Nadia’s Initiative established the Sinjar Action Fund (SAF) to advance reconstruction efforts in Sinjar, Iraq. Nadia’s Initiative is uniquely positioned to facilitate the redevelopment of Sinjar due to its extensive knowledge and understanding of the political, cultural, and economic complexities of the region. Nadia’s Initiative brings a comprehensive peace building approach to the process of rebuilding and recognizes that reconstruction efforts must be developed locally – local solutions to local problems. Nadia Murad seeded the fund by donating 100% of her prize money from the Nobel Peace Prize.
With a commitment of 4.5 million euros from the French government and 1 million euros from the European Union, Nadia’s Initiative is partnering with Chaine de l’Espoir (CDE) to build a new hospital in Sinjar. While the architectural plans for the new Sinjar Hospital are being developed and the plot of land is undergoing a geological study, an Operating Theater is being built in the old hospital to meet existing medical needs and will be operational by December 2019.
In 2014, ISIS deployed improvised explosive devices and landmines on an industrial scale in Iraq. ISIS targeted vast areas of agricultural lands around villages, as well as key infrastructure. Explosives were placed in peoples' homes, schools, and medical facilities. The scope and scale of mining put both internally displaced and returning populations at significant risk of injury and death. The landmines have prevented effective humanitarian, rebuilding, and recovery efforts.
In Sinjar, approximately 90% of the 500,000 population (93,000 households) fled. Only 8,177 families have returned. Nadia's Initiative has been working with the US government and the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) to de-mine more than 2.6 million square meters of land in Sinjar district.
Nadia’s Initiative’s is working to enable farming communities to return to their homes and maintain sustainable livelihoods. During their attacks on Yazidis in Sinjar, ISIS burned hundreds of farms and agricultural fields after looting them. These tactics were intended to prevent Yazidis from returning home.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Republic of China (Taiwan), Nadia’s Initiative - in collaboration with implementing partner Dorcas Aid International - is helping rehabilitate 30 farms that were destroyed by ISIS by providing farmers with seeds for winter and summer crops, generators, electrical wires, greenhouses, tubes, boreholes, and water tankers.
Enabling displaced Yazidi children to return to school is vitally important to the rebuilding of Sinjar. Thanks to a generous grant from the Federal Government of Belgium, Nadia’s Initiative is building a primary school in the village of Bahrava with local implementing partner Eyzidi Organization for Documentation. Additionally, Nadia's Initiative is rebuilding primary schools of Hatimia, Tal Qasab, and Qurtaba with local implementing partners Sunrise Organization for Civil Society Development and Nabu Organization for Awareness. These rehabilitations are possible thanks to the generous support of the Government of Flanders. Nadia's Initiative worked in partnership with USAID to rehabilitate Wardiya Primary School, which is now open to students.