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Since 1995, Western Kurdistan Association has served the community in London. WKA’s projects are running by volunteers

 

About Us

The Western Kurdistan Association is a community centre for Kurdish refugees in the United Kingdom.

 

Since 1995, Western Kurdistan Association has served the community in London.  WKA’s projects are volunteer-run.  Every year we provide the following services:

Training sessions for 10 volunteers involved in our activities in media and culture.

Accommodation of 30 work experience students from different schools in London.

Accommodation of 500 visitors in our Kurdish Museum, Library and Archive. The official map of Hammersmith Council and the list of 100 important places in London which produced by the Mayor of London mentioned our name to attract tourists in order to bring cash to London and Hammersmith Borough.

Broadcasting Radio and TV online which conducted more than 120 thousands hits per minute, broadcasting one hour daily the problems and the needs of the Kurdish community and other communities in the areas of housing, welfare, immigration, health etc. in English, Kurdish, Arabic, Farsi and Turkish languages.

Provision of monthly workshops for 10 people, quarterly seminars for 70 people, three web sites and quarterly newsletters which we sent to our e-mail list of more than 1500 e-mail addresses.

Advice and information to 150 refugees to access mainstream provision where necessary in the areas of housing, welfare, health, immigration, etc.

Help 100 refugees in employment and education through one to one advice sessions, i.e. job search on the internet, interview skills and CV writing etc

Training sessions for 10 newly arrived refugees at our English language courses.

Training sessions for 10 refugees at our computer courses.

Supplementary School on Sundays to support children in Mathematics, English and Kurdish languages.

Football club for 20 young people.

Participating in all meetings, seminars and conferences connected to our services.

 

  1. Tetela and Bebela – an animation film produced in collaboration with Connexions Communication Centre in 2000 which showed in the Curzon Soho Cinema, and the famous British journalist Mrs Jasmin Albahai talked about all the six cartoon films been shown front of hundreds of people and she asked who are the children made that film which screened that the sheep can kill the wolf? the Kurdish children raised their hands and said: we are. Mrs Jasmin said: if so you are think in your age, you will have a bright future. Our Kurdish children (8-12 years old) have had who completed their cartoon film become very proud and confidence especially in the Curzon Soho Cinema been given a certificate and a shirt written on it "Animator". And many officials introduce them and their great job to the people.It was very exiting moments not for the Kurds in the cinema only but every one enjoyed the event, on the top of it the film that the children produced is now on the video cassette which we already send it to the Kurdish Satellite TVs, which they distributed worldwide, and still shown on Kurdish TV from time to time.
  2. Lost and Found, in 2003 WKA hold a training course for the Kurdish children age 11-16 in the end of the course the children themselves been able to use the camera and to write a scenario and to act front of the camera as actors, and in the end of the course they produced an educational film called (Lost and Found), which tell a story of a Kurdish family, during the war in Kurdistan, their son was as a Kurdish freedom fighter, separated from his parents and his baby brother, which they came to the UK as refugees, and after ten years they discovered that their son reached Australia, they invited him and met again in London, and his baby brother after ten years become a young man. This story is of one Kurdish family, but we have in the Kurdish community hundreds of families had the same story, when the children completed the film become very proud and confidence especially when the film showed at the Cinema of Watermans front of hundreds of people, their parents told that their children been changed positively at home and schools and become different, proud and confidence.
  3. Our Village, in 2004 WKA hold another training course for the Kurdish children age 11-16 in the end of the course they produced an educational film called (Our Village), which tell a story of the Kurdish family in Kurdistan and the life style in the country side. The film shown in deferent local seminars and at Refugee Week.
  4. Halabja, in 2005 WKA hold another training course for the Kurdish children age 14-19 in the end of the course they produced an educational film called (Halabja), which tell a story of Kurdish girl 19 years old from the city of Halabja which hit by chemical weapons in 1988, the girl lost the most of her family during the war. The film shown as well in deferent local seminars, events and at Refugee Week.
  5. Kahoon Story – in 2006 WKA hold another training course for the Kurdish children age 14-19 in the end of the course they produced an educational film called (Kahoon’ story), which tell a story of a disable Kurdish young boy of 19 years old from the city of Qamishli which been attacked by the Syrian police and army in 2004, Kahoon during a Kurdish demonstration the police car hit him, as a result Kahoon lost his arm, here in the UK he struggling to gain his case with the Home Office as a Asylum Seeker. The film shown as well in deferent local seminars, events and at Refugee Week at Hammersmith Town Hall.