The local government in Anbar province started building the province's first orphanage in Fallujah on Thursday (May 14th).
The project is being executed by a group of specialized government and local companies under the supervision and support of the Iraqi Ministry of Social Affairs and the Anbar Provincial Council. The orphanage will offer services to the needy free of charge.
"The construction of the orphanage is a step from the local government and the provincial council to pay attention to orphans of different ages to ensure a healthy atmosphere for them to proceed with their studies, provide integrated health and educational supplies for them, and to alleviate their suffering," said Sadoun Obeid al-Shaalan, deputy chairperson of the Anbar Provincial Council.
The companies have drawn up modern engineering designs for building the orphanage, which will cost more than 290 million dinars to construct.
Al-Shaalan told Mawtani that the orphanage would include a large number of bedrooms, kitchens, a health center, classrooms, sports gyms, and scientific labs that will be supervised by specialized training and teaching personnel. The orphanages will also be supplied with the necessary medical supplies and other amenities.
"Orphanages will not be built in the city of Fallujah alone, but other ones will be built in the future in Ramadi and the district of Anah in western Anbar, as well as other areas that will be specified in the upcoming period based on the actual need of each city," al-Shaalan said.
Khalid al-Muhammadi, an engineer on the committee that is supervising the construction of the orphanage, said the local government decided to build the orphanage near residential areas and other service departments in order to provide all necessary services the orphanage needs, such as electricity, water, rainwater drainage networks and phone lines.
The orphanage is also located close to the government school complex in the mid-town area.
"The attention paid by Anbar officials and the Iraqi government to improve all the services that are provided to citizens, especially to orphan children, is clear in the projects that are executed by the government in this regard," al-Muhammadi told Mawtani.
The local government will train a number of teachers and instructors, as well as a number of sports trainers, to be among the full-time staff of the orphanage. The tasks of the staff will be to educate the orphans and follow up on their studies at government schools and help them understand their coursework.
The local government will also provide a number of specialists trained in caring for children under the age of six.
"The project to build the orphanage is one of the most important steps that provincial officials have started to take," Mazal Hassoun of the Social Welfare Department in Anbar told Mawtani. "The orphanage will help protect orphan children against homelessness and loss after they lost their parents in terrorist operations that targeted innocent people in recent years."
Educational supervisor Saleh al-Dahham of the Anbar Provincial Educational Directorate told Mawtani, "There are a number of orphan children who lost their families in the criminal operations that took place in recent years in different cities across Anbar. They need care and projects to support them and provide the supplies they need."
"The project to construct the orphanage came as a part of the steps taken by the government to pay attention to orphans," he said. "It is a big first step and we hope there will be more steps in the near future."