Barzani Charity Foundation is a non-governmental, non-political and non-profit organization which was founded in 2005 in Erbil, the capital city of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Mr Masrour Barzani is the head of BCF’s board of founders.
Barzani Charity Foundation has been named after the legendary Kurdish leader Mustafa Barzani (1903 -1979). The working philosophy of the foundation is based on a statement by Barzani which says “It is an honor to serve one’s own people.” Therefore, people or humanity make the center for the BCF’s humanitarian work. For that, where there is a need for humanitarian assistance, the BCF considers its own responsibility to help.
The BCF has obtained official license from Iraqi and Kurdistan Regional Governments as a nongovernmental organization. It has also license to operate in the United States. The increasing activities of the foundation in the area of humanitarian response to internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees inside and outside KRI has given great credibility to the BCF. Moreover, it was granted a Consultative Status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in the organization’s meeting in April 2016.
The BCF has also operated outside Iraqi borders such in Turkey, Syria, Greece and Serbia. The foundation relies on its sponsors and partners which are local and international companies and organizations in conducting its humanitarian projects.
The BCF publicizes all its activities via its official website in a transparent way and welcomes any monitoring or auditing teams.
The BCF places enormous importance on the sectors of education, health, camp management, livelihood, food, shelter and water. The foundation also runs projects for orphans and people with disabilities.
The BCF’s headquarter is located in Erbil and it has branch offices in Erbil, Duhok, Sulaymaniyah, Kirkuk, Nineveh, Sinjar and Garmiyan. It has also representatives in Europe and the United States.