Yalla Shebab (Let’s go guys!)

A new initiative dedicated to vocational training for young refugees and IDPs in Iraq, fo prepare them for jobs in education and dialogue.

Encouraging vocational training and finding work, social cohesion and trust-building within Syrian refugee and Iraqi IDP communities, and the Kurdish population of Sulaymaniyah Governorate, by supporting cultural identities, dialogue and relationships between groups.

This is the goal of the new 1-year “Yallah Shebab” project, financed by the Italian Bishops’ Conference (CEI) which will include the building of a new vocational training centre and a Youth Centre, similar to the ones already created in Iraqi Kurdistan.

The project will be implemented with long-standing local partners Al Mesalla and the Community of Deir Mar Musa, with the goal of involving 250 men and women between the ages of 18 and 30.

These young men and women, Syrian refugees and Iraqi IDPs, will attend vocational training courses including the study of languages and IT to enable them to earn a living and become independent, with internships with local businesses. In the Youth Centre meanwhile, we will organise the same activities as in the other Iraqi Youth Centres, with a special focus on mediation, reconciliation and peace building

Activities will be organized locally by the Community of Deir Mar Musa and Al Meaella, with our support.



Project Name: Yallah Shebab - Vocational training, dialogue education and integration of young members of minorities in Iraq.

Project Type: Promoting vocational training for financial independence, dialogue and reconciliation.

Beneficiaries: Syrian refugees, Iraqi IDPs, and members of host communities.

Length: September 2017 - September 2018

Local Partners: Al Mesalla; Communita’ di Deir Mar Musa

Donor: Italian Bishops’ Conference