Translated by: Aziz Emmanuel Zebari
Ankawa Youth Club (AYC) is a well known NGO in Kurdistan Region as
well as all over Iraq. It is a youth gathering of more than 3000 Chaldean
Syriac Assyrian and Armenian young people who come from the various parts of
our Christian areas in Iraq.
The NGO is based in the town of Ankawa in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan
Region. According to the organizational chart of the NGO, it comprises three
1. The General Body. This is
the highest authority in the Club and is made up of all the functioning and
supporting members of the club.
2. The General Body
Representation. This is more like a small parliament of the club.
It comprises 45 members who are regularly elected every two years.
They represent the legislative and monitoring authority of the club.
3. The Managerial Body. This is the executive authority that manages
all the administrative affairs of the club. It is made up of 11 functioning
members and 4 stand- by ones. It it’s duty to hold scientific, cultural ,
social and recreational activities for the members of the club. The managerial
body sets up committees comprising different members of the general body based
on their interests, holds various activities, and present the views of the
general body to the managerial body with an objective to create an
atmosphere of charity and intimacy as well as build their capacities for future
Name: Ankawa Youth Social Club.
Foundation: it was founded in
1. Polish and develop the
gifts and potentials of young people in all aspects.
2. Work to spread a spirit of
team work away from individualism and individual decision making.
3. Building up the
professional and vocational capacities of the youth through organizing various
workshops and courses in cooperation with competent government and private
organizations with an objective to create job opportunities for them.
4. Encouraging the social
integration of the young people and boosting the values of brotherhood amongst
the components of our people and society at large.
5. Cooperation with the NGOs and government offices in the area for
the interest of the general public.
Subsidiary Committees. These include scientific,
student, arts, media, religious, sports, and charity committees. Other
committees may be set up that coordinate with various government and NGO
offices outside the framework of the club.
Activities: the club has various
activities according to the diversity of the club committees:
1. Various scientific
activities through holding developed scientific contests, seminars, symposia,
and hosting specialists in these disciplines.
2. Carrying out special activities
for students from different universities.
3. Holding up book fairs and
arts galleries on drawing and sculpture for ingenious members of our people.
4. Holding Poetic seminars by
hosting poets and poetry writers from the various components of our people.
5. Performing various plays
and making film shows.
6. Hosting regional and
international conferences and meetings.
7. Holding weekly and monthly
8. Raising the awareness of
people in the field of reading, and studying through the Club’s Library which
is rich in modern sources, valuable books, local and international journals and
9. Issuing a journal for the
club entitled ‘Aleimootha (Young People) which was in circulation for two years
but stopped for financial reasons.
10. The club owns a radio
broadcasting station called Ankawa Radio, which is the voice of the free Ankawa
youth. It is a media institution that belongs to the club and aims to convey
the voice of the general public in Ankawa to various places and social groups.
11. Various sports festivals,
mini soccer tournaments, basket ball tournament, volley ball, table tennis,
chess and other sports activities.
12. Holding an annual carnival
of 20-30 days during which charity shops, fairs, a special day for heritage and
other miscellaneous activities are held.
13. Holding parties for the
members of the club and their families on various occasions.
14. Conducting fitting courses
for ladies and gentlemen in the physical fitting hall of the club.
15. Holding course on computer
and computer programmes and languages.
16. Holding international
courses in cooperation with highly developed regional and foreign institutions
with an objective to create job opportunities for young people.
17. Holding religious seminars
by hosting specialized priests.
18. Conducting series of youth
dialogues to discuss exclusive social issues.
19. The club has organized
miscellaneous charity activities through raising funds,
food, clothing and distributing them on the poor, displaced families
and the needy in Ankawa. This task is done by the charity committee of the
20. The club has its own
continuous program for blood donation for those who need it. This is carried
out by a special group of club members.
21. Supporting the Orphanage
House through raising funds and holding exclusive soirees for children.
22. The club has miscellaneous activities.
For example, it carried out the campaign for embellishing and decorating the
city of Ankawa during Christmas in 2007 and to clean the Mariamana Shrine in
Ankawa. It also organized a candle prayer march to the church of Mar Eliya
under the slogan Peace for All Iraq.
23. Financial Support: the club is funding by government allowances as
well as sefl-funding (through leasing the various premises of the club). It
also gets support through the donations made by different bodies and persons.
In this respect, we should not forget our indebtedness to Mr. Sarkis Aghajan
for his continuous support and for responding to the various needs of the