An audacious partner provides the opportunity to aid Yazidi refugees at an informal settlement in Erbil.
TentED embodies a new kind of humanitarian organization. Agile and adaptable, our goal is to discover and grow effective partnerships — particularly with those who are already delivering results.
The Yazidi Project is one such example. Run by an inspiring Dutch volunteer, Jacomine Lemoine, this “one-person NGO” has leveraged a career’s worth of knowledge and networks to build support for a group of 75 Yazidi who have fled persecution in northern Iraq and are now living in an informal camp in downtown Erbil.
By the time Zack met Jacomine through friends, she had already established working relationships within the Yazidi community. This gave TentED the chance to connect and deliver its niche value: tools for education, which in this case included classroom supplies and playground equipment for a distinct group of displaced children with specific needs.
While Jacomine facilitated entry to the community, Zack managed the purchase of age-appropriate books, basic classroom materials, learning displays like the alphabet and numbers, and such educational enrichment materials as puzzles, paints, and puppets.