One of the greatest challenges for Kurdistan’s development will be dealing with the long-term needs of the displaced, including the many women who have become their family’s primary breadwinner. In such circumstances people are desperate and vulnerable to exploitation and abuse; child labor and early marriage are a serious concern; the remote location of many camps makes income generation difficult; trauma and other mental health issues can make work more challenging.
It’s critical that we offer opportunities for sustainable livelihoods now — during displacement — which can sustain them in the long-term, whether they remain in areas they have fled to or have returned home. Training and work opportunities allow people to meet their basic needs, offer hope for the future, and help the healing process.
SEED provides Livelihood Training to equip both men and women with skills that will enable them to provide for their families in a safe and dignified way. Our programs are currently focused on building technical skills of the participants, and in the next phase, integrate the income generation activity, as well as capacity building in resources management and entrepreneurship.