We support the rebuilding of relationships, cultural understanding and respect, and a country torn apart by decades of war, sanctions, and occupation. We focus on the arts, education, cultural and professional exchange, and water and sanitation projects.
We are Iraqis and Americans, veterans and refugees, peace activists and artists, students and professionals, and many others united by our work for reconciliation.
The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) was established in July of 2007 as grassroots, citizen-based support in the United States for the Muslim Peacemaker Teams (MPT) in Iraq. IARP and MPT operate as partner nonprofit organizations in the United States and Iraq, respectively.
The mission of the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project is to promote reconciliation between the people of the United States and Iraq in response to the devastation that has affected Iraqi families, society, and culture. IARP recognizes the common humanity of the people of Iraq and the people of the United States.
Create bridges of communication, understanding and support between Americans and Iraqis that lead to the development of friendships across cultures, expanded understanding of one another, and tangible acts for rebuilding Iraq.
Partner with the Muslim Peacemaker Teams (MPT) in Iraq to provide opportunities for Americans to directly support the basic needs of Iraqis through water and sanitation projects.
Facilitate the sharing of expertise and build friendship among Iraqi and American professionals, particularly in the academic, medical, commercial, and civil affairs sectors.
Use visual arts to share the cultures and ideas of the peoples of Iraq and America – especially residents of the Sister Cities of Najaf (where MPT is based) and Minneapolis (where IARP is based).
The Iraqi Art Project brings Iraqi art to the United States and presents Iraqi and American visual art, film, book art, theater, lectures, and panel discussions to further dialogue around Iraqi culture, the war and occupation, healing and reconciliation, and the two country’s shared future.
The Sister City Project supports professional and personal exchange and friendship-building between citizens of Sister Cities Minneapolis, USA and Najaf, Iraq. The program is also beginning to support other Iraqi and American Sister Cities.
The Water for Peace Project partners American groups with Iraqi schools to provide clean water to Iraqi children.
Support for the Muslim Peacemaker Teams in Iraq and its work for nonviolence and peace is also an important part of IARP.
Check out the impact of what you and we can do together here.
Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project is a GuideStar Exchange Gold Participant.