You’ve donated and prayed for our projects this year and we want to give you an update! From projects in Baghdad, the Nineveh Plain and in Jordan. To advocacy work in the UK on behalf of displaced and oppressed Christians. We thank you for your continued support. It’s our mission together, to be:
Rebuilding Lives and Restoring Hope
bringing hope, help and healing to the Middle East
We continue to advocate for voiceless Christians in Iraq and Jordan. Through key meetings, lobbying government and input to strategy at a high level we have seen progress this year.
We hosted Rev Faez Jirjees of St George’s, Baghdad in London and secured high level meetings at 10 Downing Street and the Foreign Office.
In 2019 we contributed to the Review into Foreign Office support for Persecuted Christians, travelling to Iraq to get direct input from Church leaders there. We have been asked to consider how we might continue to help speak for Christians across the region.
The work is vital and urgent. It goes hand-in-hand with our work to support people on the ground across the region…..
In Iraq the numbers are staggering. Over 3 million internally displaced people. Half of these are children. And, of these, half again are not in school. An estimated 1 million Christians have fled Iraq since 2003. The need is great.
In 2019 our projects have supported around 3,000 people every month.
We continue to proudly support the ministry of St George’s Church, Baghdad. We are the main funders of the medical clinic (nearly 2,000 patient visits each month). All the work of St George’s comes under the auspices of the Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf.
Your generous help has enabled us to provide for the ministry of the church and for Rev Faez Jerjees. Through St George’s we also provide financial support to widows, orphans and those with severe disabilities.
In northern Iraq, FRRME continues to support all the major Christian denominations. Our focus in 2019 has shifted away from relief and more into development. This is particularly through our Nineveh SEED employment creation projects. 5 Nineveh SEED projects are now live, including the largest chicken farm in Qaraqosh. Work is already underway for more.
We also funded the football project at Harsham Refugee Camp, including providing a new artificial pitch which was opened in the summer.
There are about 60,000 Iraqi Christian refugees in Jordan. Iraqi refugees in Jordan are not permitted to work. This places huge strain on the families.
Working with four churches in Jordan, we support over 6,000 Christian refugees. FRRME provides food relief, help with accommodation and vital pharmaceuticals for families in desperate need. Our projects include working with partners to provide trauma healing sessions, delivering our own English language classes and funding children’s work and youth activities for refugees.
We celebrated in October as the Olive Tree Centre in Madaba was opened. Through it, we support refugees of all ages and faiths but with a particular focus on Iraqi Christians. The Centre shines as a practical expression of Christian love. The olive tree, a powerful symbol of peace, speaks of hope.
In 2019 your prayers and donations have brought fresh hope to thousands in the Middle East. Thank you.
How You Can Help
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Thank you for your support in 2019
Please help us to restore hope to Iraqi families this Christmas
You can make a donation via our donate page (there are numerous options for how to donate). Alternatively, 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.