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Fostering Economic Stability and Social Cohesion: The Transformative Power of ASET Project in Iraq

The success of the PRM-funded ASET project in Ninewa and Duhok is a testament to the importance of investing in the resilience and recovery of conflict-affected communities. By providing targeted interventions and support, the project has helped individuals to build better livelihoods, improve their income, and contribute to the wider economy. The examples of Mohammed Tahir and Wissam Youhanna in Ninewa and Abdulsalam Ahmad and Ibrahim Salih in Duhok highlight the transformative impact of the program, and provide hope for the future of these regions.

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.

Witnessing courage, strength and determination in Iraq

The Islamic State (ISIS) caused havoc when they seized 40% of Iraq. They invaded the country in 2014 and ruthlessly destroyed basic infrastructures and businesses. The word ‘sad’ doesn’t really describe what I witnessed; it was heart wrenching! It has already been 4 years since ISIS was defeated, yet as you drive by the streets of Qaraqosh, there are still reminders of the destruction ISIS caused.

#Fleetingdetails: a virtual exhibit to celebrate world refugee day

When children are forced to leave their country, running away from war, hunger, climate change, or political instability, they leave behind family, friends, and much more.
Sometimes, little objects can bring back memories of their homes, and details that seemed to be lost forever. To celebrate World Refugee Day, we invited children we support in eight countries to describe in a drawing what home means to them. Enjoy!

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).

Iraq: Peace in a Stable Iraq

Italian weekly magazine highlights AVSI’s project in Qaraqosh “A Virtuous Production Cycle to Relaunch a City and its Economic Fabric for IDPs and Returnees to the Ninevah Plains, Iraq”, funded by PRM