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The non-governmental organization, Shingala Azad was established in 2015 to work with other local and international organizations to provide support and assistance to local people in Nineveh Province, Sinjar / Shingal, Iraqi Kurdistan and people in the surrounding refugee camps. Shingala Azad’s main activities also include providing healthcare, food, social and social assistance, fighting for the rights of women and children, defending the rights of victims of the war against the Islamic State, refugees and all those in need in the Iraqi Kurdistan region and throughout the Republic of Iraq.
Since 2016, Shingala Azad has been successfully cooperating with a partner from the Slovak Republic, that’s named as Slovak Catholic Charity. In 2017, the cooperation was extended by another organization – the Diocesan Charity Brno from the Czech Republic. This growing cooperation includes financing and co-financing with other organizations, preparation and implementation of various smaller and larger joint humanitarian projects.
Many of the large and most important projects for the region of Shingala Azad projects with the Slovak Catholic Charity (Caritas Slovakia) were projects of building 15 wells providing new sources of uncontaminated drinking water funded by the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Slovak Bishops’ Conference.
One of the first joint projects with a budget of EURO 2,336.16 in 2016 was the implementation of fuel oil for heaters, which was provided to internally displaced persons in the Sinjar / Shingal area. The following project, again in cooperation with the Slovak Catholic Charity, was funded by the Conference of Bishops of Slovakia (KBS). The aim of the restoration of the wells, which were destroyed by the so-called Islamic State, was to ensure safe access to uncontaminated drinking water for 4,500 people of this area in need (the project budget was EURO 60,620.00).
In April 2018, we implemented a project to dig a new well and reservoir in the town of Sinjar / Shingal, which was freed from the so-called ISIS terrorists and to which the original inhabitants are returning (the project budget is 44,300 EURO). Another project was the construction of two wells and two reservoirs in the village of Feshabur carried out in 2018 (the project budget was 81,040 EURO).
We have also completed a project to build three more water wells and renovate one well and one reservoir in the village of Bozan, 35 km away from Mosul. The project budget was 210,000 EURO. In addition, we recently completed a project to build three other wells in Ba’ashiqah and Bahzani with a budget of 206,000 EURO. And in 2020 we start another project construction of two wells providing drinking water in the villages of Hasan Ava and Shekhka and a project budget of 200,000 EURO, construction of one drinking water well in the village of Srechka with a budget of 72,500 EURO, and water filters for households in the municipality of Avzeryke with a budget of EUR 33 100. All these projects were sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia – Slovakaid, the Conference of Bishops of Slovakia and the Slovak Catholic Charity.
Together with the Diocesan Charity Brno, we both implemented a project to build a medical facility – a clinic in the village of Sharfadeen, including staffing the clinic with medical staff composed of local people and financial support for the operation of the clinic.
Other related joint projects were the opening of a medical center and the construction of a bakery in the town of Sinjar / Šingal. Shingala Azad and the Diocesan Charity Brno have been cooperating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic since 2018 on the implementation of humanitarian projects and the operation of already implemented projects. Among the projects co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic in 2018 is the expansion of the pediatric clinic in Sharfadeen with a general practitioner’s office and a gynecological department, including the operation of the entire clinic, in the total amount of CZK 1,999,097.00. Another co-financed follow-up project in 2019 was the construction of a new medical clinic and bakery in the town of Sinjar / Šingal in the amount of CZK 4,994,200, which was co-financed by the Diocesan Charity Brno in the amount of CZK 500,000.00.
Financial support for projects from the Diocesan Charity Brno:
A – operation of the pediatric clinic in Sharfadeen in 2018 amounted to EURO 10,983.00,
B – the subsequent operation of the pediatric clinic in Sharfadeen in 2018 amounted to EURO 16,993.00,
C – the subsequent operation of a pediatric clinic in the municipality of Sharfadeen in the period from the end of the year and the following year 2019 in the amount of 14,462.00 EURO.
In 2020, the provision of primary medical care at the already established clinic in Sinjar, the provision of primary medical care at the already established clinic in Sharfadeen and the availability of new specialized medical care in gynecology and dentistry departments in Sinjar, Iraq continued. The project was financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the Diocesan Charity Brno, the project was financed by CZK 4,500,000. At the same time, the project was successfully completed on 31 October 2020 and it was handed over to the Ministry of Health in Nineveh Governorate, which falls under the Ministry of Health in Baghdad, on November 1st 2020.
List of implemented projects supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic (MFA CR) aimed at ensuring the basic living needs of internally displaced persons – mainly from the Sinjar area:
2017 – Project of the Pediatric Clinic – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic – CZK 486,300
2018 – Bakery project – MFA CR – 500 047 CZK
2019 – Reconstruction/renovation of a school in the village of Babire – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic – CZK 457,000
List of implemented projects supported by the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs aimed at ensuring the basic living needs of internally displaced persons – especially from the Sinjar region:
2019 – Social program at IDP Camp in Khanke complex Bakery Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs – 9,916.40 EURO.
2020 – Support in the form of sanitary + food packages for displaced persons from the territory of Nineveh – 9998.59 EURO.