Our Projects

Supporting the Return of the Displaced Population in the Nineveh and West Nineveh

Duration: 10.12.2018-30.06.2020

Partner: Funded by USAID and supported by IOM.

Location: Sinuni plus surrounding villages: Khanasour, Dugure, Duhola, Borek, Ghubal, Sardashti Camps and Bashiqa

Description: The project covers Sinuni Areas and it's funded by USAID and Supported by IOM. The Aims of the project are to support the return of the most vulnerable and undertaking a multidisciplinary, supervised program which includes livelihood, and economic independence, supporting access to services including social cohesion and psychological support, diaspora engagement and administrative support.

Activities and targets:

  • Open 90 small businesses for returnees in Sinjar
  • Supporting 35 teachers in 8 schools which hosts 5800 students
  • Supporting 8 schools with stationery and school supplies every months
  • Supporting 6 youth groups for community and youth mobilization and activisms
  • Providing psychosocial support to 240 beneficiaries

Assisting Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Through Direct Services & Increasing Their Knowledge on Justice, Accountability & Legal Rights

Duration: 1.12.2019- 30.11.2020

Partner: Funded by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, of the Netherlands

Location: Duhok + IDP camps around Duhok

Description: The project is the continuation of Yazda`s multi-pronged support for survivors of sexual violence by ISIS, regardless of their religion, gender, ethnicity, or age. Yazda will address the complex needs of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) Survivors through offering Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) case management support, facilitating income-generating activities, and organizing trips to the Yazidi holy temple at Lalish. Second, Yazda will support, educate, and empower survivors in their ability to build legal cases and utilize available legal systems, assisting them with obtaining proper documentation and explaining their legal rights under various jurisdictions.

Activities and Targets:

  • 350 beneficiaries registered and 280 beneficiaries provided with PSS and case management

  • 120 beneficiaries participated in a trip to Lalish/social integration

  • 34 small businesses or incomes generation activities open for survivors

  • 350 beneficiaries supported with legal assistance

  • Yazidi Survivors Network established

  • 45 survivors trained in transitional justice, advocacy, media and human rights.

Safe Return

Duration: 15.09.2018- 30.09.2020

Location: Sinjar City, Zorava, Hardan, Bashiqa, Bahzani

Description: The innovative 30-month pilot project aims to support IDPs from minority communities, specifically victims and survivors of severe human rights violations, in Nineveh to be able to successfully return and reintegrate into their home communities.

HAI and Yazda are providing a package of services to successfully integrate victims of severe human rights abuses. The three established support centres in Qaraqosh, Bashiqa, and Sinjar will provide legal, mental health and psychological support, livelihoods, and basic medical services. This project anticipates approximately 800 survivors of severe human rights abuses and 4,000 family members and dependents.

Activities and Targets:

  • Opening 20 businesses
  • Supporting 267 beneficiaries with PSS
  • Supporting 478 beneficiaries with legal services

Mobile Medical Services for Communities in Sinjar

Partner: Funded by Stichting Vluchteling

Duration: 01.05.2019 – 30.06.2020

Location: Adika, Tairaf, Aldenah, Kharbah, Qane, Bayeev, Naqsay, Bakrah, Kormale, Zerwa, Bakhlilif, Shorka, Gurmiz, Karse

Description: Since 10.02.2016, this mobile clinic has provided free health services and medicines to the community in 14 villages north of Sinjar Mountain. This has amounted to between 1300-1800 patients per month. The project has been funded by Stichting Vluchteling since 1.04.2018 The Mobile Medical Clinic team consists of a medical doctor, 2 nurses, 1 pharmacist and 1 driver.

The communities based in these villages often have limited access to healthcare due to their physically remote location and financial background. The villages are located in mountainous areas on the slopes of Mount Sinjar and far off the main road, which means the only access is through unpaved muddy roads. During snowfall in winter, and with heavy floods in spring, access is restricted even further. The majority of the population in the aforementioned area are poor farmers and shepherds who rarely leave their home villages. The continuation of the Mobile Medical Unit is therefore vital to serve these vulnerable communities and ensure they have access to essential, basic health services and medicine.

Activities and Targets:

  • 16,800 medical consultations conducted in 14 remote villages
  • 1,680 patients supported with direct cash support
  • 16,800 patients with receive the medicines
  • 5040 patients referred to the laboratory for different blood test.

Sustainable and Resilient Livelihood Development in Conflict Affected Areas in North Iraq

Duration: 01.09.2018-31.08.2021

Partner: Funded by Arbeiter Samariter Bund and Federal German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development

Location: Sinjar

Description: Aa24-month project of sustainable and resilient livelihood development in the selected villages by Sinjar City. The project is primarily aimed at a sustainable increase in agricultural production to improve access to nutritious food. Secondly it aims to increase the scale of the economy by creating income-generating opportunities and in strengthening capacities of most vulnerable groups and the private sector. This includes establishing small businesses and vocational training in some of the selected villages. The selected villages are all 1 km to 8 km away from Sinjar City. The surrounding poor communities strongly rely on agriculture. Azadi is a district of Sinjar City and even though there is no significant farming, there is a large number of shepherds. Assessments are currently in process to assess the livelihoods and agricultural situation of these villages

Activities and Targets:

  • 32 agribusinesses (16 of which with female participation) are established and still functioning after one year of set-up

  • 32 non-agribusinesses (16 of which with female participation) are established and still functioning after one year of set-up

