Barzani Charity Foundation

The Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) is a nonprofit providing humanitarian assistance to internally-displaced communities and refugees. It was founded in 2005 by Masrour Barzani, the prime minister of the Kurdistan region. With an HQ in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, it has chapters in Europe and United States, and is also officially registered in Kuwait. Activities range from providing food, shelter, and health services to building schools, offering job training and skill development, enhancing sewage and sanitation systems and facilitating cash assistance and donations.

  • Organisation type Nonprofit
  • Year founded 2005
  • Headquartered Erbil
  • Registration Iraqi Kurdistan
  • Website

Related sustainable development goals

  • Zero Hunger
  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Gender Equality
  • Reduced Inequalities
  • Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • Partnerships for the Goals

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Agriculture
    • Irrigation and water management
  • Education
    • Vocational education
    • Education services
  • Health
    • Out-patient care
      • Health care clinics
    • Mental health care
    • Healthcare access
    • Medical support services
  • Humanitarian
    • Food aid
  • Legal and courts
    • Disasters and emergency management
      • Disaster relief
      • Internal resettlement
      • Disaster preparedness
    • Abuse prevention

Focus populations

  • Victims of conflict and war
  • Victims of disaster

Focus geographies

  • Africa
    • South Sudan
  • Europe
    • Serbia
  • Middle East
    • Syria
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Yemen
    • Lebanon
  • South Asia
    • Bangladesh


  • Educational Centre Edwina
  • HumanBridge
  • Iraqi Red Crescent Society
  • Islamic Relief
  • Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation
  • Khalsa Aid
  • MedGlobal
  • Rwanga
  • Samaritan's Purse
  • Secours Islamique France


  • Camp co-ordination and camp management
    This programme focuses on management and co-ordination of the camps in the Kurdistan region of Iraq in collaboration with the UNHCR and the Joint Crisis Coordination.
  • Cash assistance
    Providing cash assistance for widowed mothers and orphans to cover basic necessities.
  • Education and training
    Strengthening the educational environment and educational services offered by providing training courses, building and renovating schools and training centres, covering school and education costs, and raising awareness on the importance of education.
  • Food
    This programme focuses on providing dry food and ready meals to people in vulnerable communities and works to promote food production through organising training courses and providing greenhouses for growing vegetables and fruit.
  • Health
    Offering medical assistance to vulnerable communities by building and renovating health centres, providing medical supplies, building mobile clinics, and providing wheelchairs to individuals with special needs.
  • Livelihoods
    This programme supports activities promoting human development and economic empowerment including job training, technology training and food production.
  • Non-food items
    This programme works to provide daily basic necessities, such as kitchen supplies, blankets, winter supplies, and mattress to those in need.
  • Protection
    This programme focuses on enhancing the psychological safety and support services for victims of abuse and violence, particularly women and children, through training and awareness raising sessions.
  • Shelter
    Building and providing safe spaces and shelters for internally displaced people and refugees in war-affected areas.
  • WASH (Water and Sanitation)
    Focusing on enhancing access to clean water and sanitation, improving sewage infrastructure, distributing hygiene supplies, raising sanitation awareness, and organising hygiene campaigns.


Funding model

  • Foundation-administered programme awards
  • Grants to organisations
  • In-kind gifts
  • Pro bono services
  • Programme related investment
  • Volunteering

Primary funders

  • Act Now Children's Fund
  • Burpee
  • Catholic Parish
  • Emirates Red Crescent
  • GIZ
  • International Islamic Charity Organization
  • Microsoft
  • One World Medical Mission
  • Operation Blessing
  • Stiftung Entwicklung Zusammenarbeit
  • Texas Sweetwater
  • Trinity Baptist Church


Key staff

  • Ibrahim Samin, Vice president
  • Musa Ahmed, President

Board members

  • Abdulwahid Amin, Member
  • Awat Ahmed, Member
  • Ismail Abdulaziz, Member
  • Karzan Nuri, Member
  • Masrour Barzani, Head of Board
  • Rawaj Haji, Member
  • Ways Jalil, Member

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