LWR began working in Iraq in 2015 through our partner Lutheran World Federation (LWF) focusing on internally displaced people in the Dohuk region of Northern Iraq (Kurdistan). Iraq, which is already plagued from years of war, also has the new threat of the Islamic State (IS) as well as an influx of refugees from Syria. According to the latest UN OCHA report, 8.6 million people are in need of assistance with 3.2 million people internally displaced, most of whom live outside of organized camps.
The overall goal of LWR’s project in Northern Iraq is to alleviate suffering through immediate relief assistance of families by ensuring food security, community based psychosocial support, water system and sanitation improvement and support to re-establish their livelihood. Over 4,000 people are targeted for this project and activities may include cash vouchers for food, establishment of a training center, repair of water system and latrines and establishment of a support center for women.