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Qandil

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QANDIL is a not-for-profit, non-governmental, non-political, and non-religious Swedish humanitarian aid organization that was founded in 1991 in Stockholm, Sweden. Initially focusing on raising awareness on the rights of the people of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, QANDIL’s operations gradually extended to providing humanitarian aid in other parts of the country as well.

QANDIL has traditionally been funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). However, various UN agencies have recently become QANDIL’s most important funders as well. Through its wide range of humanitarian activities and joint projects in the three governorates of Duhok, Erbil, and Suleimaniya over the last few years, QANDIL has now grown to become one of the biggest implementing partners of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. QANDIL has also received funding from UNDP, UNICEF, WFP, and many other smaller donors and the private sector.

Background

In 1991 Qandil started its work in Iraq, in the Kurdish region (KRG) in the Governorates of Erbil, Duhok and Sulaimaniya. Qandil’s work to improve the water and sewerage infrastructure in Iraq, today provides more than two million people in the villages and towns of northern Iraq with water and more than a million people have benefited to date from Qandil’s work in the health sector whose programs were funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation agency (Sida) and UNCHR.

 

The driving force behind Qandil’s operation is the eradication of poverty and assisting those in most need in disadvantaged areas. Various development projects have been added to our activities in recent years, primarily within the area of water and the environment.

QANDIL begins working in Hasansham U2

UNHCR confirmed in a press release that Hasansham U2 IDP is now open and ready to receive IDPs. QANDIL has already begun protection activities at the camp assisting the newly arriving families from Mosul. The camp has a capacity for 9,000 people and QANDIL will continue to work in partnership with UNHCR to make sure that adequate protection, community and legal services are provided.

Since the fighting began in Mosul government figures suggest that more than 610,000 people have been displaced. Humanitarian actors across the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) have noted that protection concerns continue to be paramount, placing QANDIL in a prominent position in the overall response.
Read Real Stories on Qandils homepage

13 year old Dilan, a Syrian refugee from Hassaka, plays Bağlama (Saz). He is blind and has never gone to school. “I started playing Bağlama when I was 7. My father hired a music tutor for me, and I quickly learned how to play the instrument at home,” he says. “When there are small parties and special events inside the refugee camp, I am always invited to play Bağlama and sing national and love songs.” Dilan had more taste in music when he was home in Syria. His wish is to become a famous musician in the future and to follow his dreams in a peaceful world, free of violence and war.

There is a possibility for Dilan’s physical disability to be cured, but in one of the more advanced countries. His mother is asking for financial support from NGOs and humanitarian agencies.

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