Our primary objective is to enable Iraqi orphans children to become educated by removing barriers and by improving diagnosis and treatment of disabilities such as autism and other learning deficits. In order to accomplish this, we must also empower and educate single/widowed mothers, most of whom have no preparation for supporting a family.
Iraqi Children’s Hope works in three keys areas in Iraq: Mental Health, Education, and Self-Empowerment. Our focus is on orphans children who, without help, will have no future; we also work with young adults and widowed women to help them achieve the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty.
Our three keys areas are:
Our focus is on children who have mental health issues. To accomplish this, we educate childcare professionals, teachers, and parents to recognize symptoms of childhood disabilities and to know how/where to refer children/families for help. We help families develop healthy habits, and we connect them to services available in their communities.
Our focus in education is to remove barriers that keep orphaned children from going to school and to increase awareness and treatment of mental health issues so that a child can be successful in a learning environment despite those challenges.
As stated, our primary focus is on educating youth, but for that to be successful we must also work with adults who learn to be economically successful and educationally supportive. Widowed/single mothers have enrolled in training programs which allow them to earn enough money to support their families. They also learn about mental health issues that impair their children so that they may work to counter any challenges.