Picketts in Iraq - Refugee Crisis

My family and I have been living here in Iraqi Kurdistan for 7 years.  We have been helping the Syrian Kurdish and Christian refugees since they started to flood into Iraq 5 years ago.  Near our house is the Basirma Refugee Camp and Ashti 2 Camp.  

Since winter 15' we started a feeding project for 80-90 children refugees.  Six days a week they get a hot meal at the kindergarden.  

We had a bread project and for  1 1/2 years with your help 700 loaves a day were baked, 21,000 a month, & over 320,000 were baked for refugees since we started!   Food aid is dwindeling and the refugees are living on about $12 per person per month from the World Food Program. 

Extra money that came in also bought 400 blankets last winter, many packs of diapers, powdered milk, and 500 backpacks for refugee school children.  We  also housed 3 refugee families in one house and some expensive medicines were also bought.   We did a Kerosene distribution for 90 refugee Christian families with little to no heat.  We spent $8000 on that.  Thank-You for your help!  God Bless you all, Grady Pickett and family

Other random refugee aid shared:
-Repaired a refugee home that blew up due to a gas leak
-Paid wages to refugees for helping us.
-Bought a hot water heater for a refugee.
-Bought food for the new Christian protection forces recruited from the refugee population.
-Bought $2000 of Diesel for generators at the camps
-Bought $1200 of chlorine for the water supply at one camp.
-$100 of plastic chairs bought for refugee school
-Summer wages paid for 7 teachers at kindergarten
-Vegetable seeds distributed for gardens
-$25 cash aid to 90 refugee families
-12 kerosene heaters for refugee school
-1 air conditioner for a grandma in the camp
-300 pairs of shoes shared with refugees

We are from Colorado Springs, CO and Merrill, MI. USA
Feel free to contact us for more information.


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Grady Pickett 
Merrill, MI
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