AVSI began working alongside the people of Qaraqosh, Iraq, in 2013. When the city was invaded by ISIS and people fled to Iraqi Kurdistan, AVSI set up a temporary kindergarten for 150 children from Qaraqosh in Ozal City, Erbil. In early 2017, when families started returning to their homes in Qaraqosh, AVSI decided to accompany them by offering support and assistance to the Church Supreme Board for Reconstruction of Baghdeda (BfCB), under the guidance of Fr. George Jahola. BfCB launched a comprehensive program to restore and develop the physical, educational, social and economic fabric of the city and its surroundings. One of the first accomplishments was the reopening of the “Baby Jesus Kindergarten”, destroyed by ISIS in 2013 and reopened at the end of 2017.
We aim to provide education for children, training for young students and support for adults.
In partnership with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), AVSI Iraq implements the project “ASET: Achieving Socio-economic Stability of Returnees, Host Community and IDPs”. The project’s goal is to enhance the socio-economic resilience of vulnerable returnees, IDPs, and the host community in Nineveh and Duhok governorates.
A VIRTUOUS PRODUCTION CYCLE TO RELAUNCH A CITY AND ITS ECONOMIC FABRIC FOR INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS AND RETURNEES TO THE NINEVAH PLAIN
Funded by the PRM, AVSI Foundation and partners implemented the project “A virtuous production cycle to relaunch a city and its economic fabric for IDPs and returnees to the Ninevah Plains, Iraq” in Qaraqosh, Iraq. The goal was to provide livelihood opportunities that contribute to the creation of economic recovery and the full return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their homes through the reconstruction of farming businesses.