October 2016

The Kurdish Relief Fund (KRF) returned from a 25-day visit to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to distribute education supplies to displaced Iraqis and Syrians. 
A group of volunteers led by KRF President Najat Abdullah distributed the supplies in camps and off-camp locations in Rawanduz, Soran, Sharya, and around Duhok. 
Today more than 1.8 million Syrians and Iraqis have found refuge in the Kurdistan Region. Although nearly 30 camps have been constructed in the region, more than half of all refugees and IDPs remain off-camp, where the targeting of aid is more difficult. The ongoing operations to liberate the city of Mosul are expected to displace as many as one million more people, adding to the challenge. 
Over 1,000 backpacks filled with pencils, notebooks, and other school supplies were donated through the Nowruz Commission, a nonprofit that fundraises at an annual gala in Washington, DC. 
Although the UN, international and local NGOs, and the Kurdistan Regional Government provide emergency food, water, and shelter to displaced people, they have struggled to provide education and livelihood support. The distributions by KRF and the Nowruz Commission are an effort to fill critical gaps in international aid.