Iraq

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Iraq still suffers from the consequences of years of armed conflict and political turmoil. The country was affected most by the recent invasion of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, which 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 source of income.

We have been operating in Iraq since 2015, gradually moving from providing immediate humanitarian aid to more permanent forms of aid. We have been helping people restore their of livelihoods, and creating of new jobs. We also focus on securing permanent shelter for those who have lost their homes. As part of our biggest ever project, we focused on restoring infrastructure and providing jobs in the region of Anbar.

005388_05_115001Restoration of livelihoods

For most Iraqis who had to flee their homes, it is very complicated to return since their original livelihoods had been destroyed during the conflict. Caritas Czech Republic supports returnees in restoration of economic activities and small businesses. We have helped farmers restore their fields and farms and provide them with seeds, equipment and necessary training. In cities, we help people in need start small businesses. We also want to empower women and their integration in sustainable economics.

Water and sanitation are also part of the rehabilitation and the protection of the environment. For that, the water treatment facilities are being restored to deliver clean water to the population.

004945_05_104489School 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 also have difficulties concentrating and they perform worse at school. In Iraq, we provided children from poor families with free school meals. Through this, the number of pupils who regularly attend school has increased as well as their school performance. It also leads to a reduction in child labor.

 

 

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