The Karadah Project

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The Karadah Project aims to facilitate the transfer of ideas and the expansion of relationships between organizations and individuals in developed countries with like organizations and individuals in developing countries through video conferencing, delegation visits, student and faculty exchanges, and any other means that fosters development of civil, stable and economically viable societies.

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The Karadah Project

  1. 1. THE KARADAH PROJECT People Helping People
  2. 2. People do not develop in a vacuum.
  3. 3. Ideas can transform people.
  4. 4. Relationships matter.
  5. 5. By small actions… great things happen.
  6. 6. Together we can change the world.
  7. 7. Together we can change the world. This is the Karadah Project.
  8. 8. Our mission is to facilitate the transfer of ideas and the expansion of relationships between organizations and individuals in developed countries with like organizations and individuals in developing countries. People Helping People THE KARADAH PROJECT
  9. 9. The Karadah Project is Real People in Real Time having Real Success like this…
  10. 10. Under the auspices of Sister Cities International, the Karadah District Council signed a Friendship Partnership Agreement with Council Bluffs, Iowa on October 28, 2008 via the Iowa Communications Network (ICN). People Helping People Baghdad, Iraq Council Bluffs, Iowa Karadah-Council Bluffs Partnership
  11. 11. Karen Gibbs, business coach with the nonprofit Aid to Artisans, conducted a live training seminar from West Hartford, Connecticut on March 11, 2009 for a group of women in Iraq on how to market their handcrafted products. This project was expanded to other areas of Baghdad. Aid to Artisans People Helping People West Hartford, Connecticut Baghdad, Iraq
  12. 12. People Helping People Representatives from Creighton University Dental School met with representatives from Baghdad University Dental School on April 15, 2009 via the Iowa Communications Network (ICN). Creighton – Baghdad Dental School Partnership Baghdad, Iraq Council Bluffs, Iowa
  13. 13. The Karadah Project, in partnership with Creighton University School of Dentistry and the Council Bluffs Sister City Committee, hosted Dr. Ali Hussain Alkhafaji, Dean of the Baghdad U. College of Dentistry and Dr. Hussain Alhuwaizi, Assistant Dean of Baghdad U. College of Dentistry, June 21 through June 26, 2010. A reciprocal trip is being planned for Creighton faculty to visit the Baghdad College of Dentistry. Baghdad Dental School Delegation Visit to Creighton People Helping People
  14. 14. Iowa Western Community College People Helping People Members of the Council Bluffs Iowa Chamber of Commerce and Karadah’s Economic Development and Progress Centre (EDPC) met on May 26, 2009 via the ICN. This meeting resulted in Iowa Western Community College’s Entrepreneurial Center agreeing to create and teach business courses to interested Iraqis via the Iowa Communications Network (ICN). Business Roundtable Karadah, Baghdad, Iraq
  15. 15. Iowa Western Community College – Baghdad Technical Institute People Helping People Baghdad Technical Institute, Karadah , Iraq Iowa Western Community College, CB Iowa A partnering project between Iowa Western Community College and the Baghdad Technical Institute, a 2 year technical college, is now under way. The two presidents held an exploratory ICN meeting in mid December 2009 to develop a plan for creating a sister college partnership. Information and ideas are now being exchange leading to a more formal relationship and potential student and faculty exchanges.
  16. 16. Students in Free Enterprise – Drake University Chapter People Helping People Currently developing a partnership between Drake University “Students in Free Enterprise” (SIFE) Chapter and students from Baghdad University.
  17. 17. Van Meter High School - Al Makasid High School Elk Horn-Kimballton High School – Mama Ayser School People Helping People Van Meter, Iowa Elk Horn, Iowa Karadah, Baghdad Karadah, Baghdad Al Makasid High School A partnership between two community schools in Iowa (the Van Meter High School in Van Meter, Iowa and the Elk Horn-Kimballton High School in Elk Horn, Iowa) and two schools in Karadah, Baghdad (the Al Makasid High School and the Mama Ayser School) is underway.
  18. 18. Delegation Visits People Helping People <ul><li>Future delegation visits are planned which will include leaders in: </li></ul><ul><li>Business </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Governance </li></ul><ul><li>Public Works </li></ul>
  19. 19. THE KARADAH PROJECT People Helping People The Karadah Project is people like you . People with… ideas experience advice information answers to share. Businesswomen Roundtable Karadah, Baghdad, Iraq
  20. 20. Be part of a mentoring and partnering relationship and make a difference. People Helping People
  21. 21. If you or your organization is interested in The Karadah Project, please contact us today. The Karadah Project Rick Burns Email: [email_address] Phone: 712-249-7435 People Helping People LTC Rick Burns at the Karadah District Council Building (Baghdad, Iraq) with community activist Sallama Abdkathm and translator Nabil Adel.
  22. 22. The Karadah Project People Helping People After two tours in Iraq as an Army Reserve Civil Affairs officer, LTC Rick Burns concluded that what is needed most in Iraq is not more money, but stronger mentoring and partnering relationships. Building on the Sister Cities International Friendship Partnership he helped establish at the end of his second tour in Iraq between Council Bluffs, Iowa and the Karadah District Council, Rick began seeking out organizations and individuals that have an interest in developing lasting partnering and mentoring relationships. The Karadah Project aims to facilitate the transfer of ideas and the expansion of relationships between organizations and individuals in developed countries with like organizations and individuals in developing countries through video conferencing, delegation visits, student and faculty exchanges, and any other means that fosters development of civil, stable and economically viable societies. Success in Iraq depends on relationships through which ideas can be exchanged. There is a tremendous hunger for new ideas and ways of doing things after decades of isolation. If you or your organization have an interest in directly impacting the lives of people in a dramatic way, please contact us. Through small efforts, great things can happen.

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