Caritas Iraq, called the Brotherhood of Charity, was founded in 1992 to provide assistance and food aid to the poor and marginalised after an international embargo was imposed on Iraq. Since then, post war Iraq has been marked by instability and social problems. Caritas Iraq continues to grow and diversify its programmes to respond to the ever-increasing set of challenges facing the nation. These sectors include emergency relief and development, peacebuilding initiatives, rehabilitation activities, capacity building, health and social service support.
Every year Caritas Iraq implements five permanent projects and other temporary projects that assist more than 4000 beneficiaries monthly. The Family and Child Support Programme distributes food items rich in protein to malnourished children, monitors closely the health of pregnant and lactating mothers, develops the capabilities of mothers to increase the chances of employment opportunities and promotes peace and reconciliation among the different categories of the Iraqi society.
In addition, Caritas Iraq social services provides food, sanitation items and medical treatment to poor and displaced families, distributes medical equipment such as wheelchairs and crutches for the disabled, provides rehabilitation activities for people with special needs and offers financial assistance to students and victims of violence.
Caritas Iraq Peace Building Programme has activities in the community to promote peace and reconciliation among the different categories of the Iraqi society. In some instances, sessions have led to productive exchanges with Muslim religious leaders. The programme also includes financial, moral and psychological support to orphanages, the elderly and the poor.
Caritas Iraq main office in Baghdad has a paid staff of 129 employees, 300 volunteers and 20 peace messengers to carry out its services.
Caritas Iraq is supported by the Caritas Internationalis network to develop and implements their programmes, this includes in particular Caritas Italy and Catholic Relief Services USA.
Caritas Updates from Iraq
Recognising the need for a way for ward in peace and reconciliation, the first synod specifically dedicated to the Middle East was convened in October. Representatives from Caritas Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon and Joseph Farah, the President of Caritas Middle East and North Africa (MONA) took part.
The Caritas Iraq’s approach to poverty and conflict in the country includes a community volunteer programme. Caritas Iraq also runs peacebuilding projects bringing Christian and Muslim people together in a safe environment to share experiences.
Caritas is also providing some financial help to offset the costs of the medicines Hanine must take daily. At $90 each month, it is a sum far beyond the reach of Adnan, who has managed only 10 days of work as an illegal laborer.
Caritas Iraq Info
|Postal Address||Hai al-Wahde, St. -52,
Zuqaq 74 House 3,
|Telephone||+873 76 23 16 320
+964 1 71 96 964
|Fax||+964 1 71 96 964|