What we do in Iraq

In 2016 ZOA-KRI continued its work with Iraqi IDPs, Syrian refugees and host communities.

ZOA’s programme with local partner organisation CAPNI in Al Qosh / Ninewa governorate improved food security and livelihoods via cash grants, cash-foragricultural work, and agricultural support including fertilisers for farming communities. Initially funded by Woord en Daad and EO Metterdaad, the project was so successful that the activities were extended into mid-2016 with new funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In the Erbil and Suleimaniya governorate we implemented programmes to address the protection and educational needs of the children. In Suleimaniya this concerns child-friendly spaces and the provision of educational and therapeutic activities for children, implemented by our local partner organisation STEP. In Erbil governorate, we worked with local partner JORD and established an emergency education center for primary school-aged refugee and IDP children. Children had been out of formal education for an average of 2.8 years, and now 157 pupils attend classes in two shifts during the day. Parent-teacher association meetings have been established to involve key decision makers, and the school has the support of the local community and security leaders.

During much of the second half of 2016 ZOA-KRI prepared for the consequences of the expected battle of Mosul, in which Iraqi Security Forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga’s aimed to retake control of the city from Islamic State. With a grant from UNOCHA, ZOA pre-positioned emergency supplies for shelter, food and non-food household items ready for distribution to those IDPs most vulnerable and in need. It was expected the battle would force the displacement of 1.5 million Mosul residents, but in the last months of 2016 just over 150,000 Mosul residents became displaced. We were well-prepared to support them in their needs.

In 2017, ZOA-KRI will continue with emergency distributions to meet the needs of those displaced by the Mosul conflict, as well as continue to support Syrian refugees and Iraqi IDPs with early recovery activities.