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Iraq Emergency Appeal

Zahra sewing in Iraq

Millions of Iraqis are struggling to survive, and resorting to desperate measures. Help them to thrive. Now is the time to give to our life-changing livelihood, protection, and water projects.

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Supporting Iraq’s recovery

''Indeed, those men and women who give in charity and lend to Allah a good loan will have it multiplied for them, and they will have an honourable reward.'' (Quran 57:18)

£150 - Safe spaces for vulnerable women and girls

£70 - Provide a family in Iraq with food for a month

£60 - Give water, save a life

Across Iraq, 6.7 million people need humanitarian help. After years of violence, around 1.5 million people are displaced within the country, and displaced families are struggling to cope with the collapse of living standards, access to basic necessities, like food and healthcare.

Now, as cases of COVID-19 soar higher than ever in Iraq, your help is urgently needed to protect and empower the most vulnerable in Iraq.

Many families resort to desperate extremes, selling what they depend of for their livelihoods - land and businesses – just to be able to buy food and survive. With your help, we can change this, helping the most vulnerable Iraqis to support themselves.

Rebuilding Iraq

Our food security project supports families in the immediate so that they don’t have to resort to selling away their livelihoods just to survive. It also strengthens communities against the spread of the virus by helping them to avoid leaving home for work during this critical time. Currently, there are over 1.3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iraq, and as daily cases skyrocket, the country appears to be entering a third wave.

Our long-term projects help vulnerable Iraqis to overcome the obstacles in regaining their livelihoods and stability.

By providing solar-powered water wells in Basra, you will help over 3,000 people have access to safe, clean water every day, enabling them to have a secure source of water to drink, and to keep their community clean.

And our Sakina Centre helps women and girls to recover from violence and exploitation, and trains women who have families to support, giving them essential with livelihood skills so that they can work and make a successful living.

Donate and help us to strengthen and empower Iraqis.

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Human Appeal's work in Iraq

Human Appeal has been working in Iraq since 2016. Last year, we helped over 220,000 people across seven governorates. One of our key focuses was protection – helping displaced people and returnees to get back on their feet in a safe environment. We helped women experiencing gender-based violence, and raised awareness about women’s protection through workshops and training. We assessed the safety of 1,500 homes, and installed 600 robust refugee housing units with solar panels.

We also helped 690 families to rehabilitate their homes, and promoted livelihoods by employing vulnerable people to construct greenhouses, and then gave them the tools and training to grow food in them.

In the last year in Iraq, Human Appeal has:

  • Assisted 667,000 in and around Mosul
  • Provided food to 466,000 people.
  • Installed 700 innovative Refugee Housing Units to families living in destroyed homes in Nineveh.
  • Rehabilitated 30 schools in Mosul in time for the new academic year, allowing 21,000 children to return to school for the first time in three years.
  • Provided shelter and other non-food assistance to 214,000 people.
  • Provided clean water to 23,000 people during the Battle of Mosul.

  • Supplied daily food parcel distributions in Mosul, reaching 360,000 people.
  • Delivered core relief items to 125,000 people in Mosul and Nineveh.
  • Provided 8,000 of the most vulnerable households with one off $400 cash assistance package over winter.
  • Provided 15,000 people in camps outside of Mosul with access to nurses and specialist doctors including, a gynaecologist, paediatrician, psychiatrist and minor surgery consultant.
  • Provided 1,850 Syrian refugee families in Gawlian camp in Iraq with daily bread.

Why donate to Iraqis through Human Appeal?

We’ve been working in Iraq since 2016, but we’ve been running projects that transform communities with clean water, protection, and iftar for 30 years.

Wherever we work, when you entrust your charity to us, it’s supported by 30 years’ experience, and specialists in protection, child safety, and emergency response.

Within one year of establishing our Iraq office, we helped a staggering 750,000 people, including providing essential life-saving bread and clean water to tens of thousands during the Battle of Mosul.

If you want to change lives in Iraq with meaningful, impactful projects run by capable, caring hands, give your charity through Human Appeal.

Iraqis need your help in this fragile and unforgiving time. Help them to survive, and to thrive. Give to our projects in Iraq, and multiply your reward in the hereafter, inshallah.

Zarah, Iraq

Help domestic abuse survivors like Zarah

I’m Zarah and I live in Mosul. I’m forty years old and divorced without any children.

I got married in 2014, then ISIL took over our city. The first few months of my marriage were full of happiness. Then things started to change. My husband began shutting me out at meal times. He and his brothers would eat their meals together and I was left in the kitchen with nothing – just bread which was given to me by my kind neighbours.

It wasn’t long before my husband and his family started abusing and beating me. They would say horrible things and hit me with stones, shoes and sticks. They threw mud at my face and threatened to report me to ISIL, saying I would be executed in public for being a witch. I was terrified. I didn’t know what to do. I was so depressed that I became numb. The only way I could survive was to stop thinking, so I lost touch with my feelings. My husband also took another wife, which made the situation in the house even worse. I did sometimes think about running away, but I was terrified of being handed over to ISIL. I also stayed to help protect my husband’s mother. She was elderly and frail, and they would make her do housework that exhausted her. I wanted to help her.

Thank God, my life changed dramatically when I found Human Appeal’s Sakina Centre for women and children. They were so welcoming and listened to me without judging. For the first time since I could remember, I felt safe and cared for. They helped me to understand my rights and I divorced my husband. My self-esteem came back! The staff at the centre encouraged me to enrol in their tailoring course - now I am a dressmaker. Now I have my own sewing machine and I earn enough money to support myself and my father.

I feel like I have been born again. I’m the happy person I used to be. The Sakina Centre feels like my true home. I pray many more women like me can go there to find help.”

*''Indeed, those men and women who give in charity and lend to Allah a good loan will have it multiplied for them, and they will have an honourable reward.''*

(Quran 57:18)

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