Here at SOHF we live the radical beauty of transformation and restoration. These aren't mere words from a dictionary, these are facts of our life here amongst thousands of torn, worn out tents. People who are becoming whole having been broken by hate.
Broken lives don't mend overnight, which is why we are here for the very long haul. Broken lives need patience, they require us to sit very quietly on the sidelines, no agenda, just to be, waiting for that moment when the process of healing is ready to begin and then to help with great wisdom and care.
We are a team of 16 staff, Yezidi and Muslim who do family together, who make a daily choice for peace, who make a daily choice to live amongst the most vulnerable and to embrace the most dangerous into our family.
We are not the ones who " do it" or take the headlines . Our time and effort is poured into the broken so that they become the glue and the cement in the rebuilding process of their communities.
Our passion is to see them raised up and embracing their future.
Our invitation to you, is not to fear those who are unknown on the other side of the world. Our challenge is not to fear that which appears dark or way too big. Our innvitation to you is to reach out, join our ever growing family, listen to their voices, follow their successes. Be part of their journey from brokenness to leadership.
WHO ARE WE
We're the guys who love peace but live in a war zone. We do life within a centre which is an oasis placed between hundreds of refugee tents in a 20,000 person refugee camp.
We’re there to be the antidote to a region brimming with ancient hate and prejudice. We’re the gentle infusion of love, hope and future to hundreds of youth and women who have been rescued from captivity in the black caliphate of neighbouring countries.
We’re there because we believe in change and legacy. We want our kids to look back one day with pride and not shame, and say “ Hey they turned up . They broke the silence and apathy of the world and picked up and did something that counted”. We want to be the change in this crazy region. Read about our mission and vision and find out how we live change.
SOHF is USA 5O1C3 nonprofit organization based in Northern Iraq. We are also a registered NGO in Baghdad, Iraq, and in Erbil within the Kurdish region of Iraq.
Lisa MiaraFounder/ President
Dr Saeed Khudeida AloChief Executive Officer/ Director
Musa AsaadGeneral Manager/ Director of Hopefully, Yours
Salam ShewekarDirector of The Hope Centre
Shex KhalidDirector of The Rainbow Zone
Natik SalimDirector of Music
Kawar RajabDrum & Percussion Teacher
Haji BaharaViolin Teacher
Evan HajiPhotography Teacher
Noori SaeedDirector of Psychotraumatology
Khero KhudeidaHouse Father
Sahla JassmEnglish Teacher
Kajen ZerevanComputer Science Teacher
Shireen KherowWomens' Empowerment
Berivan ResolOperations Director,
Shex Sirwan HajiSports Coach
We’re simply bridge builders.
Sometimes we stumble across.
Sometimes we run.
We build bridges in order to smash down walls. Walls of ignorance. Walls of apathy. Walls that prevent two groups of people from meeting each other and becoming friends & partners.
So we build bridges to help break down that great divide. We extend our hands to you. Meet us on the bridge and let’s cross it together and bring hope and fresh vision to Northern Iraq.
What are you waiting for? Let’s go!