This page is also available in: French, Spanish

Caritas Iraq

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

  • Education for displaced Iraqi children

Education for displaced Iraqi children

  • 7 August 2015
One of the many things that gets left behind when a family is uprooted by war, is a child’s education. If left without schooling for a prolonged time, the long-term effects on a child’s life and possibilities can be devastating.
  • Shelter for Iraqis displaced by ISIS

Shelter for Iraqis displaced by ISIS

  • 6 August 2015
Wesal Badel’s home used to feel more like a cave than a house. It was made of clay and there were no windows for light or ventilation and the lack of a front door meant snakes and scorpions often found their way in.
  • Uncertainties for Christians in Iraq

Uncertainties for Christians in Iraq

  • 4 August 2015
Many people ask me about the conditions and lives of Christians in Iraq. I don't wish to be pessimistic, but unfortunately the situation is going from bad to worse: bombing, car bombs, suicide bombings, rape, torture, kidnapping and robbery are just some of the agents of death used by ISIS.


Caritas Iraq Info

Logo Caritas Iraq

Postal Address Hai al-Wahde, St. -52,
Mahala 904,
Zuqaq 74 House 3,
Baghdad, Iraq
Telephone +873 76 23 16 320
+964 1 71 96 964
Fax +964 1 71 96 964