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Support for ongoing projects has continued unabated in 2020 and now into 2021, further establishing the influence that Trade Aid UK has been able to give to important relief programmes worldwide. Much of this has been enabled by the continued sale of Trade Aid UK Granulated and Caster Sugar through Tesco Stores and online at Ocado. The use of external aid agencies and charities has been instrumental in us being able to reach the remotest parts of the globe where often the needs are greatest. The individual aid projects supported by the Trade Aid UK Foundation can be viewed by simply scrolling up and down the project panel on this page and clicking on the project that interests you.

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Humanitarian Assistance

Trade Aid UK is helping to fund the Charity, Medair, in their efforts to alleviate the plight of Iraqi refugees from the conflict in the Kurdistan region on Northern Iraq.  As a result of fighting by armed opposition groups in Syria and Iraq, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety. They are in great need of humanitarian assistance. The United Nations estimates that there are more than two million displaced people in northern and central Iraq. 

Medair have chosen to focus their relief efforts on the Kurdistan region in the north of Iraq due to the high concentration of displaced people. While the situation remains fluid, the most urgent needs in the area remain food security, health and nutrition, water and sanitation, shelter, and winterisation supplies.

With Trade Aid UK’s assistance, Medair plans include running a Primary Health Clinic in Sharya Camp. The government recently opened a camp accommodating 24,000 internally displaced Iraqis. With so many people in a small area, and with weather conditions worsening, there is a high likelihood of illness and Medair will be there to address those medical needs. Medair will be running the primary health clinic for the camp residents, in partnership with the Department of Health, by providing equipment, staffing, and management of the clinic.

There is also a need to provide basic shelter and protection for families forced to live in the open or in buildings with no windows, doors or even walls where exposure to the elements could be life-threatening. Medair is using a voucher program that will allow registered families to purchase shelter materials like wood, heavy plastic sheeting, and tools to cover windows or otherwise improve their shelter and insulate them from the cold. A second voucher will allow families to purchase household items specifically for winter, including thicker blankets and mattresses, winter clothes, and a stove/heater.

Many families are living in the upper floors of partially constructed buildings with no walls, and there is a danger of children falling over the edge. Several incidents of children falling from upper floors have already been reported. In order to save lives, Medair will be providing barrier kits that can be used to build guardrails in buildings without walls.

Medair brings emergency relief and rehabilitation to over two million people a year in some of the most vulnerable countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, all countries that are severely affected by conflicts, natural disasters, or other crises. Medair responds to natural disasters, conflicts that uproot communities and crises, such as drought or disease. You can find out more about Medair and the work they are doing by logging onto their website at


Humanitarian Assistance - Iraq
Humanitarian Assistance - Iraq
Humanitarian Assistance - Iraq
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