Shaima Kadhum Mahdi – Hashimiya
Shaima is a self-taught tailor from Hashimiya, who happens to be tied to a wheelchair from an early age.
Kassem Jassim Sadiq - Baghdad
Since a young age, Kassem dreamed of working in the field of fashion, cosmetics and fragrances.
Hussein Hadi Mahdi – Najaf
Hussein inherited the upholstery profession as well as his small shop from his father and grandfather.
YEAR OF OPERATIONS
Within the framework of supporting the state’s efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus pandemic, CHF Vitas Iraq launched its major initiative to sterilize residential and commercial areas in all governorates of Iraq after prior coordination with the General Directorate of Civil Defense and the Crisis Cell in each governorate. Our organization has provided them with sterilization materials previously approved by specialists, specifically the CBRN team of the Civil Defense that specializes in epidemics. The campaign included the capital Baghdad, with its Al Karkh and Al Rusafa neighborhoods, Al Najaf governorate specifically the Old City, and the Holy city of Karbala including the Hindiya and Al-Hurr districts. Despite the risk, our team fearlessly entered areas with existing Coronavirus records and completed the mission during late-night hours, placing their national and humanitarian duty first.READ MORE
An Awareness Campaign on COVID-19
As a part of the campaign launched by the CHF Vitas Iraq to help in the spread of Coronavirus, the foundation initiated a plan to educate the community and guide them by spreading awareness on the measures that decrease the risk of getting infected with the virus. In direct coordination with the Iraqi National Response Team on Intervention during the spread of pandemics and the Iraqi Civil Defense team, the awareness campaign included the printing and distribution of 360 large banners that describe the correct methods of prevention of corona contagion in a clear and simple manner. The banners were installed in key locations across all provinces of Iraq.READ MORE
Together Against Corona
The corona crisis hit Iraq hard, imposing lockdown in major cities and exerting pressure on the healthcare sector all over the country. As medical facilities and municipal services are essential to sustain overall continuity, Vitas Iraq set a new objective to support these organizations with a series of humanitarian initiatives. The first event was carried out in Hilla, Babylon province, where a team of Vitas Iraq staff set off to distribute healthcare kits including 20000 facial masks, 12000 medical gloves, 64 medical costumes, 100 liters of alcohol, 25 liters of medical disinfectants, and 16 laser thermometers to several hospital ECU units. A part of the facial masks was also given out to local security forces divisions, who are working hard to enforce order in these critical times. In recognition of this initiative, Vitas Iraq team was invited to participate in the Babylon Crisis Unit conference that was held in the Hilla main municipal hall, where measures aiming to contain the spread of the new Corona virus were examined and established. The unit consisting of the Governor of Babylon, the Chief of Babylon Police, the Director of Babel Health Sector and many other key local figures set our organization as an example for its active social role within the government and society in the face of crises.READ MORE
Business Innovation Training Courses
In coordination with the Technical Institute and Vocational Training Center in Babylon, CHF Vitas Iraq sponsored a series of "Business Innovation” training courses for fresh university graduates. The courses objective was to equip the attendants with the skills that would enable them to plan, open and manage their own projects and enter the labor market in an effective and successful manner. These courses are part of a series of youth development and skills building courses conducted by CHF Vitas Iraq during 2018 and 2019 in order to and build the capacities of the Iraqi youth.READ MORE
Annual Ramadan Iftars
For eight consecutive years, CHF Vitas Iraq has been honoring a group of distinguished borrowers during the holy month of Ramadan by inviting them to Iftars across all branches of the institution. Each year, the event takes on a different character. In 2018, we invited and honored the borrowers who received 10 consecutive loans from our institution. In 2019, we invited the winners of our social media Ramadan contest, and had the opportunity to meet them and exchange conversations and success stories. The yearly Ramadan Iftars are a way of celebrating and expressing our appreciation and gratitude to our borrowers, through the success of whom we feel the pride of achieving our goal of serving the Iraqi society and improving its overall economic situation.READ MORE
The final eligibility decision is subject to a field assessment and evaluation of your business and situation by the CHF Vitas Iraq team.