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Iraq is experiencing an urgent orphan crisis. A December 2012 report from UNICEF estimates the number of orphans in Iraq today at 800,000. Street children are estimated in the thousands. These children are dangerously vulnerable to recruitment and exploitation by criminals or terrorists, as well as physical abuse, human trafficking, and other risks. The plight of this large a number of children poses a serious humanitarian crisis as well as a threat to the future security and stability of Iraq. The need is desperate and urgent.

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The mission of the Iraqi Children Foundation is to assist the families and communities of Iraq by mobilizing a life-changing “Surge of Love” for millions of children orphaned by violence in Iraq. We are committed to doing this under the leadership of the Iraqi people by –

  • Serving as a catalyst to mobilize US and international partners
  • Investing in training and capacity building of Iraq’s non-governmental and community organizations
  • Emphasizing direct assistance for hand up, not hand out, projects


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