  • 16 beneficiaries participated in the vocational training

Supporting Families Recently Arrived from Syria

Duration : 01.05.2019- 31.03.2020

Partner: Funded by Stichting Vluchteling

Location: Duhok + IDP camps around Duhok

Description: Improve YAZDA case management capability to provide support to the sudden and huge influx of Yazidi women & children victims of human rights violations, and so help them meet their basic needs and help facilitate their social reintegration. Provide support to new arrivals of survivors by reissuing lost identification documents, including marriage and birth certificates; Provide training and I would add self-care to case managers

Activities and Targets:

  • 210 beneficiaries registered and supported with PSS and case management
  • 210 beneficiaries will visit Lalish
  • 210 beneficiaries supported with the legal assistance

Emergency Funding to Support Families Recently Liberated from Daesh in Syria

Duration: 15.05.2019- 31.05.2020

Partner: GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit

Location: Duhok + IDP camps around Duhok

Description: Provide emergency support to the sudden, huge influx of Yazidi women victims & children recently liberated of DAESH to meet their basic needs towards social reintegration. 300 Yazidi women victims & children recently liberated of Daesh received emergency support to meet their basic needs towards social reintegration in Dohuk governorate.

Activities and Targets:

  • Support Yazda with funding the positions of case managers and Documentation Director
  • Enroll 300 beneficiaries for different services

Reinforcing Yazidi Survivors' Access to Medical, Psychosocial and Socio-Economic Assistance

Duration: 15.11.2019-14.03.2020

Partner: Funded by Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation and SANOFI Espoir Foundation.

Location: Duhok + IDP camps around Duhok

Description: During this 4-month long project, Yazda is partnering with the Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation to provide holistic care to Yazidi survivors of sexual violence, via medical, psychosocial and socio economic assistance. The survivors receive medical care, psychosocial support, and direct assistance including hygiene kits, livelihoods training and assistance with transport. This project is implemented with the financial support of the SANOFI Espoir Foundation.

Activities and Targets:

  • A minimum of 10 survivors of sexual violence benefit from medical assistance;
  • A minimum of 60 Yazidi survivors of violence benefit from psychosocial assistance;
  • A minimum of 60 Yazidi survivors of sexual violence benefit from livelihoods training;
  • A minimum of 60 Yazidi survivors of violence benefit from direct assistance incl. hygiene kits and other urgent basic items;
  • A minimum of 80 Yazidi survivors of violence will benefit from transport assistance related to the project, incl. with the Yazda vehicles/drivers, payment for taxis and buses or other forms of assistance

Yazidi Survivor Network

Duration: 1.12.2019- 30.11.2020

Partner: funded by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, of the Netherlands

Description: The Yazidis Survivors Network (YSN) is a program that supports and empowers survivors of the ISIS Genocide, helping them to speak out about their experiences, express their needs, fight for justice, and puruse acountabilty and Human Rights on national and international levels. YSN will also advocate for the expansion of effective programs and services for survivors and their vulnerable communities in Iraq. Click here for more information.

Global Advocacy Campaign

Duration: 2014-present

Yazda Global Advocacy Campaign is essential to keep the international community's attention to the genocide, support justice, reconciliation and accountability processes, rebuild minorities areas in Iraq and Syria, get greater recognition of the genocide and further acknowledgment for ISIS crimes, raise awareness of sexual violence around the world and support survivors voice in peacebuilding and reconstruction. Below are some impacts for our advocacy work:

Recognition of Genocide: Yazda’s advocacy led to the formal recognition of genocide by multiple countries around the world including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Armenia, Canada, France, Portugal and Scotland. Additionally, Yazda’s advocacy led to the formal recognition of genocide by the European Union, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.

Supporting Survivors: Yazda successfully managed and funded the campaign for Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad since the beginning of her work in 2015 until she received the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2018. Yazda has also supported several other survivors to undertake their international advocacy campaigns, including the author of the book The Girl Who Escaped ISIS Farida Abbas Khalaf, Dalal Khairo, Samia Suliman, Shireen Jirdo and others. Yazda is the first organization to support survivors and make their voice heard with the community and on national and International levels.

On the legal side: Yazda’s advocacy campaign led to the passage of Resolution 2379 of the United Nations, which allowed the creation of a team to investigate ISIS and collect evidence of international crimes. In addition, Yazda with its legal counsel, Amal Clooney, is seeking to hold ISIS accountable for the crimes committed against the Yazidi community in Iraq and Syria. The crimes include genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity; including mass executions, sexual enslavement, and trafficking, recruitment of child soldiers and forced displacement. Ms. Clooney and her legal team have been working with Yazda on multiple fronts to achieve this objective and plan to continue these efforts in the coming years.

Resettlement: Yazda’s work also led to the establishment of two resettlement programs in Canada and Australia, which resulted in the resettlement of thousands of survivors and their families.

On national level: Yazda’s advocacy project also helped the Yazidi community speak up about their problems on the national level with both the central government in Baghdad and in Erbil. Yazda has provided the two governments with various information on the state of the Yazidi community.

Yazda has also established All Party Parliamentary Group on Yazidis in the UK`s House of Common. Yazda Commemorates Yazidi Genocide every year through a high level event in Baghdad.

Yazidi Cultural Center in Nebraska

The Yazidi Cultural Center (YCC) in Lincoln, Nebraska, has been serving the Yazidi Community for the last two years. The YCC is a unique Center with the largest population of the resettled Yazidi community in the United States. The center provides assistance in education, legal matters, and psychosocial support to survivors. Read more here.

Documentation and Legal Project

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Annual Reports

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