iraq and kurdistandonate



The long-lasting conflict in Iraq has caused that as many as 6.7 million people need humanitarian aid. Despite the official end of the war, more than 2 million people still are unable to return to their homes. In most cases they have nothing to go back to. Their houses have been destroyed or the surrounding area is still dangerous. 

The main problem is the inability to meet the most basic needs, such as access to water, food, shelter and essential hygienic productsWhen people move to find a safer space, they take only the most necessary things with them, they find it difficult to find clean water or a constant supply of food. 


Polish Humanitarian Action was already active in Iraq in 2003-2007. Our work focused on access to water and education: We rebuilt schools and streamlined the damaged water and sanitation infrastructure. 

We returned to Iraq at the end of 2016 in response to the plight of the civilian population caused by the fighting in Mosul. We immediately began to provide humanitarian aid to the residents of the city – we supplied food baskets, hygiene kits, and water. 

Our Immediate Response Team operates in Iraqi Kurdistan, which after having identified the needs, provides adequate help to people fleeing from north-eastern Syria. As a result of the military offensive in October 2019, more than 190,000 people were forced to leave their homes. We help those who found a shelter in the Bardarash, refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan. We provide them water, access to toilets, take away the garbage, distribute hygiene packages. 

We have been operating in Syria since 2013. We have delivered humanitarian aid in the provinces of Idlib and AleppoWe have provided access to clean water and hygiene packs containing necessary items. Those who was the most in need, have received food parcels and micro-gardening kits. We have provided special nutrition packs to children, who are especially at risk during humanitarian crises. 

In December 2016, the evacuation of East Aleppo made headlines around the world. Tens of thousands of inhabitants were quickly evacuated from the city. We organized immediate aid for people who were fleeing to camps for internally displaced persons. We built latrines, hand washing stations and new water pumping stations. We also distributed food and hygiene packs to new arrivals. 

2020 – Iraq – WATER

Project duration: 1.04.2020-31.03.2021

Location: Nineewa, Hamadaniya and Akre districts, Iraq

Donor: ECHO

The project aims to secure permanent access to drinking water for inhabitants of IDP camps. In camps with a water network we provide a daily supply of water from boreholes to municipal reservoirs. In camps without adequate infrastructure, water is transported by tankers. The water quality is tested daily. As part of the project, PAH is also responsible for the management of municipal waste and septic tanks in order to maintain a clean and safe environment in the camps, prevent the spread of diseases and maintain decent living conditions. The project includes repair and maintenance of efficient and clean latrines and showers thanks to the involvement of employees hired from among the inhabitants of the camps within a framework of a program which gives them an opportunity to earn a small income. The facilities will be renovated to ensure safety and comfort of use for women and girls, also at night. In addition, we pursue activities in the field of hygiene promotion in the camps, paying special attention to preventive measures against coronavirus infection.
2018/2020 – Iraq – WATER

Project duration: 01.01.2019 – 31.08.2020

Location: Nineveh, Salah Al Din, Iraq

Donor: Iraq Humanitarian Fund OCHA

This project’s goal is to provide access to clean water to people affected by the armed conflict. We repair the damaged water distribution network and the wells equipped with solar-powered pumps, which provides the local community with access to drinking water. We also restored the water and sewage infrastructure in five schools in the Nineewa district. This activity will be combined with promotion of hygiene in schools. Additionally we will hold trainings in the use and maintenance of the new equipment. We will be monitoring water quality at the intake points so that this water always meet all applicable standards. As a result aid will be provided to  16889 people.
2018/2020 – Iraq – WATER

Project duration: 01.07.2018 – 01.07.2020

Location: Nineveh, Salah Al Din, Iraq

Donor: MADAD

We coordinate activities aimed to strengthen the water and sanitary sector. As part of this project for a local non-government organisation we will organise trainings in maintenance and repairs, hygiene promotion, and we will give mentoring in good co-operation with donors. Furthermore, the mentoring co-operation with local partners will be aimed at reinforcing their organisational capabilities, and ultimately their capacity for active and effective participation in the process of stabilising the water and sanitary infrastructure.
As a result aid will be provided to 30 000 people.
The Project is co-financed by the Polish development cooperation programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
2019 – Iraq- MPC/Protection

Project duration: 01.01.2019 – 31.12.2019

Location: Erbil, Dohuk, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

Donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland (Polish Aid)

Actively involved in this project is Polish Emergency Response Team in Kurdistan, who continually analyse crisis migration and people affected by it. Upon needs assessment of people migrating, they provide financial grants to those most in need.  In addition, they provide legal advice, entrepreneurial training programs and micro-business development funding. Impact:  912 people. The Project is co-financed by the Polish development cooperation programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
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