Feverish efforts were therefore made to rehouse thousands of families from their tented quarters. On top of this, many of the families, who until then were housed in public buildings and above all schools, were forced to vacate these at the beginning of the new school year in the middle of October. In many cases there were as many as 20 people housed in a single room. And so, in October 2014 the following projects were supported:
- Eight new schools were created out of prefabricated PVC sections and set up in Erbil, Ankawa und Dohuk. They were able to provide teaching for 7500 schoolchildren, being taught in shifts. Total costs: 2 million Euros
The first of these eight „container schools“ was opened on 11 December 2014 in Ankawa. Present at the dedication ceremony was the executive president of ACN, Johannes Freiherr Heereman, who emphasised: „For our charity the education of children is one of the first priorities. We must not allow a situation to develop in Iraq like that in Syria, where some children have been unable to attend school for years. They represent a lost generation, with unforeseeable long-term consequences.“ The remainder of the container schools were opened in the Spring of 2015, and the teachers were for the most part teachers who themselves had come from the Christian towns and villages now occupied by ISIS. The central government in Baghdad now provides for the salaries of the teaching staff. In addition to being used for teaching, the classrooms are also used for catechetical instruction and other Church-based activities.