Balance Requested to the ACT Alliance: US$ 391,199
Geneva, 6 January 2010
The population in Iraq has suffered for years as a consequence of the war in 2003 and the sanctions that were imposed after the Gulf war in 1991. In July 2007, four years into the US-led invasion of March 2003, a report by OXFAM found that one third of the Iraqi population was in need of humanitarian assistance and that essential services such as water and electricity were in ruins. In March 2008, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) described the humanitarian situation in Iraq as "one of the most critical in the world." 4 million people did not have enough food, only 40% of the population had reliable access to safe drinking water, and one third of people were cut off from essential health care, life saving medication, and basic immunizations.
In 2009, the situation has improved, but remains volatile. Despite huge natural resources of petrol and gaz, a large majority of people is suffering direct consequences from war and sectarian violence. Poor sections of the population inside Iraq lack resources for decent lives. The majority of Iraqi refugees in Syria and Jordan are not yet set to return to their country, because of the instable political situation.
ACT alliance members find it important to provide assistance to vulnerable families and youth in Iraq, in Syria and Jordan. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) and NCA plan to continue their work.
In Jordan, IOCC plans to assist a minimum of 250 Iraq refugees project's life skills/vocational training and awareness sessions to a further 600 vulnerable Iraqis and low income Jordanians. In Iraq, IOCC will provide food and hygiene parcels to 1,660 vulnerable Iraqi families in the Baghdad Governorate.
MECC plans to assist a minimum of 200 out of school children with special education programs, 400 youth (of both sexes) to receive vocational skills training and 400 Iraqi women and men with a health and nutrition awareness program.
NCA plans two projects inside Iraq, a) to train 400 youth and 4 youth centres managers to become change makers in their respective communities, and b) to promote awareness in hygiene matters of about 15,000 people through a chain-training of 15 professionals from different sectors in three governorates. This component will be added in an appeal revision as soon as possible).