NEW OPERATIONS IN KURDISTAN
JDA is now registered in Iraqi Kurdistan and we have opened an office in Erbil. Our goal is to expand the excellent work JDA has been doing in Central Asia and to respond to the needs of the Kurdish people.
We initially started looking for opportunities to work in the agriculture sector, but after our initial visits we have found that there are greater needs. We are now making assessments in several ancient Christian and Yazidi villages that had been inhabited for hundreds of years, but were deliberately targeted by ISIS and savagely destroyed. In January of this year they were liberated from ISIS by Kurdish forces. The purpose of the assessment is to determine the cost of rebuilding homes, shops, churches, clinics and hospitals with plans to begin rebuilding. We are working in conjunction with a local construction company, and a young priest and his diocese, which oversees the spiritual and physical well-being of these villages and people. Together we will meet with displaced families to encourage them to return and become active participants in the rebuilding process. In addition, an apprenticeship program will be started to train young men in the building trades. We want to be a catalyst to help restore their communities and their lives.
We bring to Kurdistan 25 years of experience working with the people and communities in Central Asia and desire to continue to be a catalyst for transformation in Iraqi Kurdistan.