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READ/IQRA Receives Awdal Achievement Award


The Rural Education and Development charitable organization, READ/IQRA NGO, won the 2007 Awdal Achievement Award (AAA). READ/IQRA was established by a group of Awdalites of various professions in July 2000 with the primary goal of extending educational opportunities to the rural areas of Awdal and the District of Gabiley.

Dr. Ali Bahar (right) accepted the award on behalf of IQRA from Mohamoud Farah Egal (left), chairman of the board of Amoud Foundation, on Saturday, September 8, 2007 at a special luncheon held in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Ali Bahar gave a brief history of IQRA and reminded the attendees how only $20 a month, something we spend at a McDonald’s for a meal in America, can make a difference in the live of a teacher or student back home.  

IQRA/READ started its operations in 2001, quickly establishing schools at various locations. Today IQRA runs 20 schools, with an enrollment of over 2300 students and 37 teachers. While rural education remains its main focus, IQRA has expanded its operations to economic development and humanitarian relief activities.

IQRA's accomplishments in such a short time is a testament to what can be achieved by a small number of brothers and sisters who are committed to the goal of making a difference in the lives of others. The Amoud Foundation Board of Directors salutes them for their achievements in the service of their community.

Source: Amoud Foundation website


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