Room for 30
Iraqi Red Crescent opens Erbil shelter for homeless children
ERBIL, January 28 — The Iraqi Red Crescent, with support from an anonymous donor, has opened a new shelter in Erbil for homeless children ranging in age from newborns to five years, officials said Jan. 28. The shelter, developed in partnership with the Directorate of Social Care, is designed to provide a safe environment for vulnerable children in the region.
Shirwan Abdullah, director of the shelter operated by 964media, said the facility caters to very young children. “We accommodate children from birth to five years old,” Abdullah said. “After they turn five, we arrange for their transfer to specialized shelters for boys or girls.”
The center has the capacity to house up to 30 children from within the Erbil governorate. Admission requires a legal process, including a court order. “Our team, including caregivers, a social worker, and the head of our children’s department, work together to provide a nurturing environment for these children,” Abdullah added. “We also have provisions to care for children who have been victims of abuse, again contingent on judicial authorization.”