In June 2016, Iraqi military forces successfully liberated Fallujah from ISIS control, but these operations displaced 85,000 civilians who had been trapped under ISIS occupation. These families ended up trapped in the desert with limited or no access to food, water, toilets, shelter and other basic needs for survival, which led to scathing reports of the aid community’s ability to effectively respond to the needs of vulnerable Iraqi families. Due to the high volatility and insecurity in areas close to the front lines, and a significant lack of funding, most aid agencies were not able to secure stable access and resources for these families. WRG provided funding to a local partner, Preemptive Love Coalition, who had access to the frontlines and was able to provide food, water and shelter to these families. World Relief provided the initial seed funds for the response, which was leveraged to meet the needs of vulnerable families. Through Preemptive Love Coalition, WRG was able to provide lifesaving food and water for 500 families—and emergency rations to 1,000 desperate families in communities who had suffered under ISIS occupation.
In total, WRG served 6,912 direct beneficiaries through Basic Needs Assistance.