Iraq Emergency Appeal

Zahra sewing in Iraq

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

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This Ramadan, help Iraqis to recover

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)

£60 give water, save a life

£70 provide iftar to a fasting family in Iraq for a month.

£150 safe spaces for vulnerable women and girls

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.

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 through Ramadan and beyond.

Rebuilding Iraq this Ramadan

Our short-term project – Feed the Fasting – helps to support 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.

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, and 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.

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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 29 years.

Wherever we work, when you entrust your charity to us, it’s supported by 29 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 this Ramadan, and multiply your reward in the hereafter, inshallah.

Abu and family in a human appeal refuge housing unit

Abu's Story

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.

Abu's story

“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.”

Change lives in Iraq. Now is the time to give.

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