Over the past four decades, Iraq has experienced severe economic and social decline further aggravated by periods of political instability and armed conflict, including the war with the Islamic State (ISIL). Since 2003, People in Need has helped 400,000 people in need of assistance. Life is slowly returning to normal since the fall of ISIL. Schools are being re-opened and people are returning to their homes. Nevertheless, the country will continue to battle the consequences of ISIL’s brutal rule and armed conflict for many years to come.
Since the beginning of our activities in Iraq, the scope of our outreach has had to adapt to the ever-changing situation as well as to the needs of those in need. During the conflict with ISIL, we provided those who lost everything with crucial items, such as food, water, hygiene products, and in winter warm clothes, blankets, and petroleum stoves for heating.
Currently, we are helping children who are now able to return to previously occupied areas to start school again, to make-up missed classes, and to help cope with the trauma that they have experienced. We are doing everything in our power to help people return to their homes as smoothly as possible and to help them to get on their feet once again. Therefore, in cooperation with local and international organizations, we are providing people with the chance to earn extra income and to acquire small grants for establishing a business or enrolment in specialized trainings. Additionally, we are repairing water mains and other crucial infrastructure.
Currently, our team operates in the provinces of Nineveh, Salah Al-Din and Kirkuk with the country’s main office located in Erbil as well as in the capital of Baghdad.
In the past, we primarily assisted in southern Iraq and Baghdad by renovating healthcare facilities and supporting local governments and civic initiatives in order to strengthen the country’s adherence to human rights.