Education in Iraq
Love Does began working in Iraq in 2014. Our main focus was to provide support to families and children who had been impacted by the conflict, especially during a time when the terrorist group, ISIS, displaced millions of people. We started a school in Soran, a beautiful mountain town in the north, to provide these displaced kids with the amazing education that they deserved, and to ensure that their lives were not permanently disrupted by the conflict.
We worked alongside a local partner and the government in order to provide this education, and in 2018 we handed it over to them to continue to operate the school and keep it running. We feel confident in their ability to operate this school well, and know how much they love these students! This transition is an encouraging step for the school’s sustainability and lasting presence in this community.
The Love Does Village
Due to the conflict in Syria, many families fled to the north of Iraq for safety. When these Syrian Refugee families came into Soran, many were living in makeshift homes made up of tarps and shells of buildings.
With the support of some of our amazing friends, we built 20 homes that made up the Love Does Village. There is no one living there as of today because the families went back home, but we’re grateful that for a period of time they had adequate shelter.
The Love Does Hospital
As the community in Soran evolved and settled, so did their needs. After starting the school and building the Love Does Village, the next need was a hospital. Our friends from the Village Church in British Columbia, and many other supporters rallied together to make this amazing facility possible!
The Love Does Hospital officially opened its doors in March of 2018. We have since handed it over to the local government and community to operate and run, and it is a truly incredible place.