My name is Canon Andrew White and I am the founder and president of The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME). Before that, I was Chaplain of St George’s Church in Baghdad.
FRRME provides emergency relief to Christians and other persecuted minorities in Northern Iraq, as well thousands of Iraqi refugees who have fled to Jordan to escape the sectarian violence. In addition to spiritual support we provide food, medicine and shelter. We work with partners on the ground, including churches, NGOs and the UN, to ensure that aid reaches the most vulnerable.
In Jordan we are looking after 500 Iraqi refugee families. Currently, the Jordanian government does not permit refugees to work so we provide them with shelter, food (via a weekly voucher scheme), and free health care (including prescriptions). We have also set up a school in Marka, a suburb of Amman, which has 175 pupils.
Our reconciliation work is focused on the peace process in Israel / Palestine. As well as supporting grassroots organisations, we run an annual summer school – The Jerusalem International School for Reconciliation (JISR) – which introduces a new generation to the power and methods of reconciliation. Former speakers at JISR include former Israeli Ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub, and Sheik Imad Falouji, former-founding member of Hamas.
As I often say, we must pray for peace but we must also pay for peace. If you would like to find out more about us, please explore this website. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so by clicking here.
Grace and Peace,