The representative office of Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) in Iraq is carrying out a project to support poor families in Iraqi Kurdistan.
With a total budget of $202,579, the 15-month project focuses on displaced Iraqis in and outside camps, as well as poor families from the host community.
The project aims to empower internally displaced persons (IDPs), helping them to secure their basic needs such as healthcare, food, education, and other services.
It also 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.
Sewing trainees graduated
The project also involves enabling 31 non-camp poor women to support their families by generating a stable income and ensuring safe and decent living conditions for their families.
Another component of the project is to train female breadwinners in 20 displaced families at the Bahirka camp in Erbil, and provide them with practical sewing skills. This will give them access to basic services such as education, food, and healthcare.
So far, non-camp displaced women in Khanke and Sharya (Dohuk) and poor local women in Khabat have received assistance as as follows: eight of them were given one dairy cow and 600kg of fodder each, and 23 women received three sheep, four hens, one rooster, and 225kg of fodder each.
As regards to vocational training, the centre 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. They also received in-kind donation consisting of a sewing machine, fabrics, and sewing tools to start their own business.