The severe humanitarian crisis that Iraq has now been enduring for several years has driven us to intervene in this context, with emergency projects aimed at improving the living conditions of girls and boys, guaranteeing them assistance and support in particular in the field of education and child protection.

Why we work there

The long years of conflict and the ongoing struggle against Daesh (ISIS) have had a massive impact on the economic crisis that Iraq is facing. The geo-political panorama is extremely complex and one of the main consequences for the young is the high rate of absence from school. The lack of security and the economic poverty force many children and young people of school age to abandon their studies.

There are unfortunately so many instances of childhood being denied and many kids count the cost with fear, phobia and psychological complexes caused by exposure to violent conflict. For many of them this is violence lived in the first person because of the extreme phenomenon of the child soldiers. Recent UNICEF estimates refer to about 4 million children who are victims of the extreme poverty that the Country is facing.

In Iraq we are launching support programmes aimed at evacuee and refugee children and young people. An initial study on the ground (needs assessment) conducted by our operators, shows a wide divergence in access to the education system and the world of work on the part of children and young people.

The main difficulties are represented by a lack of quality in the education services and a lack of connection between the world of teaching and that of work.

Works are also planned to rebuild schools, as well as transport for the students and informal education activities and psycho-social support for girls and boys.

As well as the presence on the ground in Iraq, Helpcode is also officially present in the autonomous region of Kurdistan (To operate in the so-called “Retaken Areas” the NGO’s need to register with the central government of Iraq in Baghdad).

Data from 2017 shows that Kurdistan has about 325,000 internal evacuees and about 250,000 refugees in the camps or in peripheral urban areas. It is into this context that our intervention in Erbil is inserted, where we offer professional training courses for teachers, educators and social assistants in order to prepare the personnel to provide the psycho-social support activities and protection of unaccompanied minors.

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Country representative

Valeria Fabbroni
Valeria Fabbroni
Projects Office

Data on Iraq

36.4 million

number of inhabitants

5.7 million

population under 5 years old


average age of the population

11.608 USD

average annual income per capita

32 / 1000

infant mortality under 5 years old


rate of infantile malnutrition (% < 5 years old)


illiteracy index (> 15 years old)


population with secondary school qualification (% > 25 years old)


internal evacuees


refugees from countries of origin


happiness index (on a scale of 1-10)

Source: Human Development Index 2016, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)