The Barzani Chrity Foundation is a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit organisation which was founded in 2005 in the city of Erbil, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Principally, the BCF aims to provide assistance to people-in-need, low-income, internally displaced people and refugees. The BCF also aims to improve the education (especially child education) and health fields in the Region and strives to improve the lives and opportunities of the disabled and people with special needs.
Barzani Charity Foundation is named after the legendary Kurdish leader Mustafa Barzani (1903-1979). The working philosophy of the foundation is based on a statement by Barzani where he says (It is an honour for a man to serve his own people). Therefore, people or humanity makes the centre for the BCF’s humanitarian work. For that, where there is a need for humanitarian assistance, the BCF considers it as its own responsibility to help, especially where it falls within its capacity and working sectors including (food assistance, non-food assistance, health and disability and education).
The lack of a home-based charitable organization in the Kurdistan Region to provide assistance to people-in-need and deprived people in the Region, necessitated the establishment of the BCF in 2005. Besides, as the result of the security disruption in other parts of Iraq and in Syria following the unfolding of armed conflicts post 2003, the large refugee and internally displaced people who have taken sanctuary in the Kurdistan Region were in urgent need for assistance to receive food, clothing, health care and accommodation. The BCF has tried to fill the gap since its inception back in 2005 and strived to give a helping hand in various areas to those needed assistance the most.
It is worth mentioning here that the BCF was founded from the beginning with primary and full support of Mr Masour Barzani, a descendant of Mustafa Barzani and the foundation still has his full support and backing.
To carry out this valuable and difficult task, the BCF has depended primarily on charitable and humanist people in the Region. It is fair to say that the main sources of funding for our many projects and humanitarian operations are charitable individuals, private companies and businesses in the Region, something which is highly appreciated. In addition, in collaboration with the UN agencies, international humanitarian organizations, and donor countries, the BCF provides daily assistance to refuges and IDPs in the Kurdistan Region, whose numbers at the time of writing is around 1,800,00 persons, which equals to more than 30% of the host population of the Kurdistan Region. Unfortunately, the number is increasing constantly.
The main office of the BCF is in the city of Erbil and it has additional offices in Erbil, Duhok and Sulaymaniyah. In addition, the BCF has offices, centers, or representatives in the Germyan Administration, Kirkuk Governorate and most IDP and refugee camps in the Kurdistan Region. A professional and experienced staff conducts BCF’s many activities and humanitarian works.