OUR MISSION

Our mission is to protect, preserve, and share the history and culture of micro-minority groups. We also work to integrate those groups into the wider community through education and mentorship.

OUR VISION

We envision a peaceful world in which all people and cultures are respected and celebrated. We strive to create that peaceful world in our homes, schools, and community. We envision justice to be brought to Yazidi genocide perpetrators and preserve minorities’ rights in their homeland.

About Chira

CHIRA means "Candle," signifying CHIRA's intention to bring light and awareness to the lives of refugees and immigrants and to the entire communities that have received them. CHIRA was incorporated in Minnesota in 2014 and is led by Ezzat Haider, a Yazidi refugee from Iraq. Our mission is to protect, preserve, and share the history and culture of micro-minority groups.

 

The Middle Eastern community is the population we mainly serve, though we try to work with other New American populations as well. We also work to integrate those groups into the wider community through education and mentorship. We envision a peaceful world in which all people and cultures are respected and celebrated. We strive to create that peaceful world in our homes, schools, and community.

 

When the pandemic struck, we pivoted from the educational programs that had been our focus but could no longer be held and have concentrated on delivering short-term economic assistance to New American families hit by the economic fallout of the pandemic.

 

The strength of CHIRA is the broad range of personal connections that Ezzat Haider has made in the community. During the pandemic, those connections enabled us to reach out to 80 different households through word-of-mouth contacts and rapidly deliver small amounts of aid to those families, almost all of which are Arab or Kurdish immigrants. Because of our direct relationships with those families, we are aware of the dire circumstances they have faced and the value of a quick response in a time of need.

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