Iraqi Children Foundation

Protect. Nurture. Empower.

aka ICF   |   Falls Church, VA   |  www.iraqichildren.org

Mission

The Iraqi Children Foundation intervenes with love and hope in the lives of Iraqi children who are vulnerable to abuse, neglect, and exploitation by criminals, extremists, and human traffickers. Our mission is to invest in orphans, street children, and displaced children by -
• Being a voice for children with no voice
• Mobilizing resources to invest in education, health, protection, and trauma care
• Emphasizing sustainable hand-up initiatives over hand-outs
• Investing in training and capacity building of Iraqis caring for children

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Elizabeth (Liz) McRae

Main address

PO Box 233

Falls Church, VA 22040-0233 USA

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Formerly known as

Sponsor Iraqi Childrens Foundation

EIN

26-1394773

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At the end of the Iraq War, UNICEF reported (2012) that there were an estimated 800,000 orphans. Later, approximately 1.3 million kids were displaced by ISIS violence. A 2019 US Department of Labor report estimated that 450,000 Iraqi children (14 and under) work by begging, selling on the street, in businesses like garages or factories, or as domestic labor. Many children suffer from trauma and lack key legal documents to go to school and get food or other benefits. These kids are at great risk of abuse, neglect, and exploitation by criminals, extremists, and human traffickers. Now, The COVID-19 pandemic has added to their hardships.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Baghdad Street Lawyers and Social Services Project

This project provides legal protection to orphans and street children who are abused or exploited by criminals and traffickers. It also provides missing legal documents to vulnerable children who need them to enroll in school or get food rations and other benefits. Social workers help children with health care, mediation with families to end child labor and abuse, and other social services. In 2020, a unit to protect children from sex trafficking, labor trafficking, and human organ trafficking was launched.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Incarcerated people

Two used buses have been converted into colorful, child friendly classrooms for desperately poor orphans, street kids, and children displaced by conflict. They provide tutoring, a nutritious meal, medical care, social services, and recreation. Hope Bus 1 has been operating since 2017 and Hope Bus 2 was launched in November 2018.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

League of Arab States Appreciation Award on Arab American Day 2018 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

"Number of children who get assistance with important legal documents"

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Baghdad Street Lawyers and Social Services Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2020, during COVID, the government suspended issuing new legal documents for a time so the results of this program were significantly impacted.

"Number of children receiving legal protection and representation"

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Baghdad Street Lawyers and Social Services Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Because of COVID, this program was impacted by court closures and other hardships.

"Number of children receiving social services (e.g. access to health, help to stop abuse or child labor, etc.)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Baghdad Street Lawyers and Social Services Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

As with other programs, the impact of COVID on social services for orphans and vulnerable children was significantly impacted.

"Number of children tutored and fed nutritious meals on two "Hope Buses"

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

HOPE BUSES

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

For part of the year, COVID restrictions required the Hope Buses to be closed so the results of the Hope Bus programs were impacted.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Iraqi Children Foundation seeks to intervene in the lives of Iraq's most vulnerable children at the time they are at greatest risk from abuse, neglect, and exploitation by criminals, human traffickers, and extremists.

ICF's goals are:
•Being a voice for children with no voice
•Mobilizing resources for education, health, legal protection, and trauma care
•Emphasizing sustainable hand-up initiatives over hand-outs
•Investing in training and capacity building of Iraqis caring for children

Our strategy for being a "voice for children with no voice" is to raise awareness through ICF's "In Their Shoes" 5Ks and similar events to educate the public on the crisis facing Iraq's children and motivate them to take action. We also do a newsletter, use social media, and have released two videos.

Our strategy for mobilizing resources and emphasizing hand up initiatives is to focus on fundraising and partnerships with trusted local Iraqi NGOs, staffed by lawyers and social workers, to deliver legal protection, help end child labor, ensure access to tutoring and public school, provide medical care and nutrition.

Our strategy for capacity building is to bring to Iraq top US talent from the award winning Children' Village (CV) of NY to provide psychosocial training and technical assistance/assessment of government and NGO care of orphans and vulnerable children. We also support training visits to CV. In 2020, we started using technology to deliver distance coaching and mentoring of Iraqi social workers by an Arabic-speaking Iraqi American psychotherapist. The sessions provide tools to the social workers but also help prevent burnout.

Our capabilities rest primarily in the experience and expertise that our Board members and Advisors have in Iraq, our US-based relationship with the award winning Children's Village of New York, and our Iraq-based relationships with competent and trustworthy Iraqi NGOs. This year we have enlisted the professional assistance of an Iraqi-American psychotherapist to provide culturally sensitive coaching in Arabic to Iraqi social workers. ICF serves as a cost-effective catalyst in identifying and bringing resources and local experts to each of the projects we support rather than incurring high costs of hiring in-house staff in Iraq. We have a robust volunteer support staff as well.

*In 2020, despite facing heavy headwinds from the COVID-19 crisis that led to school closings, city curfews, and limited court access for periods of time, this is what ICF accomplished:
* 201 children got missing legal documents needed to enroll in school or get food and other benefits
*221 children got legal protection and assistance with the police and courts
*In Q4, the Street Lawyers launched a special anti-trafficking project to address sex trafficking of young girls as well as human organ trafficking and labor trafficking.
*135 children received social services such as medical care, mediation with families, intervention in cases of abuse, and help in ending child labor.
*Hope Buses 1 and 2 served 156 orphans and street children, full/part time, and provided an estimated 12,700 nutritious meals when COVID circumstances allowed classes to be open.
*NASA Astronaut Jessica Meir, who has Iraqi heritage, sent a message to the Hope Bus children from the International Space Station.
*To meet the emergency hardships of COVID, ICF provided 1,379 food packages of about a week's worth of food and hygiene supplies for desperately poor families in Baghdad, Basra, Mosul and Erbil.
*In partnership with the Rotary Club of Austin TX, ICF launched a new project to refurbish a school in Sinjar for Yazidi children who suffered greatly because of ISIS.
* Because of the COVID lockdowns, ICF held a virtual "Road to Baghdad" event to raise awareness and funding for Iraqi children.
*ICF's revenue in 2020, despite COVID pressures, rose approximately 22% over 2019 revenue

Financials

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Iraqi Children Foundation

Board of directors
as of 8/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Grant Felgenhauer

Euphrates Advisors

Term: 2021 - 2023

Mohammed Khudairi

Barbara Marlowe

Ward Scott, Esq.

Grant Felgenhauer

Ali Halabi

David Collins

Luma Jaffar

Michael Jason

Dr. Rafid Aziz

Layla Fattah

Michael Jason

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