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Today (17 August) the RISE Foundation distributed food packages and hygiene kits to fifty Yazidi families, undertook countless needs assessments for groups from Mosul and Qaraqosh, and distributed to twenty five more families.
Asuda started a project with Christian Aid organization for Syrian women refugees in Sulaimanyah; particularly in Bazyan, Baenjan, Peramagron, and Sulaimanyah center. The project is specialized for women and girls in refugees and host communities in Sulaimanyah governorate who are affected by the crisis in Syria. There are currently 11,102 female refugees in Sulaimanyah province, 10,160 of them are urban refugees: they live scattered among the urban host community. Those women are realizing their rights to protection and assistance. 2,000 women and girls (plus 10,000 indirect beneficiaries) are increasing access to protection and assistance services, achieved through greater awareness on available services for refugees and host communities, including Asuda’s services. In addition, GBV is being addressed appropriately in the communities…
Ali Ahmed (name changed for security), 23 years old and a student at Yarmouck University College in Diyala also worked at a local coffee shop to contribute to his family’s income. On July 19, 2010, soon after Ali arrived to work, he was killed by a car bomb that exploded beside the coffee shop. Ali’s family was devastated by his death, and the loss of his contribution to the family income meant they could not meet their basic livelihood needs. In 2013, ACDI/VOCA Marla Ruzicka Iraqi War Victims Fund partner Hara’a Humanitarian Organization (HHO) in Baquba heard of the family’s story and after the standard vetting and project approval process was able to help them establish a retail business selling…
14 Aug 2014

ACDI/VOCA - The Imam and the Pastor

Thursday, 14 August 2014
In an effort to reinforce and encourage tangible signs of the desire of Iraqi civilians to live in peace with each other, and in keeping with USAID/Iraq’s BPSC program goal to improve citizen’s understanding and importance of their role in society, the Diyala-based Civil Society Organization (CSO) Hawa’a Organization for Relief and Development, held two screenings of the documentary film, “The Imam and the Pastor.” Produced by a UK-based non-profit focusing on reconciliation and peace-building, and supported by the US Institute of Peace (USIP), the film focuses on fostering inter-religious dialogue, building relationships and leading training in conflict prevention, mediation and reconciliation. In advocating for a culture of peace and dialogue among Iraq’s various ethnic and religious groups, the screenings…
Responding to an increase in unregistered marriages in Diyala's communities, CSO Bothoor Al-Khaer Humanitarian Organization for Immigrants and Exiles coordinated with the USAID/BPCS program-sponsored civic participation (CP) Hub in Khanaqin to conduct an awareness-raising workshop on the harmful repercussions for women and children who marry without appropriate legal registration. The workshop educated 15 female participants, some of them victims of this experience, on the hazards of illegal, common-law and unregistered marriage. One participant, Mrs. Muna Mohammed (name changed for security), shared that she had been happily married until the sudden death of her husband in a terrorist attack that had left her on her own with a small child to support. The young couple, introduced to each other through family…
When noxious smells from the burning of large quantities of garbage created concern among residents of Diyala’s Baquba district, the locally-based CSO, Vera Humanitarian Institution for Women's Development, in coordination with the Civic Participation Hub in Khanaqin and the Iraqi Culture House in Diyala, conducted a successful workshop entitled “Chemicals and Their Influence on the Environment,”. Waste disposal for many businesses and individuals has meant dumping and burning of garbage in unregulated landfills, open lots, streets, and backyards. A mix of plastics, paper, electrical components, ash, clothing, paint, chemicals, etc. makes a potentially lethal brew of toxic ingredients, including carcinogens and heavy metals. With the aim of highlighting the increasing health and environmental risks of burning garbage, the workshop imparted…