Maggie goes to Yezidi – Blog

Maggie Goes To Yezidi

Type:

Educational Centre

Objective:

Help heal Yezidi children with war trauma

Start:

May 2019

Place:

Shariya Refugee Camp, Duhok, North Iraq

Contact:

info@maggie-program.org

Partners:

Panaga NGO

Estimated budget:

125 000 euro

Maggie went to Yezidi

Awaiting the after movie and drone footage…already some views from the sky.

Maggie goes to Kurdistan – a tourist guide

We couldn’t leave without visiting this gorgeous country with its dramatic landscapes and historical places. First stop was the apocalyptic ruins of the summer house of Saddam Hoessein. The highest point at 2150 m looking out over the whole area. On the way unfortunately the car engine exploded so the barbecue was on the road waiting for Fares cousin to save us. Next stop Amedy, an old village on top of a cliff. Then a Roman viaduct in Zaxo and finally a farewell fish meal in Maggie 1.

Kurdistan is definitely a must see.
Special thx to Fares and Hayat for this day and off course the catering during the whole mission !!

#Maggiegoesto #Yezidi – Day 19

It seemed endless but there it is. The end…
After 17 (+2) days of hard labour and months of preparation the Maggie pop up school for trauma healing is a fact. We lost quite some sweat, blood, energy and some things you don’t wanna know. It was great to collaborate with the local community , one of the basic ideas of Maggie. We hope that this project can help a lot of kids who suffered during the conflict. We will keep you posted with updatesand more news. And last but not least, big thx to all my volunteers Karel, Maxim, Pieter slijpschijf, Karolien, Matthias, Hayat, Fares, Lisa & Lotte. Sorry again that I made the project look easy and less work.

Special thx to all sponsors !

Thx for following our mission!
Bimen di xewse da !

#Maggiegoesto #Yezidi – Day 18

We are so exhausted that I forgot to take pictures today. But..Karolien got a few hours off to join Daxel to a traditional wedding. So happy to share this with you. Also some necessary shopping with one dollar underwear pieces. Special thx to Fares for his help today !!

Sleep well !

#Maggiegoesto #Yezidi – Day 17

Damn damn damn. What a amount of insulation for Maggie. Wearing sweaters and gas masks in 35 degrees and filling 18 triangles of Maggie roof to make her all climate proof took some of our last energy. Thank god we had Daxel and his team and karoliens over my dead body spirit today.
We finally managed to put the underfloor heating on pressure with a compressor (hard to find here and it exploded twice). But yes…the machine is cooling trough our Maggie floor as we speak. Special thx to Dirk Reinhard and Bart Cupers who gave us some long distance backup to press the right buttons.

Hallelujah, Hayat made us delicious spaghetti tonight. This made our day.

Tomorrow hopefully last finishing.
Stay tuned !
Maggie stay behind team

#Maggiegoesto #Yezidi – Day 16

And so it ends…at least for half of the Maggie team. Matthias, Pieter and Maxim and our favourite film crew Lisa and Lotte are heading back to Belgium tomorrow morning. Karolien, Karel and Benjamin will stay another few days to do some final finishing. We started up the heating and cooling pump today, prepared some electricity and last but not least had a visit of some of the Panaga kids that will attend the Maggie school.

Have a save journey to Belgium Maggie team 2.
Thx again for your hard work and great spirit.
Enjoy the french fries in the airport….

#Maggiegoesto #Yezidi – Day 15

And so it ends…at least for half of the Maggie team. Matthias, Pieter and Maxim and our favourite film crew Lisa and Lotte are heading back to Belgium tomorrow morning. Karolien, Karel and Benjamin will stay another few days to do some final finishing. We started up the heating and cooling pump today, prepared some electricity and last but not least had a visit of some of the Panaga kids that will attend the Maggie school.

Have a save journey to Belgium Maggie team 2.
Thx again for your hard work and great spirit.
Enjoy the french fries in the airport….

#Maggiegoesto #Yezidi – Day 14

Yipikajee…a holiday. At least for 5 hours…
The Maggie team needed some battery recharging after 11 days non stop working and we were desperately longing for some sightseeing in this gorgeous Kurdistan region. While our touristic guide Zirak showed us around, construction site chef Daxel and his Yezidi team filled the Maggie roofs with mineral wool insulation. Not the most fun work to do, sorry for that guys. In the afternoon slijpschijfman Pieter had the thrill of his life with cutting a piece out of the container for the final electrical connection to the street.
And last but not least…a fantastic barbecue from Hayat and Fares.

Toedeloe

#Maggiegoesto #Yezidi – Day 13

The end is coming near. Time for some checks
– underfloor heating Maggie 1, 2, 3: done
– flooring Maggie 1,2,3: done
– filling the walls and floor with expanded clay pebbles: done
– 40 ft container almost empty…hallelujah
– doors : done
– roof insulation: tomorrow
– electricity: 60% done
– small finishing: t.b.c.

It will definitely be a heavy last mile as always, but the maggie team pushes through !

#Maggiegoesto #Yezidi – Day 12

Happy Birthday Lotte !
Today was special that’s for sure.
Matthias cooked his signature dish Ragu alla Bolognaise for our Yezidi friends and the Maggie team. I never saw a cooking pot being emptied so quickly. At night a surprise party was organised in Maggie 1 and finally some fish and dancing on Duhok mountain with a gorgeous view.
And yes…Maggie 2 and 3 are stuffed and the underfloor is shining !

