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. Across all projects, ICF has already provided a week's worth of food and hygiene supplies to support 3,000+ kids and family members. Up next: 1) more critical food and hygiene supplies for kids and families; and 2) hiring vulnerable moms (with children to support) to sew thousands of protective face masks. More COVID projects to come...
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 critical food and hygiene packages to children and families helps ensure basic nutrition and home health protection. ICF is also finding that providing such support can help prevent kids from being sent to the street to beg. Masks are a "must" to stem the spread of COVID. Paying mothers to sew thousands of masks gives them income to support their children, and supplies masks to prevent community spread of COVID.
In the long term, protecting families from COVID by providing hygiene supplies can protect children from the trauma of losing loved ones to this dread disease, especially with many dying of COVID at home. Curbing COVID's spread can also mean a return to the life-changing impact of school and education. Last, food and hygiene support can protect children from being forced to beg on the streets or the increased risk of abuse from adults who have lost jobs during COVID.
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