Mosul First Response

For over two years, Iraq's second largest city was occupied by the Islamic State.

Caught in the middle of the conflict, the majority of civilians were forced to flee in order to avoid airstrikes, drone attacks, mortars, and IEDs. Hundreds of thousands sought refuge in IDP camps or in the homes of family members and neighbors.

As a local NGO, CNSF was well positioned to provide emergency relief and has been delivering food, water, kerosene, blankets to the people of Mosul since the start of the offensive at the end of October 2016.

All of our work in Mosul is conducted by our local field team, who operate from our Mosul warehousing facilities. Formal trainings and on-the-job learning opportunities- combined with local knowledge and expertise- have enabled them to operate under extremely challenging circumstances.


We are currently undertaking numerous projects within Mosul in order to restore safe and dignified shelter for IDPs, returnees and residents.


Family Shelter

We are providing basic repairs to family homes in east Mosul, damaged during the conflict. For example, tarpaulin sheets are used to cover windows blown out during air strikes, giving basic shelter to the families living inside. 

To-date we have repaired over 300 family homes and the work is on-going, providing a much needed source of legitimate income for residents of Mosul working in our Rehabilitation Team in the field.

Temperatures reach below freezing in Iraqi winters. These simple steps are vital for family wellbeing during the winter months and allows families the choice to stay inside their homes. We also provide blankets and kerosene heaters.

Aid distribution 

We distribute food, water, shelter and non-food items in hard-to-reach urban and rural areas. Our team are able to mobilize quickly in order to identify at-risk individuals isolated from other forms of support.


Medical assistance

We are supporting a civilian medical clinic on the frontline inside Mosul. We are providing much needed medical supplies as well as information gathering to bring to larger NGOs that do not have easy access to these frontline positions. 

Water borehole Rehabilitation

Many of the community water sources were destroyed by IS as the retreated, to-date our team have rehabilitated 9 water boreholes providing critical water supplies to the surrounding community. More boreholes in need of repair have been identified, subject to funding