We’re nearly a month into the new year. But before January ends, we’re bringing together some of the best images from 2019. Explore our work, what’s been achieved and who we’ve helped together this past year.

A beautifully rich tapestry created for The Olive Tree Centre Launch
A beautifully rich costume created for The Olive Tree Centre Launch, Autumn 2019
For many supporters the highlight of 2019 was opening the Olive Tree Centre for refugee support and restoration. One of the Iraqi refugees told us at the launch that this was the first time he had felt happy since arriving in Jordan eighteen months ago.
We continue to gather the stories of those benefitting from what we are able to do. Sander’s story is one of the most dramatic. Pictured here with his family in Jordan, he was previously rescued from a pit in Northern Iraq before they could flee to safety.
We also brought you this inspiring story from a refugee camp in Baghdad. The local muslim barbers give free haircuts to Christian refugees in the camp, revealed in our short film.
Pastor Zaki, the leader of one of our partner churches in Jordan is pictured here speaking with FRRME UK CEO Mike Simpson and colleagues from FRRME America. We regularly visit the projects and partners, supporting closely the work of the team on the ground.
We also love this shot of the youth group at the Full Gospel Church in Madaba, Jordan. They remind us that the child refugees need our help, but also that there is hope for the future.
Abdulrahman, FRRME Iraq Programme Manager, is pictured here at the opening of the new football pitch for internally displaced children in northern Iraq. Our main focus there is on empowering development work to rebuild people’s lives and livelihoods. The football pitch project at Harsham Camp was one of 2019’s great joys for the team.
It was also a delight to bring you news of the five Nineveh Seed Projects that were completed in 2019. The projects, all aimed at empowering local people and developing a brighter future, include: two greenhouse projects, the largest chicken farm in Qaraqosh, a new bakery in Qaraqosh and the Football Project at the Harsham Refugee Camp – all opened in 2019.
Bishop Mounstephen and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt at the launch of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Review into the Persecution of Christians. We contributed expert testimony to the report (Review Website).
Rev Faez Jirjees of St George’s, Baghdad at Downing Street, with CEO Mike Simpson and trustees Christopher Segar and Gillian Dare. They spoke to a senior advisor to the Prime Minister on the situation in Iraq and the plight of persecuted and displaced people there.
In the Autumn, we had the privilege to host Professor Jim Al-Khalili in London. The evening, in aid of peace in Iraq, included talks from him and Rev Faez Jirjees. It was one event in 2019 when we got to meet you our supporters and engage with many people new to FRRME.
Our thoughts and prayers have been with the people of Iraq during the protests and unrest in several cities there. We picked out this striking image taken in central Baghdad, Autumn 2019
This year through your generosity we’ve also continued to be able to respond to the urgent needs of refugees in Northern Iraq. Children like these received clothing, medical supplies and Christmas presents at Bardarash Refugee Camp, Winter 2019

Supporting our work in the Middle East

To support our lobbying efforts and our work in Iraq and Jordan helping displaced and persecuted people, please make a donation now via our donate page (there are numerous options for how to donate). Or you can send us a cheque made out to ‘FRRME’ to: FRRME, PO Box 229, Petersfield, Hants, GU32 9DL, United Kingdom. American supporters wishing to make a donation can do so here