We are currently fundraising for a new project in a refugee camp in Iraq. We are in discussions with a team on the ground and would like to start as early as January 2021. Because of the restrictions of COVID19 we will offer training remotely then visit once restrictions are lifted. Our aim is to provide either a Sam’s House structure or start a community programme, this will all depend on what is possible.
In 2014 IS launched a coordinated attack across a region of Northern Iraq, the attack came from all four sides and the local population were unprotected and defenceless as IS advanced. In the hours and days that followed 12,000 people were killed or abducted by IS. It is estimated that around 250,000 people fled to Mount Sinjar where they were surrounded by IS for days in temperatures above 40 degrees. IS prevented access to food, water and medical care, and many died before a rescue operation finally provided an escape. Many houses were destroyed leaving them homeless and Refugee camps both official and non official have been set up.
Many children still suffer from the traumatising events that occurred and we want to be able to reach this generation. We want to provide training and support on trauma therapy and offer the listening stone programme to these children. Ideally we would like this to be in a Sam’s House space, providing arts and crafts, toys, games, and music. If you are able to donate please go to our donate page and we will keep you updated as we progress further with this new opportunity to support the children in Iraq.