Emergency in the Sahel
Support the urgent needs of children in the Sahel affected by the food crisis  


After the defeat of the Islamic State group, Iraq is facing a situation where a lot of displaced families return to their homes, sometimes destroyed. 1.5 million people still remain internally displaced. While Tdh is still one of the few international NGOs to provide emergency assistance in hard-to-reach areas, our team implements activities in camps to support the physical and mental wellbeing of vulnerable people. We also provide alternatives to detention for children in conflict with the law, improve water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure and provide education activities to promote the return to school.

What we do

Covid-19 Response

A surge in the number of cases of COVID-19 is ongoing across Iraq. The government has implemented severe containment and mitigation measures. They are compounding the needs of displaced and already vulnerable returnees in Iraq, while further straining weak service provision and a fragile economy. Tdh distributes hygiene kits and conducts COVID-19 awareness sessions to help vulnerable returnee families and internally displaced communities prevent and control the spread of the pandemic. Moreover, we provide the most vulnerable people with material and cash support to improve their well-being and economic situation.

Child Protection

Tdh addresses child protection and education needs by strengthening community-based mechanisms and governmental services. Our teams offer psychosocial support for children affected by the conflict. To respond to sexual and gender-based violence, early marriage and child labour, we provide individual support and mental health services. Tdh offers non-formal education and supports schools taking in displaced children by providing educational material, repairing damaged schools and training teachers and caregivers on how to manage psychosocial distress in children. We also ensure that adolescents without access to secondary education are supported to develop vocational skills.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

The water and sanitation infrastructure are under stress by the displacement crisis and by the increasing water scarcity due to climate change. The available water is often contaminated. Displaced families and returnees have insufficient access to safe water which exposes them to health risks. Tdh rehabilitates water networks and treatment plants and builds capacities on operation and maintenance to ensure their sustainability. Destroyed schools are supported with water facilities, latrines and waste management. Children, their families and teachers are provided with hygiene kits and participate in activities promoting good hygiene practices.

Access to justice

In 2018, Iraq declared victory over the so-called Islamic State (IS). Today, a significant number of children find themselves in contact with the law as suspected IS affiliates. The formal and informal justice systems are struggling to cope with this situation. Our goal is to improve the situation of children who are awaiting trial or are already in detention. Tdh trains employees of detention centres on how to use child-friendly approaches. We also try to ensure that the judicial systems always take into account the best interest of the child and propose alternatives to detention. Upon liberation, we assist children in their reintegration by providing basic needs, training to community leaders and families as well as educational support.

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 2020


411,729 people

Expatriate / national staff


14 / 193

Budget 2020


12,400,000 CHF


Where we work

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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 Tuz district with the distribution of winterization kits and water and hygiene projects.
Initiation of a child protection project in the Nazrawa camp for displaced people in Kirkuk.
Launch of water and hygiene and protection in Tikrit.
Launch of child protection and education activities in the Tuz district.
Opening of the Receiving Centre for Internally Displaced People in Shirqat.
Distribution of emergency humanitarian aid in Tal Afar.
Opening of a new base in Anah for child protection, education, WASH and emergency activities.
Launch of child protection, education and WASH activities in Hawija district as well as in Baiji District.
Initiation of Health Promotion and Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Talafar District.

Launch of Covid-19 response through health and hygiene promotion activities and support to vulnerable families facing the collateral impact of Covid-19 related prevention measures by the government.

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Related publications

Annual report 2021
Courage n°67: School after ISIS
COVID-19 WASH, Protection, and Basic Needs Assistance for already vulnerable returnee and/or IDP communities in post-conflict districts in Ninewa and Salah al-Din Governorates, Iraq
Making a positive impact for children - MENA Annual Report 2020
Report Covid-19 project

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