There is an African Kiswahili saying that when the elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. As the war against ISIS is raging in Iraq, it is the women, children, and weak people suffer. There are many non-profit organizations working in Iraq to bring relief and comfort to those women, children and the disadvantaged in the troubled spots.
World Vision International is one those first responders to bring relief to the disadvantaged in troubled spots Iraq and Syria. Reports show that there were 3.3 million Iraqis were internally displaced, 1.8 million Syrian refugees, and 6.6 million internally displaced Syrians. World Vision has reached out over 1.1 million displaced people in Iraq including over 630,000 children. The benevolent organization provided education and protection for children; food and cash for needy families; water, sanitation and hygiene, and household personal items.
Relief International offered relief aid in Iraq since 2003. The organization worked with community groups to establish sustainable long-term economic growth, self-reliance and self-sufficiency for the war-torn people. It established community-based water, sanitation, and hygiene committees to facilitate clean water and healthy environment projects. UNICEF adopted the same methods for other organizations. It expanded skills training and resources for local organizations to encourage income-generating ventures. In addition to the providing humanitarian needs such as healthcare, water, and sanitation for Syrian refugees in the conflict-affected host communities, it also empowered women including 500 displaced women with finances, business skills training, and connections to viable markets where they can sell their products.
Islamic Relief USA is an autonomous non-profit organization with regional branches in the USA. It raises funds through donations, grants, and other activities to fund its programs. In addition to its relief and development for all people irrespective of their religion or race, it promotes individual empowerment and advocacy for communities. The organization donated urgent relief aid such as food packages, hygiene items to victims of the war in Iraq. Between 2010 and 2014, the organization expended $1,786,400 in helping 68,800 needy people.
The organization of women’s freedom in Iraq (OWFI) is women advocacy movement that receives most of its funding from international organizations for most of its activities. The organization advocates for women rights; provides humanitarian aid to women and children in the conflicted areas; provide educational programs for women to obtain skills to become self-reliant and self-sufficient, and provide shelter for young Yazidi victims of ISIS war atrocities.