Providing greenhouses, seeds, fertilizer and training for refugee families in the camp. Since the beginning of the project, 58 households have been provided with livelihoods support and now grow their own vegetables. Vegetables not consumed by the families are sold in the local market. The participating families change every 1-2 seasons in order to increase coverage of the target community and to support the most vulnerable.
To provide the needed quantity of potable water to households (sustainable improvement of access to clean drinking water for residents of the liberated areas of Nineveh Governorate), Mercy Hands work for the rehabilitation of canals and water wells, pipelines.
Mercy Hands proposes a comprehensive intervention addressing the key obstacles to the recovery of the agricultural sector with additional support to the reconstruction sector and to small and medium sized enterprises (SME). The proposed intervention serve approximately 1300 beneficiaries around the Ninewa Plains and will contribute to the replacement and rehabilitation of assets and infrastructure related to specified agricultural value chains as well as water supply infrastructure for irrigation in the target areas. Mercy Hands will focus on livestock more generally (poultry, sheep, goats, cows) as well as fruit /olive orchards and greenhouses. The proposed intervention will also include a vocational training for construction techniques and will facilitate access to grants for SMEs, so that they can start, or re-start their livelihoods activities.
Mercy Hands Europe is setting up the livestock farm through our local sister organisation Mercy Hands for Humanitarian Aid.
Here is a video clip of the first batch of cattle arriving to our first self sustaining livestock farm in Ninewa: https://youtu.be/qUOb832kac4 .
1 small size livestock farm can be set up in 3 months and cost only $50K. It generates jobs for the people and provide them with meat and dairy products. It also generates surplus in 6 months that can be sold in thousands of dollars. it is self sustainable!