Our primary objective is to provide necessities to Iraqi orphans and under-privileged children and provide them with access to education by removing societal and personal barriers and improving the diagnosis and treatment of personal disabilities such as autism and other learning deficiencies. To accomplish this, we must also empower and educate single/widowed mothers that lack vital life and professional skills to help them in supporting their family.
Iraqi Children’s Hope works in three key areas: mental health, education, and self-empowerment. Our focus is on orphan children who, without help, will have no positive future. We also work with young adults and widowed women to help them break the cycle of poverty.
Our three keys areas are:
In a country suffering from decades of war, political instability, and harsh economic conditions, attention to the health and welfare of orphans children, especially those with mental health issues, has been neglected. Lack of education in this domain has resulted in the misdiagnosis and insufficiency of treatment of mental health issues affecting many young children. To combat this, I.C. Hope educates childcare professionals, teachers, and parents to recognize symptoms of childhood disabilities and how/where to refer children and families for assistance. We help families develop healthy habits and connect them to services available in their communities.
Our focus in education is to remove societal and personal barriers that may prevent orphan children from attending school as well as increase awareness and treatment of mental health issues so that children can be successful in their learning environments despite their personal challenges. In addition to providing necessary school supplies and uniforms to orphaned children, we provide supplemental tutoring to improve children’s learning capabilities.
As stated, our primary focus is on educating orphans and under-privileged children, but for that to be successful, I.C. Hope must also provide programs for the guardian adults to teach them how to be economically successful and educationally supportive to their children. Widowed/single mothers have enrolled in training programs that teach them how to earn enough money to support their families. They also learn about mental health issues that impair their children’s success so they may work to counter the challenges their children may face.
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