Community Resilience

Community resilience is a measure of the sustained ability of a community to utilize available resources to respond to, withstand, and recover from adverse situations. Mercy Hands has designed and implemented community resilience activities in different parts of Iraq, mostly targeting communities affected by military operations or armed conflicts. 

Excerpt of Resilience Activities

  • Supplying and installing water pipes for disaster affected communities in Babil and Muthanna governorates
  • Cash for work in Baghdad (2011 – 2012)
  • Conflict Resolution program for Palestinian refugees in Baghdad (2005 – 2006): through which Palestinian refugees and vulnerable families from surrounding neighborhoods were jointly trained on income generation, such as ready-to-eat processing and marketing, handcrafting, and hairdressing and barbering training.
  • Construction/ rehabilitation of local neighborhood bazaars in Baghdad. (2012)
  • Drilling wells for irrigation in remote villages outside Baghdad city. 2012
  • Establishing Community Learning Centers in Iraq for Literacy and Life Skills Program: Women of female headed household were enrolled in literacy and life skills course and then provided with sewing machines (2013)