Project Nineveh is Habibi International’s ministry in the Kurdish Region of Iraq (KRI). Since 2015, Project Nineveh has served the refugees and IDPs through healthcare assistance through medical & dental aid, teaching English, distributing food packages, providing generators and heaters, and visiting refugee shelters. The KRI encompasses the Nineveh province, the region mentioned most notably in the book of Jonah. After realizing the significance of that region, the name “Project Nineveh” was born. Our hope is to see the entire region of Nineveh restored.
The Yazidis are an ethnically Kurdish religious community who live primarily in the Nineveh province of Iraq. The Yazidis, who are monotheistic but not Islamic, have long been persecuted for their beliefs and ethnicity and have endured 72 genocides. In August 2014, ISIS militants overran and attacked the town of Sinjar and surrounding areas in a “forced conversion campaign,” executing thousands of Yazidi men and abducting thousands of women and children to be raped and used as sex slaves. About 50,000 Yazidis fled to the nearby Sinjar Mountains where they became trapped, surrounded by ISIS and facing starvation and dehydration. Those who were able to escape to safety now live in temporary tents and makeshift homes in Northern Iraq and surrounding areas, joining the population of 3 million displaced people in Iraq.
Building relationships. Earning the right to be heard. Planning and working alongside local leaders. Finding solutions to change the future for their kids and the next generation. Here’s what we’ve accomplished in 2018:
Empowered over 600 children in our English Camps
Trained staff at 3 different Iraqi based NGOs in mental health care
Provided medical & dental services in 6 UN camps to over 2,000 patients