Working in partnership with Lush and Mercy Hands we are employing refugees in Domiz Camp, Iraq to help design and fabricate emergency growing kits for crisis-affected areas in Iraq and Syria

The concept of the Crisis Response Garden kits is simple: deliver all the tools and seeds required to start growing food to help newly arrived refugee families begin food gardening as soon as possible in newly established camps or to residents in crisis affected urban areas. The kits range from a single household garden, to a large community garden including a wheelbarrow and then a large crate for a communal garden.

Our livelihood strategy involved helping to set up a workers cooperative in Domiz Camp, Iraq, where refugees would help design and construct 1,200 kits. Lemon Tree Trust then purchases these kits from refugees helping to develop a business strategy beyond charitable funding. Each kit has an image of hope for the refugee in Syria, hand embroidered onto the bags by a group of skilled women in Domiz. Initial funding has been provided by Lush, with the collection and distribution in Mosul, Iraq and Amude, Syria being facilitated by Mercy Hands, a partner NGO. We are working with them to pilot and evaluate the use of these kits and to determine which households and community groups want to grow.

We aim that this project also becomes a self-contained business for families in Domiz Camp, who are able to build on the initial funding by obtaining further orders from other NGOs and humanitarian organisations.

 

 

 

Domiz 1 camp is the home of our headquarters in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and one of our community gardens, Azadi. We regularly get asked questions about the set-up and infrastructure of refugee and IDP (internally displaced people) camps, as well as the living conditions there, so we wanted to share what we know. … Continued

Our thanks go to the Young Propagators Society for publishing Aisha Ahmed Omar’s story in their digital zine. Aisha is a gardener who lives in Domiz 1 camp, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, after she was forcibly displaced from Syria. She shares how gardening brings her connection, comfort and joy:⁣“I have had great success in growing leafy vegetables, which … Continued

Congratulations to graphic designer Kulsum Karolia on winning a Bronze Creative Conscience Award for her Lemon Tree Trust project.   As part of a final year project at the Manchester School of Art, UK, Kulsum and fellow students were tasked with creatively responding to and raising awareness about a social issue – to inspire and educate a global audience.  We were delighted when Kulsum chose Lemon Tree Trust.   She said: “Something that really stood out to me … Continued