The crisis in Syria has forced hundreds of thousands of Syrian families to flee, many to neighboring Iraq. Peace Winds has been assisting families providing shelter, food, and schooling. Peace Winds is constructing housing for families living in tents, with the added benefit of employing and training refugees in construction. Peace Winds has more than 20 years of experience in Iraq with established local partnerships. Peace Winds is well-received by the refugees in the camps.
Syrian refugees who hope to return home continue to live in refugee camps. Temporary tent shelters are nearly unbearable in summer and winter. Peace Winds will partner with the community to employ numerous refugees to build foundations and prefabricated housing, providing comfort and dignity to families. Even with improved housing conditions and employment, many refugees still need food security and schooling for their children.
Peace Winds will provide prefabricated shelters to house families, affording more stability and safety. Employing the refugees in building and construction will provide training and income sorely needed by the refugee communities. Where possible, Peace Winds will distribute food kits to families so they can spend their funds on other needs such as medicine and healthcare. Peace Winds will continue its focus ensuring refugee children have schooling.
Peace Winds has more than 20 years of experience serving communities in Iraq, including internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees. The Iraqi Government recently recognized Peace Winds for its assistance to the refugees. Peace Winds is aware that the refugees wish to return to their homes. Yet until they are able, the refugees desperately need assistance in shelter, food, livelihoods, and schooling. With these needs met, refugees gain stability and security, and can plan for the future.