages (Women Only)
    • Directions: Villa Pennas-43985 Hayes Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48313
  • January 18th- Ice Skating Event
    • Charge: $15 per person.  Includes skates and skating
    • Ages: All ages
    • Directions: Campus Martius- 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
    • Collaboration: WSU, UDM UoM Dearborn, and OU CASA

2018

  • October 20th- S2S Halloween Party
    • Charge: $20 per person.  Includes music by Dj Savio, Costume Contest, and 50/50 raffle!
    • Ages: 21 years of age and older
    • Directions: The Bosco Ferndale from 9PM-2AM.  The address is 22930 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220
    • Optional: Wear Costume
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  • October 6th- Detroit Bus Tour with Fr. Andrew
    • Charge: $35 per ticket
    • Ages: All Ages
    • Directions: We will meet at ECRC at 8:00AM. The address is 4875 W Maple Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301 
    • SEATS ARE LIMITED!! Contact Collin Konja at 248-331-7729 or Vincent Lirato at 248-808-4810 to reserve your spot!
  • September 21st- S2S Takes On The Tigers Game 
    • Charge: $25 per ticket
    • Ages: All Ages
    • Directions: We will meet at Comerica Park at 7:10PM.
    • SEATS ARE LIMITED!! Contact Collin Konja at 248-331-7729 to reserve your spot!
  • September 4th- Car Wash At St. Joseph
    • Charge: Donation only per car.
    • Ages: N/A
    • Directions: We will be at St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church on September 4th from 4:30PM-7:30PM. The address 2442 E Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48083.
    • Volunteers needed!! Contact Collin Konja at 248-331-7729 to volunteer!
  • July 28- Kayak Canoe Trip with Wayne State CASA
    • Charge: $35 for Kayak or $55 for Canoe (Both include picnic and volleyball)
    • Ages: All Ages
    • Directions: We meet at 39126 Kleino Ct Sterling Heights MI 48313 at 9:30AM. From there a shuttle will take us to 42700 Utica Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48314. We will kayak/canoe down to where we started. From there we will have a picnic at another nearby park!
    • SEATS ARE LIMITED!! Contact John Hirmiz at 586-747-3476 or Collin Konja at 248-331-7729 to reserve your spot!

2017

  • July 28- Cedar Point Trip
    • Charge: $65 for transportation, admission, and S2S T-shirt
    • Ages: 18+ welcome
    • Directions: Meet at Mother of God Church parking lot at 7 AM. Bus departs to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio at 7:30 AM. Bus will return to Mother of God parking lot roughly around midnight.
    • SEATS ARE LIMITED!! Contact the receptionist at 248-406-2052 to reserve your spot!
    • Thank you Sea Vodka and Help Iraq for your support!
  • May 18- Bowling For A Cause
    • Charge: $20 per person for 2 games of cosmic bowling, shoe rental, pizza and pop, DJ Bangerz
    • Ages: 18 years of age and older
    • Directions: Universal Lanes 2101 E. 12 Mile Rd. Warren, MI 48092 . The event will be from 7PM-12AM.
    • Optional: Wear White

Click on the pictures to view them more clearly!

Our Kirkuk project lasted two years. We supported the students with printers, medical school supplies, laptops, and ink to Kirkuk for 400 then 500 students in 2017. Originally there were 10 homes. At the start of the 2017 semester there were 15 houses. Each home held anywhere from 20-40 students.

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In Dehuk we helped by providing housing for 16 girls next to a nun’s home so that they would not need to drive for two hours to attend school. We are looking to renew this project this year! At the end of 2017 we still had five girls attending. We are expecting more this year!

Student 2 Student Needs Your Help

Many of the displaced students are living in houses funded by the Chaldean Catholic Church away from their displaced families in an effort to complete their education. Student2Student strives to provide these displaced students with transportation, housing, and other necessities.

CONTACT US

Email: student2studentcoalition@gmail.com

Facebookwww.facebook.com/student2studentcoalition

Instagram: @student2studentcoalition

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