In a recent survey we asked our supporters what they think about our work. The results have given us a good idea of what matters to those who are funding our vital projects in Iraq and Jordan. It is also interesting to see who our supporters are, in terms of how they define their own faith.

The illuminated cross of St George’s Church in Baghdad can be seen for miles

Who should we be helping?

Christians, Sunni Muslims, Shia Muslims, Yazidis. Who should we be helping? According to our survey results, over 70% of you think we should be helping all of the above. In the comments section, a lot of you wrote that we should be helping other groups ‘but with a particular focus on Christians’. This is generally our policy. We provide assistance for a number of projects which serve those of other faiths. This includes a hot food kitchen for Sunni Muslims at Dibaga IDP camp. We also fund a clinic at St George’s Church in Baghdad which treats people of all religions. However, the majority of our funding goes to helping Iraqi Christians, many of whom are victims of persecution. This includes support for well over 1,000 Iraqi refugee families in Jordan to whom we provide monthly food packages and rental support via four church partners.

The clinic at St George’s also provides dental check-ups for the poorest

Which project is the most popular?

Nearly 70% of you support job creation for refugees returning to devastated villages in the Nineveh Plain. As you may know, the Nineveh Plain is the ancestral home of Iraq’s ancient Christian community. When ISIS annexed northern Iraq, many Christian villages were subsumed into its self-styled caliphate. Our job creation initiative, which we have called ‘Nineveh SEED’, is already up and running and will help those returning find work. We recently provided funding for the building of commercial greenhouses in the Christian village of Karamles. Situated in the Cradle of Civilisation, the people in this area were among the first to grow their own food and the local economy is still heavily dependent on agriculture. However, war and drought have reduced crop yields in recent years. We will share more information about other Nineveh SEED projects soon. 

Our Voices of Iraq film includes footage and testimony from the Nineveh Plain

What other projects do you like?

The second project you most want to support is the clinic at St George’s Church in Baghdad. This serves people of all faiths and none. You’ll be pleased to hear that we have renewed our commitment to the clinic but funding is not guaranteed. We can only support the clinic if donations continue to come in. During his last decade in power, Saddam Hussein cut health funding in Iraq by 90%. After the coalition invasion in 2003, the healthcare system got worse. There have been some improvements in recent years but many people are still not getting the care they need. We are proud to support the clinic at St George’s Church. With your help they will continue to treat hundreds of patients every month. The other projects you told us you want to support are monthly assistance for refugees (mentioned above) and education for refugees, both of which we are committed to.

Who are our supporters?

We wanted to know more about our supporters’ faith. This question was optional but nearly everyone who responded to the survey answered it. So here goes. 60% of our supporters are Protestant. 6% are Catholic. Less than 1% are Orthodox. And the rest of you described yourselves as non-denominational or ‘other’. Many of you described yourselves simply as ‘Christian’. Above all, what is evident from your response is that Christian charity transcends denomination. In Iraq and Jordan we do not prioritise those we are helping according to denomination but according to need. Consequently, we help people from all traditions and walks of life. Maybe this is why we attract a variety of supporters. Finally, for those who want to support our mission, please see the giving options below.

How to make a donation

To support our work in Iraq and Jordan, 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. Thank you!