Mercy Hands for Humanitarian Aid (Acronym: MH) is a young and dynamic Iraqi non-governmental organization (NGO) formed in the aftermath of the 2003 war in Iraq by Dr. Khaldoon Al-Moosawi. Our aim is to alleviate the suffering of disaster affected populations, facilitate the reach of humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable groups, and participate in building Iraqi Civil Society.
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Mercy Hands is an active member of the following Networks:
- NCCI (NGOs Coordination Committee for Iraq www.ncciraq.org
- Iraqi Legal Clinics Network http://en.lcniq.org/
- Iraqi Network for UN Resolution 1325
- BPCS (Broadening Participation through Civil Society) www.musharakah.net
Principles for Action
⦁ Access to the most vulnerable population Mercy Hands directly reaches the most vulnerable populations; the homeless/ displaced, urban poor and war victims.
⦁ Fairness and Impartiality without discrimination, Mercy Hands operates in all locations concerning the homeless and urban poor without regard to political, religious or sectarian backgrounds.
⦁ Readiness Mercy Hands is ready to operate in all locations and is hoping to expand our programs to cover the entire country.
⦁ Commitment Mercy Hands is committed to assisting vulnerable communities, such as Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s), children, at-risk, homeless and urban poor, in relieving their suffering by meeting their needs and improving their living standards.
'Mercy Hands' Charter
Article 1: Mercy Hands for Humanitarian Aid is a non-governmental, non-profit and non-political organization established in post-conflict Iraq, and is not governed by any political or religious considerations.
Article 2: Aid is given regardless of the religion, sect or ethnic background of recipients and without adverse distinction of any kind. Aid priorities are reckoned on the basis of need alone
Article 3: We act to assist civilian populations who are vulnerable, marginalized and affected directly or indirectly by conflict or economic collapse and who cannot be assisted by the authorities. Our intervention is to maintain an emergency response capacity and standardize living conditions.
Article 4: Where human beings are under threat, our vocation is to come to their aid, to provide relief, and to save lives.
Article 5: We reaffirm our belief in the humanitarian imperative and its primacy. By this we mean the belief that all possible steps should be taken to prevent or alleviate human suffering arising out of conflict or calamity, and that civilians so affected have a right to protection and assistance.
Article 6: We hold ourselves accountable to both those we seek to assist and to those from whom we accept resources.
Roles and Responsibilities
- We recognize that it is firstly through their efforts that the basic needs of people affected by calamity or armed conflict are met.
- We acknowledge the primary role and responsibility of the State to provide assistance when peoples' capacity to cope has been exceeded.
- Mercy Hands recognizes that State and community responsibilities cannot be assumed without training and empowerment.
- Mercy Hands will continue to play an active role with Local, National and International Humanitarian bodies and Civil Society Institutes in filling the gaps and finding long term solutions.
- We commit ourselves to make every effort to ensure that people affected by conflict or displacement have access to at least the minimum requirements of living standards to satisfy their basic right to a life lived with dignity.
- We expect to be held accountable to this commitment and have undertaken to develop systems for accountability and transparency within our respective consortium.
- We acknowledge that our fundamental accountability must be to those we seek to assist.