The pandemic threatens vulnerable families.


The violence perpetrated by the Islamic State group has forced hundreds of thousands of families to flee their homes. The humanitarian crisis in Iraq is now entering a new phase and those who are returning to their homes are faced with destruction and devastation. While Tdh is still one of the first international NGOs to provide emergency assistance in hard-to-reach areas and newly retaken areas, our team implements activities to support the physical and mental wellbeing of vulnerable people.

What we do

Basic necessities

Tdh provides critical life-saving non-food items to newly displaced or highly vulnerable populations in out-of-camp settings. Tdh provides household items such as blankets, plastic sheets, buckets and other containers for water, cooking items and soap for those who have been displaced by the conflict, or who are returning to their areas of origin. Tdh also supports the most vulnerable displaced families with financial aid to ensure that their basic needs are met.

Child Protection and Education

Our teams offer psychosocial support for children and families affected by the conflict. Recreational and educational activities, including sports and art, are organised in Tdh’s child friendly spaces to help them recover from trauma. To respond to protection concerns such as sexual and gender-based violence, early marriage and child labour, we provide individual support. Additionally, Tdh offers non-formal education and supports schools taking in displaced children by providing educational material, repairing damaged schools and training teachers on how to manage psychosocial distress in children who have been exposed to violence and trauma.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

In some areas where displaced families live, safe water is often not available, as facilities have been destroyed. Tdh provides emergency assistance with the distribution of drinking water. Furthermore, our team of experts provides lasting solutions for water supply by repairing water networks and water stations. The destroyed schools get a full support package, including water facilities, the building of latrines and waste management. Children and their families, as well as teachers, also receive 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). In the 5-year conflict, 3.5 million people were displaced. Today, a significant number of children find themselves in contact with the law as suspected IS affiliates. The justice systems are struggling to cope with this situation. Our goal is to improve the situation of the children who are awaiting the decision on their future or are already in detention in Anbar, Baghdad, Kirkuk and Tikrit governorates. The centres should be adapted to children’s needs in both material, educational and psychosocial aspects. Tdh wants to ensure that the judicial systems always take into account the best interest of children and proposes alternatives to detention. We also assist children in their reintegration process after detention.

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 2018


430,739 people

Expatriate / national staff



Budget 2019


12,000,000 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 activities, child protection and displaced people mapping projects, as well as the distribution of hygiene kits and the construction of shelter in the north of 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.

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