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Press Release- ASET II: The Second Phase of Achieving Socio-economic Stability of Returnees, Host Community and IDPs

Washington DC | On September 15, 2022, AVSI Foundation launched a new project in the Ninawa and Duhok governorates of Iraq, “Achieving Socio-economic Stability of Returnees, Host Community and IDPs in Iraq, Phase Two (ASET II).”
Funded by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), ASET II will strengthen the socio-economic resilience of vulnerable returnees, IDPs, and the host community in Ninawa and Duhok governorates. The project will build on AVSI Iraq’s successful work and advance PRM’s mission by providing durable solutions to IDPs, returnees, and host communities in Iraq.

ASET: a new project funded by PRM to support the socio-economic stability of the local community, returnees and IDPs in Iraq

For Immediate Release October 20, 2020 AVSI-USA Communications and Outreach Manager, Roberta Alves communications.avsiusa@avsi.org 202.352.5623 ASET: a new project funded by PRM to support the… Read More »ASET: a new project funded by PRM to support the socio-economic stability of the local community, returnees and IDPs in Iraq

“I love this land so much, how could you not?”

Coming straight from the airport after a long trip from Australia, Youssef Zora Al-Sakaria, couldn’t believe his eyes: his family farm, destroyed by Islamic State when they occupied Qaraqosh, Iraq, in 2014, had been completely renovated. He was so excited that for two days he refused to go home and slept among the 6,000 chicks that his son Atheer Youssef Zora had recently received thanks to the project “A virtuous production cycle to relaunch a city and its economic fabric for IDPs and returnees to the Nineveh Plains.” Implemented by AVSI Foundation in Iraq, the project is funded by the U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM).

The Power of a Community Garden

When the Islamic State seized Qaraqosh in 2014, hundreds of Iraqi Christians were forced to flee. Their houses, churches, schools, and businesses were destroyed. Not even public parks and children’s playgrounds were spared. Now, as the local population returns home, debris and rubbles have slowly been replaced by trees, flowers and colorful playgrounds in some areas, like the Municipality of Al-Hamdaniya, where AVSI and local authorities inaugurated on November 18 the Al-Narjes Garden. The reconstruction of the community public space was made possible thanks to the project “A virtuous production cycle to relaunch a city and its economic fabric for IDPs and returnees to the Nineveh Plains, Iraq”, funded by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM).