CHF VITAS Iraq has initiated a humanitarian activity to support people with disabilities by providing equipment and specialized training workshops at Yarmouk Institute in Baghdad, which includes tools and equipment to help them develop a skill that enables them to enter the job market.
CHF Vitas Iraq has supported the security sector (Police Command in Basra Governorate) and the educational sector (Education Directorate in Mudaina District) by providing them with library supplies (laptops and printers). This initiative was well received by these parties, they thanked the institution for this support and for its high sense of responsibility towards the various segments of society.
CHF Vitas Iraq along with their staff were honored to contribute during the “Arba'ein” visit to the holy city of kerbala. 12000 juice boxes were distributed in Babel for “Imam Hussain” visitors who came from the southern governorates to the holy city of Karbala.
As a part of "distributing food baskets" campaign, and after prior coordination with the NGO Department in Kurdistan, CHF Vitas Iraq distributed 300 food baskets to families in needs in Erbil Governorate in line with its humanitarian mission towards widows and orphans. Our team targeted needy families in Soran District, Rawanduz District and Shoman District to distribute the food basket. Families were thankful for the initiative taken by CHF Vitas Iraq and the continuous humanitarian work it provides.
On the occasion of the 53rd National Day of the Iraqi Press, CHF Vitas Iraq held a celebration to honor a group of distinguished journalists and media professionals from all governorates in appreciation of their active role in the society. Some journalists were honored with appreciation awards to thank them for their efforts towards our institution through the media coverage of our activities.
CHF Vitas Iraq distributed 200 food baskets during the holy month of ramadan support to less unfortunate families with in Kut, after prior coordination with Wasit Governorate Police Command. The team planned for distributing baskets to the families in need according to a database registered with district officials in Kut neighborhood Families and authorities were thankful for the initiative taken by CHF Vitas Iraq and the continuous humanitarian work it provides.
CHF Vitas Iraq always aim to support the health sector in Iraq. For that, CHF Vitas Iraq has supported several hospitals in Babel governorate, Hashimiya district and Diwaniyah Governorate by providing a number of medical wheelchairs and medical beds for hospital emergencies based on the need required for each hospital. The activity was coordinated with the general managers of health departments which appreciated CHF Vitas Iraq contribution and continuous support
Mother is the one who gives and expects nothing in return, no matter how hard you try to do and offer her. At this special occasion, CHF Vitas Iraq has honored their female - mothers borrowers by visiting them in their project locations and offering them certificates of appreciation along with a gift. Mothers were really cheered up and expressed their gratitude for CHF Vitas Iraq for sharing with them this special day.
Protecting displaced people from the cold was our goal to achieve in this campaign, where people in the camps will feel self-esteem, strength, and optimism because of the care of their community. CHF Vitas Iraq, in prior coordination with the Department of Non-Governmental Organizations, this coordination made it easier for us to work and move, to provide support, represented by a warmth campaign to the displaced families in the governorate of Mosul - Al-Jada camp. The support was by providing 384 blankets to face the severe cold weather in the camp. After our arrival, we developed a quick action plan to ensure that all families benefit from the support provided by our institution> Government and social figures: Mr. Raad from the Office of Migration and Displacement in the Nineveh Governorate Office, in addition to Mr. Adnan, the director of Al-Jada’a camp, the employees of the Ministry of Migration and Displacement, representatives of the Red Crescent Society present in the camp, in addition to the camp workers.
CHF Vitas Iraq supported the educational sector by preparing a number of double school seats in the holy Karbala governorate and its districts, and in prior coordination with the local government and the Directorate of Education. Several schools in the governorate, which are in greatest need, were nominated. The happiness of the educational staff and the smiles on the students' faces are what gave us the motivation and the sense of responsibility towards them. The attendants: the assistant director of equipment, a representative of the Director of Education, the Director of Education in the Hindiya district, a delegation from the Iraqi Teachers Union, several school principals, and the staff of the institution in Karbala office and the Hindi office attended. The activity was covered in the media by Samarra TV, Nina News Agency, the educational media for Karbala's education, and a number of pages related to the beneficiary schools.
Our campaign was launched to provide the simplest needs during this cold weather especially in the north. After prior coordination with government agencies in the Kurdistan Region - Sulaymaniyah Governorate, specifically with the Asayish Directorate, a plan of action was developed to implement the warmth campaign for families in need in the governorate. On Tuesday, 12/21/2021, our team went to many areas (Khabat neighborhood, Tangro neighborhood) to distribute heaters and blankets to families from the Arab and Kurdish groups who were nominated in advance by the mayors of the two areas. Our campaign also included the category of people with special needs. The smiles on the faces of children, women and the elderly were a motivation for us to continue our work. All attendees and beneficiary families thank and praise our institution for its continuous support to various segments of society. The representatives were the Asayish forces and the mayors of the areas in which the activity was carried out attended. The activity was covered in the media by Gali Kurdistan satellite channel, Ain Sulaymaniyah page and some social media.
Supporting the educational process after the return of attendance to schools after the Corona virus crisis, and minimizing the pressure on the Directorate of Education in the governorates by equipping schools with study seats. Coinciding with the start of the new school year after a two hard years due to the Corona virus pandemic, CHF Vitas Iraq supported the educational sector by preparing a number of double school seats in Najaf Governorate and in coordination with the local government and the Najaf Education Directorate. Several schools, who were in need in the governorate, were nominated in the districts, sub-districts, and centers. The smiles on the students' faces gave this activity its importance and reflected the main role played by CHF Vitas Iraq in the scope of supporting education. The director of civil defense in Najaf, Rashid Al-Azzawi, and Mr. Saad Saleh Mahdi, director of school equipment and his assistant, several school principals and the staff of the institution in the Najaf office attended. The activity was covered in the media by Samarra TV, Al-Ayyam TV, Channel 4, and the educational satellite channel. And several websites such as the Iraq Times, Panorama, and Badr News Agency, Nina News Agency, adding the attendance of Al-Rawda Al-Hussainiya Holy Radio. And the official page of the Directorate of Najaf and the flags of the Directorate of Civil Defense, and the distinguished attendance of members of the Administrative Board of the Journalists Syndicate.
The primary goal of the campaigns carried out by our foundation and still existing is to prevent, as much as possible, the threat of Coronavirus to various segments of society. Yesterday, our campaign was targeting the security forces and the health sector to alleviate their suffering from those standing in the first line of prevention to confront the emerging corona virus. Today, our campaign targets orphans and the elderly, and from here we consider that the medical supplies distribution campaign carried out by CHF Vitas Iraq is a necessary thing to protect and prevent the threat of the emerging corona virus and to contribute to preventing its spread. Our fifth stop is Erbil Governorate, after coordination with the Department of Foreign International Relations and the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, orphanages and the elderly were nominated as the most deserving group and that needs special care in order to protect them and reduce the threat of Corona virus on them. The process of preparing personal necessities is considered one of the initiatives that enhance the spirit of community solidarity among the various segments of society, and it is the humanitarian duty of CHF Vitas Iraq and its keenness to be the main motivation for the implementation of this activity due to its importance in the present age. This work was covered in the media through the satellite channels: Kurdistan tv, Kurdsat, KTV, Zagros Tv In addition to social media
CHF Vitas Iraq continues its humanitarian work all over Iraq during the covid 19 pandemic. This week’s initiative went towards the police security forces and the health sector by distributing medical kits such as facial masks, gloves and infrared thermometers. This activity took place in several governorates including Baghdad, Babel, Najaf, Basra and Mudaina where the organization made sure to support and protect the heroes to confront the emerging corona virus (Covid-19) and to limit its spread.
With the aim of providing support and assistance to health institutions during the Coronavirus pandemic, CHF Vitas Iraq has equipped a public health laboratory for examining people with Coronavirus with personal preventive medical supplies (protective suits, N95 masks, alcohol sterilization) and in coordination with the Babil Health Department. In addition to the humanitarian activities provided by the Foundation, and is still provided through sterilization campaigns and the distribution of supplies to hospitals and security services in various governorates to limit the spread of Corona.
As Iraq is going through an economic and health crisis, CHF Vitas Iraq aims to offer support and advancement to the underserved low-income segments of the Iraqi society, by improving their life conditions and providing access to basic necessities including food. To support this cause, CHF Vitas Iraq carried out a humanitarian initiative by distributing 200 food baskets in Sulaymaniyah in coordination with the provincial government. This activity comes as part of CHF Vitas Iraq’s major response campaign against the virus, which features streets’ sterilization activities in several Iraqi cities, as well as equipping hospitals and emergency response units with the required medical essentials.
Within the framework of supporting the state’s efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus pandemic, CHF Vitas Iraq launched its major initiative to sterilize residential and commercial areas in all governorates of Iraq after prior coordination with the General Directorate of Civil Defense and the Crisis Cell in each governorate. Our organization has provided them with sterilization materials previously approved by specialists, specifically the CBRN team of the Civil Defense that specializes in epidemics. The campaign included the capital Baghdad, with its Al Karkh and Al Rusafa neighborhoods, Al Najaf governorate specifically the Old City, and the Holy city of Karbala including the Hindiya and Al-Hurr districts. Despite the risk, our team fearlessly entered areas with existing Coronavirus records and completed the mission during late-night hours, placing their national and humanitarian duty first.
As a part of the campaign launched by the CHF Vitas Iraq to help in the spread of Coronavirus, the foundation initiated a plan to educate the community and guide them by spreading awareness on the measures that decrease the risk of getting infected with the virus. In direct coordination with the Iraqi National Response Team on Intervention during the spread of pandemics and the Iraqi Civil Defense team, the awareness campaign included the printing and distribution of 360 large banners that describe the correct methods of prevention of corona contagion in a clear and simple manner. The banners were installed in key locations across all provinces of Iraq.
The corona crisis hit Iraq hard, imposing lockdown in major cities and exerting pressure on the healthcare sector all over the country. As medical facilities and municipal services are essential to sustain overall continuity, Vitas Iraq set a new objective to support these organizations with a series of humanitarian initiatives. The first event was carried out in Hilla, Babylon province, where a team of Vitas Iraq staff set off to distribute healthcare kits including 20000 facial masks, 12000 medical gloves, 64 medical costumes, 100 liters of alcohol, 25 liters of medical disinfectants, and 16 laser thermometers to several hospital ECU units. A part of the facial masks was also given out to local security forces divisions, who are working hard to enforce order in these critical times. In recognition of this initiative, Vitas Iraq team was invited to participate in the Babylon Crisis Unit conference that was held in the Hilla main municipal hall, where measures aiming to contain the spread of the new Corona virus were examined and established. The unit consisting of the Governor of Babylon, the Chief of Babylon Police, the Director of Babel Health Sector and many other key local figures set our organization as an example for its active social role within the government and society in the face of crises.
In coordination with the Technical Institute and Vocational Training Center in Babylon, CHF Vitas Iraq sponsored a series of "Business Innovation” training courses for fresh university graduates. The courses objective was to equip the attendants with the skills that would enable them to plan, open and manage their own projects and enter the labor market in an effective and successful manner. These courses are part of a series of youth development and skills building courses conducted by CHF Vitas Iraq during 2018 and 2019 in order to and build the capacities of the Iraqi youth.
For eight consecutive years, CHF Vitas Iraq has been honoring a group of distinguished borrowers during the holy month of Ramadan by inviting them to Iftars across all branches of the institution. Each year, the event takes on a different character. In 2018, we invited and honored the borrowers who received 10 consecutive loans from our institution. In 2019, we invited the winners of our social media Ramadan contest, and had the opportunity to meet them and exchange conversations and success stories. The yearly Ramadan Iftars are a way of celebrating and expressing our appreciation and gratitude to our borrowers, through the success of whom we feel the pride of achieving our goal of serving the Iraqi society and improving its overall economic situation.
Mother is the symbol of unconditional love, and in an attempt to praise her, and emphasize the importance of working women as family supporters, CHF Vitas Iraq started a tradition of celebrating and honoring our female borrowers on Mother’s day on a yearly basis. The events vary from year to year, from by inviting them to festive ceremonies at our branches, to paying them surprise visits at their project locations with symbolic gifts and certificates of appreciation. The honored borrowers are diverse; widowed female clients, who despite the loss of their breadwinner, succeeded in supporting their families due to their strength and determination, women with special needs who face challenges in securing the basic necessities of life, and owners of very low income projects. In the year 20015, we presented them with handmade gifts, made by the students of Al-Huda Institute for the Deaf and Mute in Baghdad. The joy of the mother borrowers during the events was heartwarming, as our teams were greeted with joy and words of gratitude in the presence of their children in a pleasant atmosphere.
Under the slogan "Together to support the educational journey", CHF Vitas Iraq had the honor to contribute to the support of the educational sector in Iraq, by equipping public schools in poor condition, lacking basic necessities such as furniture and boards. For this campaign, 5,000 desks were exclusively produced in local Iraqi factories, and distributed to approximately 250 schools during the years 2017, 2018 and 2019 across the majority of governorates. The schools were selected based on the pre-assessment of their actual needs, carried out by our field teams. Moreover, a large number of locally produced whiteboards were also distributed, to cover a fraction of the actual devastating shortage in all public schools in Iraq, especially in the remote, rural areas.
