How You Can Help
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is working to provide desperately needed humanitarian aid to the tens of thousands of innocent children, women, and men displaced by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) assault on Sinjar and surrounding areas of northern Iraq.
USAID is deploying humanitarian response experts to key locations in the region to help manage and coordinate U.S. Government support of the government of Iraq’s humanitarian aid effort for those displaced by ISIL.
Below are links to organizations through which specific relief and charitable organizations working on the crisis in Northern Iraq may be identified as relief operations evolve. Typing “Iraq” or “Northern Iraq” into the search engines may yield initial results, that will expand as more organizations are set up to serve people affected by this crisis.
Organizations listed on the resources above are experienced and have been fully vetted. Donors who would like to know more about NGOs they are considering for support may find detailed financial and programmatic information at www.givewell.org, www.charitynavigator.org, www.charitywatch.org, and the Better Business Bureau, www.bbb.org.
On June 12, U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met with Salim al-Jabouri, Speaker of Iraq’s Council of Representatives, to discuss ongoing U.S. and Iraqi efforts to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Vice President Biden took the opportunity to announce an additional $9 million in assistance to meet urgent humanitarian needs in Iraq, bringing the total USG contribution since FY 2014 to $416 million. The new funding—provided through USAID/OFDA—is supporting implementing partners to distribute emergency relief supplies to conflict-affected Iraqis; address shelter and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) requirements for populations in need; and strengthen coordination efforts among the humanitarian community in Iraq.
On June 4, the UN released the 2015 Iraq HRP in Brussels, requesting approximately
$498 million for humanitarian assistance in Iraq between July and December 2015. The HRP represents a revision of the 2014/2015 Strategic Response Plan to address critical funding shortages for the Iraq crisis. The HRP identifies approximately 8.2 million people in need—nearly 23 percent of the total population inside Iraq—and aims to reach 5.6 million people with relief activities outlined in the new appeal. State/PRM Deputy Assistant Secretary Kelly Clements and USAID/OFDA Principal Regional Advisor for Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia Jack Myer attended the HRP launch, among other international donor representatives.
UN Numbers: Iraq conflict since January 2014
· 5.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance
· 2.7 million people internally displaced (estimated)
· 1 million targeted for assistance
A Message from President Obama about the Crisis in Iraq:
Additional background info can be found on USAID/OFDA’s Iraq press release at:
USAID Iraq Press Release
About USAID CIDI: USAID created the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) in 1988 one month after Hurricane Gilbert made landfall as a Category 5 storm that affected 10 countries. An outpouring of unsolicited donations took up space needed to stage and deliver life-saving relief supplies, and USAID and other responders spent valuable time managing unneeded clothing, expired medicine, and other non-critical items. USAID established the Center to educate the public about the advantages of giving monetary donations to relief organizations and the downside of donating unsolicited material goods.