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  • Photo: Nigel Downes for Mercy Corps

Our strategy

Support the needs of Syrians who have sought refuge in the Kurdish Autonomous region of northern Iraq. Strengthen civil society and local government capacity, and provide the building blocks for a safe and thriving democracy, including education, basic services and human rights.

The context

The road to a new Iraq is fraught with challenges and citizens struggle to survive against a backdrop of political dysfunction, infighting and potential civil war. Now, the conflict in neighboring Syria is driving Syrian refugees across the border into camps and urban settlements in the north.

The country's precarious development is stressed by the needs of these new residents. Electricity is an ongoing problem, water is in short supply, and large communities of internally displaced families already lack water, shelter and proper hygiene facilities.

Learn more about our response to the Syria crisis & how you can help ▸

Our work

  • Emergency response: Distributing mattresses, heating supplies and shelter materials to Syrian refugees.
  • Children & Youth: Creating safe spaces for Syrian children to learn and play in Arbat refugee camp.
  • Conflict & Governance: Encouraging reconciliation and good governance by empowering local leaders to resolve disputes and reform policies.
  • Economic opportunity: Partnering with local groups to finance 1,577 community projects spearheaded by citizens.
  • Women & Gender: Equipping more than 26,000 women and girls with basic literacy and numeracy skills as well as information about democracy and women’s rights

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