The Refuge Initiative is a division of World Orphans - an initiative that is responding to the deepening refugee, IDP and humanitarian crisis unfolding in Iraq. 

Watch the video below to learn about the work that the Buxton family is doing through The Refuge Initiative to bring hope to hundreds of refugees from Northern Iraq.

Building camps of refuge, restoring dignity and hope, and providing pathways back to independent living for those running from persecution.

Photo by Jessie Parks | jessieparks.com

Photo by Jessie Parks | jessieparks.com

With 3 villages up and running, we are providing shelter, community and a base for rebuilding lives.

Building a camp is one thing, providing a place of refuge is quite another. TRI develops micro-camps in partnership with the refugees, placing their specific needs first and empowering them with autonomy. The result is the formation of genuine communities of Hope. By keeping our camps small in the range of 100 - 250 people, we maintain the normal village social structure that most refugees come from, greatly minimizing the difficulties of transition and giving them the strong sense of community that is completely lost in larger camps.

Photo by Jessie Parks | jessieparks.com

Photo by Jessie Parks | jessieparks.com

Providing schooling for refugee children is our first task in bringing the refugees back into the pathway of progress and stability.

Partnering with local teachers has proven quite effective in enabling the refugee children to continue their studies. Our community center provides the perfect place for young people to keep up their studies and develop other skills for future employment. 

Photo by Jessie Parks | jessieparks.com

Photo by Jessie Parks | jessieparks.com

We also work with the local government and businesses to help secure vocational training and employment for the adults.

Being one of the only NGOs operating in our region and located in the critical zone between Iran, Iraq, and Turkey, our work,in close cooperation with the local government, is making a difference that will last.

we are committed to providing trauma care and holistic support to each family. 

With a host of local and international partners, we've been able to provide basic health services to the refugees in our care, including medical clinics, dental hygiene clinics and trauma care. Watch the video below to see just how The Refuge Initiative model for refugee care is bringing hope and dignity those fleeing persecution one family at a time.

Do you want to make a difference in the life of a refugee?

These are not your ordinary refugee camps. We are building communities of hope. Sponsor a refugee today and welcome someone home.