Salvation Army Cements Continued Relationship in Iraq
Representatives from The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters (IHQ) travelled to Erbil, Iraq to formalize the ongoing relationship with the Iraqi Salvation Humanitarian Organization (ISHO). Commissioner Robin Forsyth (International Secretary for Program Resources, IHQ) and Mr. Muntajab Ibraheem (Chairman, ISHO) signed a new Memorandum of Understanding, ensuring the continued close working relationship between the two organizations.
Between 2003 and 2006 The Salvation Army’s International Emergency Services operated an extensive community recovery program in Iraq. This program used a combination of international staff and Iraqi employees who worked alongside each other to ensure the achievement of common goals. From May 2004 until March 2006 the program was managed from Kuwait because of security concerns, but implemented within Iraq by Iraqi personnel.
When The Salvation Army completed its work in Iraq some of its Iraqi workers formed and managed ISHO as an independent humanitarian organization. Today ISHO is a flourishing non-governmental organization with offices in Baghdad, Basra and Babylon. It supports a number of important projects, working in local Iraqi communities and with internally displaced people who are returning home, providing housing, health education and school equipment.
The Memorandum of Understanding confirms we will continue to provide organizational and project support to ISHO along with training and publicity as needed. ISHO will assist also assist us where it can.
Representing The Salvation Army at the meetings were Commissioner Forsyth along with Major Raelton Gibbs and Major Drew Ruthven (both from International Emergency Services, IHQ). The ISHO representation included Mr. Muntajab, Ms Shaima’a Karim Sadoun (ISHO Deputy) and members of the ISHO board.Share this on... ... or email it to your friends.