CHF Vitas Iraq has established a reputation of a devoted supporter of the Iraqi educational sector, through its campaigns of equipping and sponsoring various local colleges and technical institutes. One of these was the Department of Digital Media at Dhi Qar University, which was equipped with 10 laptops with advanced specifications. Another was the Technical Institute in Babylon, which was supported by the opening of two exemplar classrooms, containing advanced learning tools such as smart boards, displays, laptops and 50 student desks.
As a part of CHF Vitas Iraq’s campaign to support the Educational sector in Iraq, and responding to the appeal made by the management of the Noor Al Hussein Primary School in Baghdad, which hosts approximately 850 students, including a class for students with hearing and vision disabilities. Our organization fully equipped the special needs classroom with a specialized smart whiteboard and a display screen, in addition to utilities such as a laptop, printer and learning desks. Moreover, we also provided the school with new water filters, large size water coolers and office furniture.
We at CHF Vitas Iraq believe that the Iraqi youth plays a major role at serving the country and shaping its future, and for this reason we seek to support and encourage this segment in every way possible. One of these attempts lead to the establishment of a series of events under the slogan “Creativity is the secret of excellence”, in which the top performing students of the primary, secondary and university levels who achieved the highest results in the government exams, were honored in special ceremonies. These resonating events took place in the provinces of Babylon, Baghdad, Najaf and Basra on the span of the years 2013, 2015 and 2019, and where attended by numerous local government and community representatives and media figures. Top students were honored with shields and presented valuable prizes such as laptops and ipads.
Throughout the years, CHF Vitas Iraq has become known for its nationwide efforts to contribute to the improvement of the life reality of the struggling segments of the Iraqi society such as the orphans, deaf and mute, and people with other disabilities through continuous support campaigns. Various learning supplies and equipment such as furniture, electrical appliances, smart boards, and laptops, were provided to numerous institutions such as Orphanages in Samawa, Babylon and Baghdad, Al-Amal Institutes for the deaf and mute in Basra, Nasiriya, and Kut, the Hearing Impaired Institute in Najaf, and many more.
In our ongoing effort to serve the Iraqi youth and the special needs segments, CHF Vitas Iraq sponsored several festivals and ceremonies, honoring these segments. One of these was the Iraqi Special Needs Day Festival in Nasiriya, where athletes with physical disabilities were provided with sports equipment and armor. This initiative was greeted with sincere gratitude and appreciation, as athletes were deeply touched by our institution’s consideration and support. CHF Vitas Iraq also sponsored the Creativity Week, which was established by the Faculty of Arts, Department of Media - University of Babylon, where we provided the festival with logistics materials, as well as honored the creative students from the Department of Media in the presence of a number of government and social figures. Finally, and most importantly, CHF Vitas Iraq sponsored the Arab Orphan day celebration in several orphanages across Samawa, Babylon, Baghdad and Basra. During the events, numerous gifts were given to the orphans (clothes, watches, games and sports equipment) in the presence of local government representatives.
CHF Vitas Iraq distributed more than 2,000 food baskets containing more than 14 basic food items to the displaced families in some IDP camps including Arbat camp in Sulaymaniya, and Al-Jada'a camp in Mosul. These initiatives received wide support and admiration of local communities, governments and media channels who’s representatives attended and covered the distribution events in those areas.
Based on our humanitarian and social mission, CHF Vitas Iraq has equipped several vocational rehabilitation institutes for the deaf and mute such as Al-Huda Institute for Vocational Rehabilitation, Yarmouk Vocational Rehabilitation Institute in Baghdad, and Al Hanna Institute in Sulaimaniya. The workshops in these institutes were equipped with all the necessary tools and raw materials that ensure the continuation of their work .
CHF Vitas Iraq distributed nearly 5,000 food baskets containing more than 14 basic food items as a one of a kind initiative to help and support the poor, widows and people with special needs in order to lend them a helping hand and alleviate their suffering. The distribution campaigns took place during the years 2014, 2105, 2016, 2017, covering all Iraqi provinces from Northern Iraq to the South, starting from the province of Sulaymaniya to the province of Basra.
The Youth and Sports sector gained its share of attention from CHF Vitas Iraq due to its important role in building a promising and healthy generation that would contribute to improving the future of Iraq. The fact that this sector includes a wide range of Iraqi segments of society is the cornerstone of building the homeland. Our organization has expressed its support for this category, by sponsoring the Olympic Week of Athletics held by the Directorate of Youth and Sports of the province of Babylon, where is honored and praised its talented participants. CHF Vitas Iraq also held sports marathons in Babylon and Najaf, which gained wide popularity and witnessed huge participation amongst the local youth.