Helping Those in Need
MSELECT donates services to SEED Foundation as part of its CSR program
The SEED Foundation, a newly established NGO based in Erbil, is providing development and humanitarian assistance in Kurdistan. They recently opened a Women’s Cooperative Center in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have been attacked and displaced by the Islamic State, a terrorist organization in Iraq and Syria. Their Center will provide specialized and high-quality psycho-social services, livelihood training and other activities to women and their families, many of whom are survivors of torture and rape, to help them cope with their trauma.
In May 2015, SEED’s President and Co-founder, Sherri Kraham Talabany, approached MSELECT seeking our assistance in sourcing special, highly skilled management and technical staff for their new Center. In a country where finding skilled, professional employees is a major challenge, she and her colleague were concerned about finding qualified, dedicated people who could effectively deal with a challenging work environment in an IDP camp in a very remote location.
As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, MSELECT was able to donate our services and fill two key leadership positions within this new organization – a local, multi-lingual, trained and experienced psychotherapist with experience with refugees and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, and an expatriate Program Director who was already working inside Kurdistan and able to save SEED thousands of dollars in relocation and other expenses by being locally based.
In addition, MSELECT drafted customized employment agreements in two languages, and provided valuable legal and HR advice based on our extensive knowledge of and experience in local Iraqi labor laws. MSELECT also has donated an offsite office and meeting space for SEED in Erbil.
If you wish to learn more about the great work that the SEED Foundation is doing in Kurdistan, please visit their website at www.seedkurdistan.org.