Village Of Hope Students Help Clear Irrigation Canals
The members of the Iraqi Community have slowly began to embrace all of the changes in their community. At first, right after the liberation of Iraq from Saddam Hussein, the citizens were as a group very suspicious.
They did not believe that the coalition would help them, and that they did not want anything in return. After years of abuse and terror from Saddam they did not expect to have an outside force come in and help them, much less a group that helped them without expectation.
Recently the students that are attending a construction school have been working hard to help with different projects in the Hawr Rajab region.
These students are former Sons of Iraq citizen groups that are attending the Village of Hope construction academy. They have been working with joint Iraqi and Coalition forces to clean up the Hawr Rajab canals.
The Canals have been a repository for garbage and liter, and the students from Village of Hope have been diligently working to clean up the canals. Along with 577th Expeditionary Redhorse Squadron Airmen the students have worked for the last week to remove garbage and provide upkeep for the canals.
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Despite a huge amount of garbage, the canals are beginning to look clean again. The community in the area is a rural area that relies on agriculture, and now that the canals are cleaner the water flow to the fields are beginning to improve.