Rubbish Collection Initiative in Erbil Govenorate

The Problem: In five districts in northern Erbil Governorate, employment opportunities were scarce in the early 2000’s. Waste management practices were either non-existent or underutilized. As a result, many families in the region struggled to provide for themselves and were at a higher risk of developing health issues.

The Solution: To address issues of employment and sanitation in the region, our team facilitated the creation of employment opportunities in waste collection (utilizing tractors and trailers); waste management at municipal sites; waste supervision and management; uniform manufacturing; and community education programs focusing on reducing the habit of un-thoughtful litter and rubbish dumping.

The Impact: 499 individuals provided short-term employment; 60 schools trained in rubbish disposal and social responsibility; 1,300 bins distributed to communities; 1,221 tools (shovels, brooms, wheelbarrows etc.) distributed to communities

Funder: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Duration: 2005


Mustafa Omar, CEO

Mustafa Omar
Chief Executive Officer

Mustafa Omar has worked for Shelter For Life International in the field and Headquarters management positions; managing projects, leading new business development, and guiding operations around the world. Mr. Omar was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan and has worked in post-conflict reconstruction, Disaster Risk Reduction caused by human or natural phenomena, and market-revitalization efforts in Central Asia, East and West Africa, Europe, and Middle East for the past twenty (20) plus years. Mustafa holds graduate degrees in business administration and urban planning and is working on a PhD at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. Topics of research and professional interest include Market Resilience and Social Risk-Management, Influence of Environmental Degradation on Fragile Markets, Impact of Improving Physical Space on Lasting Peace, and the Interaction between Modern Governance and Informal Market Structures.

Gordon Wright
Vice Chairman

Gordon A. Wright is Founder and President of over 40 years with JIMI International and is an Elder at Tulsa Christian Fellowship. Mr. Wright owned and operated a lawn and tree service business for nearly 15 years. Mr. Wright also served with the US Army for three years in the 1960s.Two of Mr. Wright’s years were spent in South Korea as a Brigade Intelligence Sergeant. Mr. Wright has provided mentoring and counseling to spiritual leaders around the world; with specific attention to individuals in Russia, Ukraine and former Soviet Bloc countries. Mr. Wright helped to found and direct East/West Resources International and Global Assistance Partners International. Mr. Wright has served as one of the original founding board of directors for Shelter For Life International. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Gordon grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.