Iraq

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Iraq still suffers from the consequences of years of armed conflict and political turmoil. The country has been affected the most by the recent invasion of the self-proclaimed Islamic State which has forced millions of Iraqis to leave their homes. To this day, many people do not have adequate shelter, access to basic services, and not even a sufficient livelihood.  

Caritas Czech Republic has been operating in Iraq since 2015 and our work is gradually transitioning from providing immediate humanitarian aid to more permanent forms of aid, such as restoration of livelihoods and creation of new jobs. Our mission in Iraq quickly grew to become a stable branch with dozens of employees who operate in six Iraqi regions.

Restoration of Livelihoods

For most Iraqi refugees, repatriation is very complicated because their original livelihoods were destroyed during the conflict. As such, many of them are dealing with existential problems. Specifically, Caritas Czech Republic supports returnees in restoration of economic activities and small businesses. For example, in the agricultural area of Nineveh, we build high-capacity greenhouses, provide farmers with seeds and equipment, and help to start small businesses in cities.

Providing Shelter

The armed conflict has been devastating for ordinary Iraqis. Up to six million people had to leave their homes due to the invasion of the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Many have been able to return; however, nearly two million Iraqis are still internally displaced or are dealing with damaged infrastructure and housing as returnees. Nevertheless, numerous internally displaced people live in refugee camps, which are often non official.

That is why we in Iraq help internally displaced persons and returnees by providing adequate shelter. Our aid comprises shelter repairs, providing materials for repairs, contribution towards rent, and providing essential equipment, such as heating sources.

School Meals for Children from Poor Families

For a number of poor families, getting food and medical care is more important than supporting children in compulsory schooling. Hungry children, however, have difficulties concentrating and they perform worse at school. In Iraq, we provide children from poor families with school meals for free. Through this, the number of pupils which regularly attend school has increased as well as their school performance. It also leads to a reduction in child labor. 

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Caritas distributes shelter kits and repairs shelters for vulnerable families in Duhok
June 3, 2021 CCR-Iraq

Caritas distributes shelter kits and repairs shelters for vulnerable families in Duhok

Tens of thousands of people fled Mosul and Sinjar and moved to Duhok where they have no roof over their heads. On May 19th, the team of Caritas Czech Republic in Iraq visited the project site in Duhok, where they distributed 35 shelter kits and signed contracts with 10 families for emergency shelter repair.  

School attendance of 10 000 children in Iraq improved through school feeding programme
May 10, 2021 News

School attendance of 10 000 children in Iraq improved through school feeding programme

Millions of children, especially girls, around the world do not attend school because their families cannot afford it. Another tens of millions of them go to school hungry. This has negative effect on their concentration and school performance. The situation is twice as bad in conflict-affected countries compared to stable ones, in case of girls 2.5 times. We provided free school feeding for over 10 000 children from poor families in Iraq. 

Life on a mission during the Covid-19 pandemic: What is it like in Iraq?
May 3, 2021 News

Life on a mission during the Covid-19 pandemic: What is it like in Iraq?

Even before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Iraq was struggling with the consequences of many years of armed conflict. Millions of Iraqis have had to flee their homes because of the fighting, and hundreds of thousands are still internally displaced across Iraq. Those who have returned to their homes often do not have access to basic services and have difficulty finding a source of livelihood. The coronavirus pandemic has further exacerbated the crisis, affecting many Iraqis who have had to close their businesses or lost their jobs.

5.4 million USD to help restore livelihoods in Iraq. Caritas enters new partnership with UNDP
April 29, 2021 News

5.4 million USD to help restore livelihoods in Iraq. Caritas enters new partnership with UNDP

Caritas Czech Republic will carry out a new project in Iraq with the financial support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). This is the biggest project not only in the history of our Humanitarian Aid and Development Cooperation Department, but also in the history of the European network of Caritas organizations. With the grant of 5.4 million USD we will help local people to restore their livelihoods and infrastructure in the Heet district, which has been damaged by a long-running war.