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.
At the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Qatar on August 3, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced nearly $62 million in additional USG humanitarian funding to assist conflict-affected Iraqis. The additional funding brings the USG’s total humanitarian assistance to Iraqis in the region to more than $477 million since the start of FY 2014. The newly announced funding will support IOM, UNHCR, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and other international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to provide emergency relief commodities, medical care, protection activities, and other humanitarian aid to vulnerable civilians inside Iraq and Iraqi refugees in the region. The USG funding will also offer assistance to host communities throughout the region, which are coping with the strain of accommodating displaced populations.
In late July, the UN reported that funding shortages had resulted in the suspension of more than 180 frontline health programs across Iraq, underscoring that 80 percent of humanitarian health programs are now closed, directly impacting 1 million people. The UN also reported the suspension of approximately 30 percent of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programming in Iraq due to funding shortfalls, which affects approximately 1.8 million people. To date, the 2015 Iraq HRP, an appeal released in early June that outlines priority assistance needs in Iraq between July and December 2015, has received only 20 percent of nearly $498 million in funding requirements.
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.