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WADI promotes self-help programs since 1992 in the Middle East - Israel, Jordan and Iraq. In our projects practical help is combined with monitoring of and lobbying for citizen rights: rehabilitation projects for long-term prisoners, literacy programs, education and training for women, public awareness of and fight against domestic violence as well as campaigns against FGM (Female Genital Mutilation).

Helping people help themselves

Any effective change is based on self-responsible decisions by the people affected. Long-term development needs not alms but the support of those who strive to improve their living conditions. Democratic rights and opportunities for individuals to decide their own future, are the indispensable condition for development aid not to remain charity.

Partisan, non-partisan

Fighting underdevelopment, poverty and discrimination needs more than to supply food, to drill wells and distribute seeds. Disaster relief can not be seperated from the question of granting rights and the freedom of the individual to determine his own future. Therefore, development assistance must take party. The supposedly "impartial" help becomes biased in the worst way, where it leaves the social causes of distress untouched and operates within structures that perpetuate injustice and poverty.

Party must be taken on the side of people who were cut off from their right to happiness and a decent life. Development therefore always means interfering in social conditions. The programs of WADI take sides - and yet are independent of political parties. Project partners are local initiatives which advocate outside of state and party structures for a concrete improvement of conditions.

Only democratization boosts prospects

The experience of taking agency and accomplishing change is often an important step towards overcoming the disenfranchisement. This includes not only the protection and respect for individual rights, but the possibility to effectively take a stance for ones own interests. Nationalist and Islamist ideologies which demand total submission of the individual do not appeal to self-confident people who have learned to take their affairs in their own hands. Without democracy, there are no prospects for a "better" Middle East.

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Selected News and Project Updates:

Press Review | 26.05.2016
How These Yazidi Girls Are Finding Hope After Escaping ISIS Sex Slavery

Financial Report | 25.05.2016
Audited Financial Report for Projects in Iraq 2015

Press Review | 05.05.2016
The Refugee Radio Station Making Waves In Iraqi Kurdistan

Project Update | 01.05.2016

11 Years Community Radio Denge Nwe

Project Update | 04.04.2016
Afrin School for Syrian Refugees

Press Statement | 16.03.2016
Halabja Day 2016: End the impunity

Press Review | 04.03.2016
Changing minds about genital mutilation in Iraqi Kurdistan

Project Update | 22.2.2016
Secondary education for 8350 IDPs and Syrian refugees

Project Update | 22.2.2016
Relief for Yezidi in cooperation with Sikh community

New Project | 18.02.2016
A Refugees for Refugees Radio in Iraqi-Kurdistan

Project Update | 14.02.2016
Awareness about Domestic Violence for Refugees and Internally Displaced

Press Release | 05.02.2016
Day of Zero Tolerance against FGM: WADI’s Campaign in Kurdistan in danger

Project Update | 01.02.2016
Report about the Work of Mobile Teams assisting Yazidi Victims of ISIS

Project Update | 16. 01. 2016
More assistance and help for Yazidi refugees

Press Release | 11.1.2016
Wadi and Aware organize first conference on FGM in Singapore

Fusion.net | 28.12.2015
These amazing women-only units are helping girls who escaped ISIS

MSNBC | 2.12.2015
Women's center in Iraqi Kurdistan aids refugees

Wadi News | 27.11.2015
Discussing FGM at the Scientific Islamic Union

Wadi News | 26.11.2015
FGM Awareness for Men

Wadi News | 25.11.2015
International Day for the eliminition of violence against women in Iraqi-Kurdistan

Wadi News | 19.11.2015
First independent student newspaper in Northern Iraq

Wadi News | 13.11.2015
Jinda Center - A beacon of hope for Yazidi girls who escapes ISIS slavery

Telesur | 19.9.2015
Rear Window: A mile in their Shoes - Testimonies by Yazidi Victims

Wadi News | 21.08.2015
Newsletter on the anniversary of the chemical attacks in Syria

Foreign Affairs | 27.7.2015
Grading Iraqi Kurdistan's Progress Against Female Genital Mutilation

Al Jazeera | 22.07.2015
For Yazidi girls escaping ISIL, a long road to healing

Al Jazeera | 30.6.2015
Halabja gas attack victims welcome Iraqis fleeing ISIL