Activities in Iraq

 

After the tragic events in Mosul and the Nineveh Plain, the projects that were based in these areas have been moved to Erbil.  ICIN continue to support all of these projects as noted below.

 

The ongoing lack of security and sectarianism that pervades the political scene in Iraq means that ICIN’s activities are necessarily constrained by local security issues. Notwithstanding, ICIN is active in Baghdad and Northern Iraq and is in close contact with its local action group and the church hierarchy.

 

Ankawa-Erbil Medical Clinics for the IDPs

For more information and updates on the clinics click here.

 

The need to start clinics to provide first aid, especially for children and women, became a paramount necessity from the first weeks of the Mosul Crisis.

Two such clinics were established as early as August 2014 with a number of physicians and pharmacist, most of whom are refugees themselves, volunteering to help: Mart-Shmouny Charitable Health Centre for IDPs which started with a tent at Mart Shmouny Shrine in Ankawa, and St Joseph Charity Clinic which started in a 3m x 3m room in St. Joseph Refugee Camp clinic. 

With the assistance of non-governmental and church organizations the clinics have expanded and are still operating today. Mar Shmoni Clinic 8 (300x300).jpg

ICIN has been financially supporting the clinics in one of their biggest challenges; to relieve the shortage of medicines, lab and dental supplies and chemical solutions.  The total support from Dec 2014 to the end of 2015 was $108,000.

 

 

Student Programme in Kirkuk

ICIN has supported 20 internally-displaced University students since the academic year 2014/2015. After fleeing Mosul to Erbil, these students were forced to leave their families in Erbil for a chance to continue their higher education at Kirkuk University. 

This is now an on-going project and ICIN will be looking to support more students in the upcoming academic year.

 

Internally displaced students now studying in Kirkuk and Sulaymaniya- 2015/2016
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The Sodality of Mahaba & Farah Carers  (Now operates from Erbil)

Set up in 1986 under the auspices of the local Chaldean church, this organisation grew from its initial group of 3 dedicated lay Christians in Mosul to over 27 groups spread throughout Iraq including Baghdad, Basra and Erbil. Each group is responsible for providing care and support for the mentally challenged and consists of: 

  • A non-residential specialist care offered to those living at home with parents but whose need of care is beyond the capability of their families to provide;
  • A residential home in Mosul set up in the year 2000 which provides care for those who have lost their parents or who are too ill to be looked after at home.

 

ICIN has been financially supporting the residential home in Mosul. Subject to availability of funding and the ongoing political situation, plans are in progress for the setting up of a new care home in Baghdad for the care of mentally challenged adults and children. ICIN is appealing to raise £30,000 towards meeting the first year’s costs of establishing this new home. Estimates of various annual costs are rental $12K, staff costs $15K, medication and healthcare $10K, logistics $10K making a total cost of $47K. During the first year, the centre would also appeal to the local church plus other charities such as CARITAS to help it expand and meet subsequent years’ costs.

 

The Myrrhbearers Confraternity, Qaraqosh, Northern Iraq  

(Now operates in Erbil and safe nearby villages)

 

Consecrated lay women have taken upon themselves to help the poor and the marginalized families forced to abandon their homes and seek refuge in the north of Iraq.

Some of them are widows with young children while others are poor inhabitants from surrounding villages. Greatest care is given to those with the greatest needs such as families with sick and severely disabled members.

ICIN started supporting this project in early 2012 and it received regular progress reports about the current work of the association and its beneficiary families.

 The Myrrhbearers visiting the families

 

School Children in Northern Iraq

ICIN supports the effort of local nuns and lay teachers who work closely with the inhabitants of newly created villages in the region. Consisting mostly of families displaced from Baghdad and other places in Iraq, the nuns and teachers distribute food and other essentials to these destitute families and help provide care for their young children. ICIN also supports the schooling of these children and young adults by meeting the cost of their school fees.

In 2011, The Sisters of The Daughters of Mary organised a summer camp for children.  For a whole month, the youngsters were collected daily from the surrounding villages and transported by buses to a centre in Zakho. There, they were fed, given lessons in general knowledge and religious education, and enjoyed some outdoor activities before driving them back to their homes at the end of day. Many of them had their first Holy Communion under the guidance of the nuns.

In 2011, a Christmas party was organised for the children and many gifts and new clothes distributed to them

 

Baghdad Educational Support Programme

This programme supports students at different stages of their education, from primary school to university level.

During the current academic year 2012-13, ICIN supports 29 students (26 students in 2011-12) who have either lost a parent or their parents are simply unable to provide for their education. Without ICIN’s financial support, they would not be able to continue their schooling.

The project is run by a group of lay people together with the parish priest of the Church of Mar Georges in Baghdad. Regular progress reports are provided by the project supervisors.

 

 Medical Aid

Working through a Dominican priest in Baghdad, ICIN provides financial aid towards medical expenses of various individuals who, otherwise, are unable to pay for medicines and basic health needs. Reports with names and condition of recipients are regularly sent to ICIN’s projects committee.

 

 

Past Projects

Baghdad Youth Centre

Through the late Bishop Andreas Abouna (RIP) we supported the Youth Centre in Baghdad, which was under his care. This centre is important for the formation of young people, both students and young adults, who would be able to engage with the community and help the poor and disadvantaged.

Photographs of the Baghdad Youth Centre

 

Mosul Crisis Emergency Aid

During the Mosul Crisis, when large numbers fled the city and needed emergency help, funds were provided to help the refugees that have fled to the north.

 

Qaraqosh Medical Centre,  Northern Iraq  (The Centre has been taken by ISIS. ICIN now support two mobile clinics in Erbil)

ICIN has supported the establishment of a new medical centre  which offers basic medical and dental care for the poor and the marginalised. The Centre was visited by a trustee of ICIN  prior to its opening in 2013 and a report was to us at the end of that year.

  

The Good Shepherd Centre, Mosul, Northern Iraq  (After the invasion of Mosul this project is no longer  active).

Run since 1998 by the sisters of Daughters of The Sacred Heart, this project helps physically or mentally disabled or marginalised girls of various ages. Some of them have physical or psychiatric illnesses, while others simply have nowhere to go.

The latest report shows that the centre has accepted five additional individuals in 2013.  While each case is special in its own right, all of them have neither support nor a home to go to. 

  

Northern Iraq Poverty Relief

Financial aid has been provided for widows and their families in northern Iraq. This has been on-going for three years. Regular reports with names and signatures of aid recipients are received.