The Iraqi Children Foundation intervenes in the lives of children who are vulnerable to abuse, neglect, and exploitation by criminals, human traffickers, and extremists. Street Lawyers, social workers, doctors, and Hope Buses deliver education, food, legal protection, medical care, and psycho-social services to at-risk orphans, child laborers, street kids, and the disabled.
According to UNICEF, there were an estimated 800,000 orphans by the end of the Iraq war. During the time of ISIS, an estimated 1.3 million kids were displaced. Thousands of child laborers and street kids beg, sell items on the streets, collect cans at the dump, or work in risky workplaces. Many suffer from trauma and lack legal documents to attend school and get government benefits. These kids are at high risk of abuse, neglect, and exploitation by criminals, traffickers, and extremists.
Protect. Nurture. Empower. Street Lawyers work with the community, police, and judges to protect and defend kids who are arrested or victims of trafficking. They obtain legal documents for kids to go to school and get food and other benefits. Doctors intervene with medical care and social workers address child labor, trauma, abuse and neglect. The colorful Hope Buses deliver tutoring, nutrition, psycho-social services, and fun to orphans and at-risk children.
These services promise to be as life-changing as in the past. From May 2016 - April 2021: *1,469 children received legal protection and advocacy from Street Lawyers; *1,568 children got legal documents required for school and benefits; *1,189 children received social services to end child labor and abuse, access health care, etc. *500+ children (full- and part-time) got tutoring and nutrition on the Hope Buses. With expanded medical care, even more ill and disabled kids will get critical help
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).