"Charity never decreases wealth. Rather, it increases it, it increases it, it increases it."
Across Iraq, some 6.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Around 1.8 million people are displaced within the country, and 4 million returnees are in need of assistance.
The rate of return has been lower than expected, as many displaced people fear the insecurity of returning to areas where infrastructure, homes and livelihoods have been decimated.
Around 40% of returnees need help to recover their livelihoods. Displaced women have experienced violence, exploitation and abuse, and mothers trying to support their children can find themselves excluded, harassed, and struggling to make ends meet.
Increase your wealth by helping vulnerable families to get back on their feet and rebuild their lives. Through a water purification unit, we’re providing clean water to 2,700 people in Basra, where 100% is contaminated.
Our sustainable livelihood project in west Mosul gives you the opportunity to support vulnerable business owners who lost their assets in the conflict by providing small business grants – of any amount. Every single pound will go a long way in helping people who have lived through unimaginable conditions during the Battle for Mosul.
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:
Abu Ali is a father-of-six from West Mosul. His family struggled greatly during the Battle of Mosul - the family home was bombed and left uninhabitable by an airstrike. They lived in their house despite it having no roof or doors. When Abu Ali’s cousin fled the city he was killed and a child from his extended family is still missing.
Abu Ali’s source of income – his taxi – was burned by ISIS but he has lucky enough to find daily work to help support his family. Since the Battle of Mosul, his wife has developed diabetes and other illnesses.
Abu Ali’s family was one of 700 that we provided with a Refugee Housing Unit, which was designed with the help of the Ikea Foundation. It is an innovative shelter that has a solar energy system, will last four times longer than traditional refugee shelter tents and will protect the family through summer and winter.
“I can now sleep with peace of mind,” Abu Ali told Human Appeal.
“Before I used worry all night about my children. There was nothing protecting our home, no walls, no doors and no windows. Anyone and anything could enter our home."
The solar energy system in Abu Ali’s shelter means he no longer has to pay for fuel or electricity in order to light his home or plug in a phone or television into a socket.
“My family and I are really grateful for this shelter, we are thankful to Human Appeal and to the staff who treated us like we were their own family.”