Payam Othman

Payam Othman - Postcards For Peace AmbassadorThis is Payam from Kurdistan, Iraq.

I hold a B.A in English Language and Literature at School of Languages, and currently manager at Karamax company for Consultancy, training, and development that our vision here is “transforming knowledge into skills; skills that would help you develop”; in addition to experiencing writing in the sea of writing at Bryar Magazine.

When I was at college, I was voluntary supervisor at University of Sulaymaniyah for almost three years; providing students with their materials and coordinating closely with the Head of the English Evening Department and its teachers, ensuring their needs and requirements were met. I also did a lot of voluntary work with Kurdistan Students Organisation during my University days right up until now.

I worked at Bunyad Academy for Human Development and Capacity Building as a Cultural Department Director and lead the department to provide many useful projects and services under the field of Human Development and Capacity Building. I managed the Initial Teacher Training & Professional Development and also initiated the mentoring program for trainees, providing many useful voluntary works for homeless people, providing clothes and food for dislocated people. As a result of  enjoying  being part of a successful and productive team and thriving in highly pressurized and challenging working environments I had arranged, and as a Cultural Department Director, I lead a trip to Erbil for Bunyad Academy’s participants and other people for 11th International Erbil Book fair that nearly 120 persons were attending.

I was the Co-founder of the Trash Picking Challenge project with two of an AUIS student because they thought that from our planet’s point of view, there is no throwing garbage out. Because there is no “out”. For this campaign we arranged many useful seminars about how to protect our environment and our nature and many other works at universities to teach our country’s people about the danger of polluting and of global warming.

To me, becoming an Ambassador of Postcards For Peace is a great challenge because I want to change the Kurds minds and hearts in a positive way and, as nearly everyone knows what is happening here in my country, I want to show them a different way of living which is the life full of peace and love.

I love what I do for a living and try as hard as I can to help others find a way to do what they love. Because when human beings experience trauma or severe life stress, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. My great passion is bringing healing to people who have been through a traumatic/stressful experience. I help my society, who include children, adults and families, to find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, whole and safe. I believe that affected communities are always the first responders, and by listening we increase equality, justice, and surge capacity.

We are here to spread Love and Peace…
I am just here having human experience. Sometimes, I write about them.