May 17th, 2022 ― Doha: The representative office of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) in Iraq is carrying out a project to support livelihoods for poor families in Iraqi Kurdistan. With a total budget of $202,579, the 15-month project focuses on displaced Iraqis at and outside camps, as well as poor families from the host community.
The project is aimed at empowering internally displaced persons (IDPs) at camps, those out of camps, and the most vulnerable returnees, helping them to secure their basic needs such as health care, food, education, and other services.
Also, it seeks to enhance livelihoods by supporting agricultural activities, livestock breeding, and vocational training, thus creating a source of income for the beneficiaries and reducing dependence on humanitarian aid and passive mechanisms of adaptation.
To that end, the project involves enabling 31 non-camp poor women supporting their families to generate stable income and ensure safe and decent living conditions for their families. Another component of the project is training for female breadwinners in 20 displaced families at the Bahirka camp in Erbil, to provide them with practical sewing skills. This will allow them access to basic services such as education, food, and health care.
According to the project’s action plan, the planned activities include (1) conducting a field assessment of poor displaced families at camps in Erbil (Khabat district) and Dohuk (Khanke and Sharya towns); (2) identifying beneficiaries based on eligibility, (3) making a field assessment of poor and displaced families headed by women at the Bahirka camp (Erbil); (4) selecting beneficiaries of vocational training; (5) evaluating the camp’s vocational training center; (6) identifying the needs and rehabilitation requirements; (7) supplying equipment for sewing training courses; (8) procuring training materials and supplies; (9) holding vocational training courses for poor women at camps; (10) distributing livestock and fodder to non-camp beneficiaries and the host community affected by years of conflict in Iraq.
So far, heads of sheep have been distributed to 20 non-camp displaced women in Khanke and Sharya (Dohuk) and 10 poor local women in Khabat, as follows. Eight of them received one dairy cow and 600 kg of fodder each, and 23 women received three heads of sheep, four hens, one rooster, and 225 kg of fodder each.
As regards vocational training, the vocational training center at the Bahirka camp was fully rehabilitated and equipped to train poor women to work as tailors. It was provided with sewing machines and materials to accommodate 10 trainees per course.
The first sewing course has already been held, and the first batch of 10 trainees graduated. The course involved theoretical lectures and practical exercises, under the supervision of qualified specialist trainers from the Department of Labor and Social Affairs in Erbil.
Lasting for 35 working days, each course educates women on advanced design, sewing, and embroidery skills. At the end of the course, the trainees are granted certificates recognized by the Department of Labor and Social Affairs. They also receive an in-kind donation consisting of a sewing machine, fabrics, and sewing tools to start their own business.
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About Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS)
Established in 1978, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is Qatar’s first humanitarian and volunteering organization that aims to assist and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without partiality or discrimination.
QRCS is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which consists of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and 192 National Societies. It is also a member of several GCC, Arab, and Islamic organizations, such as the Islamic Committee of International Crescent and the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO). In this legally recognized capacity, QRCS has access to disaster and conflict zones, thus serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian and social efforts — a role that distinguishes it from other local charities and NGOs.
Both locally and internationally, QRCS has relief and development operations in numerous countries throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Central and South America. Its humanitarian mandates include disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and risk reduction. To mitigate the impact of disasters and improve the livelihoods of affected populations, QRCS provides medical services, food, water, shelter, and other needs of local communities. It is also active at the humanitarian diplomacy and advocacy front.
With the help of a vast network of trained, committed staff and volunteers, QRCS aspires to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity, inspired by the seven Fundamental Principles of humanitarian action: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.