Life for Relief and Development’s Iraq's office installed water filtration/water cooler units with water holding tanks in 2 schools in Diyala, Iraq as part of an ongoing effort by Veteran’s for Peace, USA to provide clean, purified drinking water to public institutions such as schools, clinics and public buildings throughout Iraq. The project was completed in May 2014 and new replacement filters were given to the schools to last for one year. The beneficiaries of the project were students, teachers and support staff in Al-Zaituna Girls School and Chiya School for Boys (morning) and Girls (afternoon). Khanaqin's Directorate of Education and the schools' management, teachers and students thanked all those involved and expressed their gratitude to Life for Relief and…
Iraqi Women Make Gains in Elections! In the recent elections, Iraqi women won 22 seats in the Council of Representatives outside the quota system. This figure is indicative of the growing leadership of women in Iraq and increasing confidence of the electorate in women candidates! National Youth Orchestra of Iraq: American Debut! We are continuing to work with the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq! Called, "The Bravest Orchestra in the World", they are made up of Kurd, Sunni, Shia and Christian youth. Risking terrorist attacks, sectarian violence and fundamentalism, the young people of the Iraqi National Youth Orchestra share their love of music with the world. These remarkable young people are headed to the United States for the first time…
Over the past 8 months, ACTED has provided World Food Programme food assistance to over 31,000 Syrian refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan.Where few can forget recent images of the circumstances that Syrians in Yarmouk Camp were reduced to in desperate attempt to receive food distributions, the situation in the Iraqi Kurdistan could not provide a starker contrast: calm queues and food aplenty. Rice may not be what’s usually on the menu in their home country of Syria, but thousands of refugees living in camps in Iraqi Kurdistan have received food parcels from the World Food Programme, distributed by ACTED. Several camps in the Iraqi Kurdistan were opened in the autumn of 2013 to house a mass influx of refugees who entered…
20 May 2014
PROTECTION ASSISTANCE AND REINTEGRATION CENTER (PARC) IN CAMP & NON-CAMP AREAS/ UNHCR PROGRAM - PARC team did 3 filed visits in non-camp area for 81 SAS families and their needs were identified. - PARC referred 49 different cases of SAS and old refugees to different institutions that Harikar has coordination with for providing them with assistance and services. - Legal assistance has been provided for 9 cases of camp and non-camp Syrian Asylum Seekers and Turkish refugees. - PARC team in Domiz Camp reported 45 cases related to registration and followed up them with registration center. - PARC/ Gawelan team did protection interviews with 35 SAS individuals in Bajid Kandala Transit Camp. - PARC team distributed transportation fees on 29…
The Kurdistan Barbing Saloon, located in the heart of Erbil has two employees: one of them is Imad Abdulkarim Ahmed, who loathes the reality that his barbing shop and home in Adhra, Syria were destroyed in the country’s ongoing conflict. One year ago Imad, his five siblings and parents, fled the crisis in Syria to Erbil. “Now I am the bread winner of my family. When we first arrived, I had to do odd jobs – it was difficult because I do not have technical skills for lots of the jobs that are out there. Back home I did barbing for my living and this is what I know best. Thanks to the opportunity I found through DRC to be…
Asaad Noura Ali is a Syrian business woman, now living as a refugee in Duhok, Iraq. She was among 102 people in Duhok Governorate who received small business training and grants from DRC. The initial amount of $1,200 USD was given in 2013 and another $500 USD for scale up in early 2014. From the initial grant, Asaad went ahead and made part-payment on a Provision Shop that was owned by a Kurdish neighbor, who felt the business was not prospering and was deciding to close it down. Asaad Noura Ali “Out of the total assistance of USD 1,700 that I received from DRC, I used USD 1,000 to pay on the business and took it over. Along with the…