Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, the mission of QANDIL Swedish Humanitarian Aid Organization (1991) is to improve the lives of vulnerable people, including local communities, internally displaced people (IDPs), refugees, and returnees of all ages and groups. QANDIL specializes in planning and implementing developmental and humanitarian relief projects and initiatives in areas of, but not limited to: Construction and infrastructure; Water, sanitation, health, and hygiene; Capacity building, livelihood, and awareness raising; Emergency response; and Protection.
In 1991 Qandil started its work in Iraq, in the Kurdish region (KRG) in the Governorates of Erbil, Duhok and Sulaimaniya. Qandil’s work to improve the water and sewerage infrastructure in Iraq, today provides more than two million people in the villages and towns of northern Iraq with water and more than a million people have benefited to date from Qandil’s work in the health sector whose programs were funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation agency (Sida) and UNCHR.
The first assistance initiatives included building houses for refugees and operating mobile health teams. The operation was subsequently extended to include water and sanitation projects as well as small-scale agricultural activities.
In 1995, Qandil entered into cooperation partnerships with the UN, ECHO, DG1 and OFDA. Increased funding led to expansion, particularly within water and sanitation and construction projects.
The driving force behind Qandil’s operation is the eradication of poverty and assisting those in most need in disadvantaged areas. Various development projects have been added to our activities in recent years, primarily within the area of water and the environment.