Good vibes…

#Maggiegoesto #Yezidi – Day 11

What began as an exhausting day with almost every little muscle cracking and hurting, ended up with great satisfaction. Maggie 2 and 3 are wrapped up, Maggie 1 is stuffed and locked and again lunch was fantastic. This time Barzan was our host in his lovely house. First time with a couch !! As always Karolien fell a sleep on the soft Kurdish pillows. And last but not least…dinner especially custom made for Karel who only likes french fries and mayonnaise.

See ya !

#Maggiegoesto #Yezidi – Day 10

Finally…we have doors! Maggie is starting to feel like a safe haven. After 10 days of working between hundreds of curious children, we can hide away once in a while in the belly of Maggie 1. Maggie 2 and 3 are growing and the underfloor heating is connected by the one and only Pieter S. After a long day Hayat & Fares are welcoming us with a delicious rice pudding as always!

Chears!

#Maggiegoesto #Yezidi – Day 9

Today was all about solo work and special poses to get it fixed. Glad we brought 120 Maggie T-Shirts to get messy no matter what. We are on a mission Also a high visit from JCC Duhok, who arranged all our custom clearance preparation last month. And finally…a Kebab in Duhok. Unfortunately no beer at the kiosk. 

Sleep tight!

#Maggiegoesto #Yezidi – Day 8

Technical day ! Some of us (without saying names) were secretly longing for this phase. Electrical sockets, underfloor heating (special thx to our young friend Eyem), circular experiments and finally…stuffing our Maggie with the clay pebbles so she becomes the safe, insulated, cosy and sturdy building she is ment to be. The day ended with an initiation of Kurdish shoulder hopping dances in Maggie 2, blessing the maggies with 3 lucky eggs and a first sticker on the wall.

Ps…yes…Karolien wares always a 13/17 mounting tool in her back pocket.

Stay tuned !
Maggie team

#Maggiegoesto #Yezidi – Day 7

Wow….suddenly 1…,2…,3 Maggies !!
Top day at Sharya town. Everybody found his full power & drive and preferred speciality. Karolien and Matthias level and fine tune the new Maggie’s, Pieter & Benjamin do the heavy structural works and Maxime and Karel love to close the walls and do the profiling. And off course our numerous new Yezidi friends who help us out to get this center ready. Even the future kids that will attend to the Maggie school help filling the walls with clay pebbles and doing some small assemblies. Amazing how smart and handy these kids are.

Sunny greetings from Kurdistan !

National television came to visit the building site! Subtitles coming soon! 

Belgian architects give Yezidi children at Kurdsitan Region camp hope
Belgian architects give Yezidi children at Kurdsitan Region camp hope

#Maggiegoesto #Yezidi – Day 6

Maggie became Muddy. We thought Iraq was all about sun…? But nevertheless a very productive day that ended with a double rainbow. Maggie 1 is waterproof, Maggie 2 is arising, national television came by, the lunch was great as aver and finally (again after a 12 hours working day) Hayat treated us for delicious falafels. 

#Maggiegoesto #Yezidi – Day 5

The tempo was a little less today, but hey… it’s Yawn Aljumea, so nobody’s working except for Maggie :). At noon we were invited for a fantastic lunch (best Biryani ever) at Zirak’s place, together with his parents, family and friends.

The weather changed this afternoon with a lot of rain. It feels like home again…

Kurdish greetings!

#Maggiegoesto #Yezidi – Day 4

Very productive day. We reached more than we expected. Maggie 1 (the large one) is appearing at the horizon. The first visitors are exploring the huge space. Everyday more and locals come over to help us a hand or observe all this activity.

Now a quick visit to Duhok with a fresh beer.

#Maggiegoesto #Yezidi – Day 3

Rock & Roll !
Emptying the container
Collaborate with the locals
Pouring concrete (Karolien’s favorite hobby)
Enjoying our welcoming party with the community
And finally…a good beer.
Chears !

Ps : Kurdistan of Iraq is fantastic and so are the people

#Maggiegoesto #Yezidi – Day 2

Today was all about lay-outing the Maggies and simple foundation stripes. Collaboration with the locals made the tasks light and fun. The 4 wise men saw that things were evolving in the right direction ;). 

After one month of roaming around at sea, the Maggie container was custom cleared today at the Turkish side of Khalil border. Let’s cross our fingers that it will arrive on site tomorrow. Not a day too early.

Stay tuned for more updates!

#Maggiegoesto #Yezidi – Day 1

After a long day of traveling (and some drone issues at the border customs) yesterday, first action on site was happening today. Maggie team 1 started with coordinating the ground preparation and lay-outing the Maggie’s with cords and poles. Fortunately the access to heavy machinery (like this gorgeous bulldozer) and local contractors is not that hard as when we were working in the middle of the rainforest in Cameroon last summer. Teamleader (and lover of heavy machinery) Karolien Peeters used all her civil engineering skills to shape the terrain into a flat surface. Karel Rosseel was back upped by dozens of curious children while using his trained eye to water-level all the corners. And finally Maxim Lannaux was resting a little bit  between 140m3 of expanded clay pebbles, soon to be the wall fillings of the Maggie. Our host and partner Zirak Hameed made sure the team had everything they need.

Stay tuned for more updates !