AVSI in Iraq
- Erbil HQ Office Villa no. 743, Dream city
Erbil | Tel: 00964-750-200-3719
- Qaraqosh Office House No. 5/12/154, Sinhareeb Quarter
Qaraqosh, Nineveh | Tel: 00964-750-300-4521
- Duhok Office House No. Z14/2, Butan Quarter
Duhok | Tel: 00964-751-700-2204
- Tel-kayf Office House No. 2/780, Palestine Quarter
Tel-kayf, Ninevehn | Tel: 00964-750-300-4706
- Telafar Office House No. 5/218, Al-Qadsiya Quarter
Telafar, Nineveh | Tel: 00964-750-300-4756
- Lorenzo Ossoli Country Representative email@example.com
AVSI's presence and commitment in Iraq date back to 1991. We carried out emergency health activities until 1996 and educational projects from 2003 to 2006.
In 2014, we started operating in Iraqi Kurdistan to tackle one of the present-day most complex humanitarian crises and we stand alongside the many Iraqi families displaced by the war.
Iraqi Kurdistan: new opportunities after ISIS
Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria in 2011 and the following ISIS occupation of several cities in Iraq in 2014, the number of Iraqi internally displaced persons (IDPs) has been steadily increasing.
When ISIS invaded several areas in Iraq, hundreds of people were forced to flee, losing their homes and livelihoods.
This is why so many of AVSI's projects in the country have the underlying goal to strengthen the Iraqi people’s socio-economic resilience by helping them build new revenue-generating businesses.
AVSI aims to boost the local economy and foster the social cohesion between returnees, refugees, and hosting communities.
AVSI’s projects in Iraq do that by providing livestock to host communities, which helps them undertake business ventures together with IDPs.
AVSI also empowers the youth in Iraq, offering vocational training that enables them to find employment in a competitive job market.
Moreover, AVSI launched a mentorship program with Italian doctors for medical professionals in Iraq, providing them with specialized training.
Yazidi: overcoming the shadows of genocide in 2014
Yazidis are an ethnic and religious group made up of several hundred thousand people, who were victims of genocide by the Islamic State in northern Iraq in August 2014.
After ISIS crossed the border into Syria, the Yazidis were kidnapped, killed or forced to leave the Sinjar, the territory they were living in.
This crime attempted to wipe out forever all traces of this ethnic minority, their culture and religion. More than 2,000 women and girls are still missing.
AVSI in Iraq offers support to the Yazidis through projects that encourage cooperation between them and host communities to start small business activities related to livestock and agriculture.
For example, AVSI has helped the Yazidi community establish mushroom production and greenhouse ventures. In the Sharia district, the organization has renovated caves to create suitable environments for displaced Yazidis to engage in mushroom production.
Moreover, AVSI has set up greenhouses in the Ba’adra district specifically for Yazidi women. These greenhouses have fostered the production of various plants and vegetables.
Rebuilding the Iraqi economy in the aftermath of ISIS
AVSI Iraq supports the local community through several projects aimed at making their business flourish again after ISIS invasion.
- Livestock, to re-establish thriving agricultural enterprises
- Agricultural support equipment, such as irrigation systems and wells
- Vocational and life skills training programs
- Installation of greenhouses, where people can grow fruit and vegetables useful for their own consumption and to sell
- Supply of tools and skills for mushroom cultivation
Alongside Iraqi and internally displaced children
Thanks to the Distance Support Program, AVSI stands by the most vulnerable children. To ensure they have access to education, AVSI is rehabilitating schools damaged by the war.
AVSI Iraq supplies them with essential school materials, safeguarding the continuity of the children’s academic journey. Additionally, AVSI provides them with summer courses that include a wide range of activities, such as art, swimming, self-defense, and various other disciplines.
AVSI’s Distance Support Program in Iraq
The Distance Support Program was introduced in Iraq in 2015, in response to the Iraqi crisis and the occupation of several areas of the country by ISIS. At that time, AVSI’s main focus was to support displaced children and their families, ensuring they had their basic needs met, providing food and access to education. In 2018, when many families decided to return to Qaraqosh, AVSI continued accompanying them with educational, nutritional and medical support.
In 2021, the Distance Support Program has been extended to the Duhok area in order to support the Yazidi community. Currently, the Distance Support Program in Iraq helps 389 children - all of them IDPs between 4 and 14 years of age - in Erbil, Qaraqosh and Duhok.
help a child grow up and thrive in Iraq
- 27€ Monthly
- 312€ Yearly