SEED Foundation is a locally-registered NGO in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. SEED’s mission is to protect, empower, and support the recovery of survivors of violence and others at risk. SEED is committed to delivering quality and holistic approaches, combining international expertise and local know-how to achieve results for the people of Iraq and Kurdistan. SEED’s programming focuses on four key objectives:

Objective 1
the delivery of transformational, comprehensive MHPSS services including case management, mental health, and legal services, as well as psychosocial support activities
Objective 2
strengthening the capacity of service providers through education, training, and capacity-building programs
Objective 3
supporting the protection and recovery of survivors of trafficking, including through SEED’s shelter for victims of trafficking and those at risk, aftercare services, and prevention work to reduce the risk of trafficking through public awareness, technical assistance, and advocacy for legal, regulatory, policy, process, and institutional changes
Objective 4
promoting policy and social change to strengthen the rights of, and protections for, vulnerable groups and individuals

SEED Opens Its First SEED Center in Erbil

SEED Foundation opened the doors to its first center in the capital of the Kurdistan Region, Erbil, on February 15, 2021, which will deliver integrated and comprehensive services to the host, refugee, and internally-displaced person (IDP) communities. Participants at the launch event, which adhered to strict COVID-19 safety precautions, included representatives from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), our donors, and other supportive stakeholders.

SEED Center Erbil will provide clients with a safe space to meet with SEED’s service delivery staff. SEED participates in Erbil’s MHPSS and GBV Working Groups, where organizations assess the high demand for services. SEED current manages a full caseload and continually has waiting lists for its services. This center expands SEED’s service delivery capacity to provide direct access to clients in Erbil, facilitate case management services, mental health services, legal support, and psychosocial support (PSS) activities. Separate from this Center, SEED also serves survivors and those at risk of human trafficking, including at SEED’s STEPS Center, a shelter for human trafficking survivors. SEED also operates four camp-based centers in Duhok Governorate serving IDPs and refugees, and a new urban-based center in Duhok. SEED plans to also open a new urban based SEED Center in Sulaimani in the fall.

These city centers serve as safe spaces where SEED can better provide quality, holistic mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) services throughout Kurdistan. It is the constant aim of SEED to strengthen the capacity of current and future service providers to protect those at risk of violence and conflict in order to support the recovery of vulnerable and conflict-affected people.

SEED estimates that the center will serve approximately 350 individuals per year. “The main purpose of the SEED Center Erbil is to provide an accessible, private, and confidential space to provide services to the clients from the host, refugee, and IDP communities living within Erbil Governorate,” commented George Odhiambo, a SEED protection and service delivery manager. 

“The center will bring qualified and experienced case managers, psychologists, and lawyers with support from SEED technical advisors closer to vulnerable individuals seeking support,” Odhiambo said.


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