How your money will help
Rahim* is 3 years old. He lives in a tent with his family in northern Iraq after being forced to flee his home to escape the continued fighting in the region.
The military offensive to retake Mosul from the hands of ISIS is underway and already it’s having catastrophic consequences for civilians. It’s estimated that 1.5 million - half of them children, are in urgent need. Our team is on the ground responding to the protection needs of the most vulnerable children who have fled the city, providing ‘safe spaces’ and emergency care for 6,000 boys and girls.
Your gift today will go into our Emergency Fund that has been activated to respond to the escalating crisis in Mosul. Our Emergency Fund enables us to respond to crises affecting children living in war-torn areas around the world.
*name changed to protect identity
Psychological First Aid
When war starts, childhood stops. Many of the children we work with have experienced and seen things no child should ever have to. Our staff are trained in psychological first aid, proving urgent assistance to traumatised children.
Zariya, now 10, lived on a farm in a village near the city of Mosul with her little brother, now 4, her sister who has Downs Syndrome, now 14, her parents and her grandfather.
When ISIS came, she wasn't allowed to go out anymore and all her friends moved away.
Winter brings bitterly cold weather. We need to buy enough fuel to keep our safe spaces heated for children.
Sumaya is 8. She was forced from her home as a result of the fighting in Mosul.
ISIS took control of her village before Sumaya had a chance to start school.
Catching up on lost education
Our safe spaces provide a sanctuary for children, away from the chaos of camp life. A chance to play with other children, catch up on missed schooling and rebuild their childhood.