The violence perpetrated by the Islamic State group has forced hundreds of thousands of families to flee their homes. Due to insecurity in the region, very little humanitarian aid can reach them. In these hard-to-reach areas, we are the first international NGO to provide them with basic necessities and access to drinking water. We also create a child-friendly environment in refugee sites.

What we do

Basic necessities

We provide emergency humanitarian aid to children and families that have been displaced due to the fighting. In northern Iraq, we help displaced families living in makeshift camps by providing them with shelter kits and winter material such as heaters, mattresses, blankets, kerosene, jerry cans and tools. We also support the most vulnerable displaced families with financial aid to ensure that their basic needs are met.

Child Protection

Our teams offer psychosocial and psychological support for children and families living in camps and villages of displaced families. Recreational and educational activities are organised in our child-friendly spaces to help children take their mind off the hardships of their daily life. We provide individual support to families to prevent problems such as sexual and gender-based violence, domestic violence, early marriage and child labour. Additionally, we provide non-formal education activities, and support schools taking in displaced children by providing educational materials, installing new classrooms, and hiring and training additional teachers.

Water and Hygiene

In some areas where displaced families live, safe water is often not available, as facilities have been destroyed. We provide emergency assistance with the distribution of drinking water. Furthermore, our team of experts provide lasting solutions for water supply by installing proper sanitary facilities. Children and their families also receive hygiene kits and participate in activities promoting good hygiene practices.

Heartbeats at Mossul’s gates

In Tdh’s protected area, children can play without worrying about earning money for their families.

Masoud, can play with other children at the Terre des hommes centre.


Terre des hommes in Iraq

Beneficiaries in 2016

399,020 people

Expatriate staff / National staff

23 / 187

2017 Budget

CHF 10,000,000.-

Programme locations

Governorate of Kirkouk (Kirkouk, camp de Nazrawa, Daquq), Governorate of Salah Al Din (Tikrit, Sherqat, Tuz), Governorate of Nineveh (Tal Afar District)

Local partners

Civil Development Organization (CDO)


Where we work

Supported by


Tdh works with the partner organisation Aladins Wunderlampe to transfer children with heart disease to Switzerland for specialised medical treatment.
Emergency intervention in the Dohuk area with the distribution of winterization kits for displaced families.

Start of the financial support project for the most vulnerable families in Kirkuk via the partner Civil Development Organisation.

Start of activities in the Tooz district with the distribution of winterization kits and water and hygiene projects.

Extension of the cash grant programme to Daquq District.

Start of a child protection project in Nazrawa camp for displaced families in Kirkuk.

Launch of water and hygiene activities, child protection and displaced people mapping projects, as well as the distribution of hygiene kits and shelter kits in the north of Tikrit.

Launch of child protection and education activities in Tooz District.

Extension of child protection, education, water and hygiene activities and a cash grant programme to Sherqat District.

Start of camp coordination and camp management (CCCM) activities, coordinating the emergency response between international and national actors in Tikrit and Northern Salah- Al-Din Governorate.


Opening of two Reception Centres for internally displaced people in Sherqat.

Distribution of emergency humanitarian aid in Tal Jarabia (South of Tal Afar), the Scorpion Junction (South of Mosul) and western Mosul.

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Making an impact for children: Annual Report 2017
Courage no. 58 – Heartbeats at Mosul's gates
Thematic Policy - Child Protection in Humanitarian Crises
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