US-Sponsored Projects Assist Vulnerable Communities

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad hosted the “Victories from Iraq” bazaar on February 16, 2013, featuring the work of Iraqi artists who have benefitted from U.S. Government-funded skills and business training programs.

Since 2007, the U.S. State Department has provided over $53 million to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to implement livelihood projects for 145,000 Iraqis. One of the IOM’s most recent projects, the Community Revitalization Program (CRP), partners with grassroots NGOs to extend vocational and business skills training to vulnerable communities in over 13 governorates in Iraq. Training ranges from weaving to organic farming to dental lab work. Beneficiaries are then offered business courses on how to market their new skills and manage their finances.

Addressing representatives from international organizations, local NGOs, and diplomatic counterparts, U.S. Ambassador Stephen Beecroft (pictured) said:

"This event represents what can be accomplished when governments partner with international organizations and grass roots NGOs to collectively address problems of unemployment, underemployment, displacement, and destitution."

The bazaar also featured international award-winning artwork from children at the Iraq Safe House for Orphans and a performance by the local band “Quartet InJazz.”

(Source: Embassy of the United States)

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