Iraq has been hard hit by COVID-19. ICF's "Rapid Response Fund" supports urgent action for orphans, street kids, and other vulnerable children and families. Already ICF has provided critical food and hygiene supplies for 1,000+ individuals. Among immediate projects: 1) more food and hygiene supplies for kids and families, and 2) hiring moms, who remain displaced after ISIS, to support their kids by sewing 19,000 protective face masks. More rapid response projects to follow.
COVID is just the latest threat to Iraqi orphans and vulnerable children. The worldwide pandemic has hit Iraq hard. Schools closed in mid March. Frequent curfews made distribution of food and hygiene supplies difficult. Iraq's health infrastructure is in poor condition after years of war, and hundreds of doctors are reported infected. With families staying home, the risk of violence against children increases.
Providing food and hygiene packages to children and families helps ensure basic nutrition and home health protection. Masks are a "must" to stem the spread of COVID. Equipping mothers with sewing machines and fabric to sew 19,000 masks gives them income to support their children, and supplies masks for wide distribution in the community. As long as the COVID Rapid Response Fund lasts, ICF will be nimble and responsive to other urgent needs of children and their families.
Protecting families, especially vulnerable adults, from COVID is key to protecting children from long-term trauma of losing loved ones, especially with many reportedly dying of COVID at home. Gifts of basic home sanitation supplies, along with making and distributing protective face masks, help mitigate that risk. Food gifts help prevent child malnutrition and helping stop COVID spread ultimately allows for a future return to education.
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