Alalusi Foundation Projects

Iraq Orphan Project

“Whomsoever provides for an orphan in this life, he and I will live like brothers in the next.” – Saying of the Prophet Muhammad (upon him be peace)   Our signature program, the Iraq Orphans Project (IOP) works within – not against – cultural and religious norms for a working solution to one of Iraqs’ most intractable problems – an estimated 2.5 to 5 million orphans. Instead of adoptions or orphanages – frowned-upon last resorts – the Foundation supports families who have taken on the responsibility of caring for the children of deceased loved ones. Food, medicine, and material support reach the families through a network of on-the-ground distribution and validation partners, including three of the oldest and most respected charitable organizations in Iraq. Through them and others, we have provided over 4,085 orphans with one-year sponsorships in locations from Mosul to Basrah, the Orphans’ Khayrat al-Mosul Village, the Dar Al Amin Iraqi Safe House for Orphans in Sadr City, and individual families of widows and orphaned girls.


Mauritania – Alalusi Foundation is providing ongoing support for basic education to schools, students and teachers in Mauritania at Dar al-Salam Mahdara Village School in Kifa.Somalia – Alalusi Foundation is providing ongoing support for basic education to schools in Somalia at Hawa Abdi Foundation Refugee Village near Mogadishu, and at the Gargaar Centre in Xhadhadhan

Afghanistan – Alalusi Foundation is supporting the educational mission of two schools in Afghanistan via the Children of Afghanistan Hope Project. The schools provide orphan boys and women with basic education and technical training.


Higher Education – Alalusi Foundation is providing higher education allowances to selected students with special economic needs who show great academic promise in technical and medical sciences.


al-Mosul Village, the Dar Al Amin Iraqi Safe House for Orphans in Sadr City, and individual families of widows and orphaned girls.

Refugee Assistance

Alalusi Foundation provides ongoing assistance to families of Iraqi and Syrian refugees in Jordan, and in the U.S., with assistance with housing, vehicles, medical, and educational expenses.

Specialized Medical Care

Alalusi Foundation arranges specialized medical treatment for individuals who need life-saving surgeries in Iraq and Jordan and for refugee children from the Middle East who cannot be treated in their home countries, by finding physicians and medical centers willing to donate treatment, medicines, and prostheses, arranging travel, and providing support and living arrangements for patients and their family members during treatment.

Water Well Projects

In Mauritania, Alalusi Foundation has supported the drilling of over 50 new water wells with infrastructure for villages. While continuing this ongoing project in West Africa, we are researching similar efforts in Somalia.

Somalia Medical Relief

Alalusi Foundation shipped a full container load of medical equipment and supplies to the 450-bed Hawa Abdi Foundation Hospital near Mogadishu, as well as funding staff, and assisting with long-term development support. The Foundation also sent equipment, supplies, and funding for staff to a rural clinic in Xhadhadhan, which provides maternity care and basic medical care, as well as basic education, to a population which has never previously had any healthcare facility.
Past Projects

Medical Supplies for Iraq

In 2009, Alalusi Foundation solicited donations of medical supplies from hospitals and medical centers in Northern California for hospitals and clinics in Iraq. With the assistance of physicians, nurses, and students from UCSF Medical Center, the donated items were sorted and packaged by volunteers at the Foundation’s facility in Hayward, California, and a full container of greatly needed medical equipment and supplies was shipped to Iraq.

Blankets for Iraq

Alalusi Foundation arranged for the purchase and distribution of a container-load of blankets to needy families caring for orphaned children in Iraq.

China Agriculture Assistance

In Hanzhuang Village, Shandong Province, the Alalusi Foundation has given over 40 impoverished farming families new opportunities and prosperity with livestock. Needy families were identified, and each family was given four breeding sheep, under condition that the sheep not be slaughtered or sold for five years, and that they be well cared for. The lambs bred by the sheep would belong to the families. A typical report from one of the 18 families is that their four sheep (valued at $260 U.S.) had increased in two years to a flock of several dozen. They are earning income both from wool and edible consumption sales. Selling just part of their flock, they earned about $1200 U.S., allowing them to make improvements to their house, afford a new well, and keep their remaining flock to continue their circle of growth. Further enriching the lives of the family, garden yield was greatly improved due to fertilizer (manure) that they could not previously afford.

Cultural Preservation

In 2006, in conjunction with the Timbuktu Educational Foundation, Alalusi Foundation provided funds for the restoration, preservation, and digitization of ancient Islamic manuscripts in the ancient university city of Timbuktu.

Non-Profit Incubation

Non-Profit Incubation – Alalusi Foundation has assisted with start-up funding and advisory assistance for a number of non-profit organizations, including:- Islamic Networks Group (now Interfaith Networks Group) – In order to build a world where people of all faiths are understood and respected, and their contributions valued, ING works to promote an understanding of the world’s religions through education and inter-religious dialog as a vehicle for positive change. www.ing.org– Palestine Children’s Relief Foundation (PCRF) – helps to locate free medical care for children from the Middle East, who are unable to get necessary and specialized treatment in their homelands, based only on medical needs. www.pcrf.net

– Council on American-Islamic Relations – In order to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding, CAIR works to enhance public knowledge of Islam, encourage dialog, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote these goals. www.cair.com


– Timbuktu Educational Foundation – Working to preserve, restore, digitize, and disseminate important works of early African scholars from the famous Timbuktu Universities and Libraries of Mali, West Africa, to resurrect to their rightful place their great contributions in the annals of world history. www.timbuktufoundation.org