2020 was a difficult year for all of us. The coronavirus pandemic hit every country, taking millions of lives. It also worsened people’s livelihood situations and psychological states, leaving many without jobs and income. The economic and political situation in Iraq remains unstable with
widespread humanitarian problems. Conflicts between different political and military forces have a strong impact on the lives of ordinary people. Unemployment, the economic crisis and the lack of basic services have led to protests in both Iraq and Kurdistan. With limited progress towards recovery and development, the situation has become protracted, and millions of people throughout Iraq remain in need of humanitarian assistance.
In 2020 REACH tried to adapt to the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and supported vulnerable people of Iraq by strengthening their livelihoods and contributing to resilience building.
In 2020, we continued to provide humanitarian aid to IDPs, refugees and vulnerable host communities, through protection initiatives, as well as mixed solution programs across Shelter, Non-Food Items, PARC, WASH and Livelihood sectors. This year was one of great achievements including larger scale projects including landfill construction, trash collection service provision, shelter rehabilitation and new construction, household and emergency rapid needs assessment.
Furthermore we partnered with INGOs and through the support of local institutions in water infrastructure construction, such as establishing water pipeline system in urban areas, water supply system rehabilitation. We also implemented projects in rural areas including water tank installations and more complex rehabilitation works.
We invite you to review our Annual Report for 2020. We would also like to thank all of our staff and partners who have contributed to our work throughout the past year.
You can find the annual report 2020 here.