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ACERO Launches Armenia Appeal

2019-01-29T06:10:45+00:00January 29th, 2019|

ACERO has today launched its ‘Armenia Appeal’; one of our largest campaigns to date with all funds raised to support important projects for the Assyrian community of Armenia.

Armenia Appeal Project – Phase 1

Phase 1 of ACERO’s Armenia Appeal will support the renovation of a two-floor building into an Assyrian kindergarten in the village of Verin Dvin.

The completion of this project will provide capacity for 120 children aged 2-6 years old to receive child care, educational, spiritual and national activities from 9am-5pm on a daily basis.

Later phases, including works at the 189-year-old Assyrian church of Mart Mariam (in the village of Arzni), works at the 191-year-old Assyrian church of Mar Thoma (in the village of Verin Dvin) along with the construction of two community halls will follow.

Assyrians in Armenia

The Assyrian community was formed in Armenia in 1828 and since then Assyrians have preserved their language, culture, identity and faith.

During the Soviet period, Assyrians faced considerable oppression with their churches turned into warehouses, their clergy exiled or killed and every effort made to extinguish the national spirit of the Assyrians.

Since Armenia’s independence and an interval of almost 80 years, the Assyrian community and Assyrian Church of the East is once again thriving in Armenia.

Today, around 5000 Assyrians live in Armenia, mainly in villages working in farming with a others residing in the Armenian capital, Yerevan.

Project Partner

The Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organisation will work with the Assyrian Church of the East in Armenia and The Rev’d Fr Nikademus Yukhanaev (parish priest) on the implementation of these projects.

Turkey Christmas Aid Distribution – 61 Families

2019-01-20T21:54:10+00:00January 15th, 2019|

“It’s been three years since ACERO started doing this awesome work in Turkey. It’s generosity is endless and I can’t find a good way to thank it enough. Recently, ACERO provided aid to the refugees in Turkey for ( 61 ) families. Again, no words can describe the joy in our hearts to the magnificent job that ACERO is doing for the people. I want to thank Barnabas Fund, and also our brothers and sisters at ACCM Assyrian Christian Compassion Ministry of San Jose, in California who have always helped and assisted us in these difficult times our people are going through.”

These are the words of our representative on the ground in Turkey, Mr Danny Lucas.

Danny and his team have traveled across the country to visit and distribute aid to displaced persons currently in Turkey. They have reached people in the following cities / towns:

Istanbul, Tokat, Duzce, Yozgat, Kirsehir, Kirikalle, Afyon, Cankiri, Samsun, Mardin, Belecik and Nigde.

The need in Turkey is great; displaced people are spread across this huge country, unable to work and facing bitter winters with very expensive utility bills. Many of them also suffer from terminal illnesses such as cancer and diabetes and are in desperate need of medication. We are therefore constantly working to ensure no one is left without help.

We take this opportunity to thank Danny for his work in reaching out to all these people. We also thanks Mr Senhareeb Rasho who made the distributions in the city of Tokat where there is a high concentration of families residing. We thank them sincerely for giving their time and commitment as invaluable members of our ACERO family.

ACERO Welcomes Suaad Elias at Kirkuk Children’s Concert

2019-01-20T21:59:45+00:00January 8th, 2019|

Our festive season update continues with our children’s Christmas concert in Kirkuk, Iraq. Over 100 families were joined by esteemed Assyrian singer and chorister Suaad Elias for a day of hymns, carols and celebration.

Ms. Elias expressed her joy at participating in such a great event and her heartfelt thanks to ACERO for hosting it. She led the concert with some beautiful performances along with the church choir. She also sang alongside the children and encouraged them to sing to their very best.

Each child was given a gift for Christmas and for their participation whilst their families gathered to watch and celebrate with them.

We in turn take this opportunity to thank Ms. Elias for giving her time to support ACERO and to put a smile on the children’s faces. We also thank our Iraq chapter committees for their continued hard work and commitment to our brothers and sisters in our beloved homeland.

350 Children Celebrate Christmas with Catholicos-Patriarch in Iraq

2019-01-20T22:03:15+00:00December 30th, 2018|

ACERO’s Iraq Chapter, under the stewardship of Chapter President, His Grace Mar Abrs Yokhanna, has brought the joyous spirit of Christmas to 350 children by hosting a fantastic party for them and their families.

We are sincerely thankful to His Grace along with Rev Fr. Martin Niqola and their committees across Iraq who have been working tirelessly and dedicating their time to an ongoing education programme which has culminated in this historic party.

It gives us great pleasure to report that we were blessed with the presence of our beloved Patriarch, His Holiness Mar Gewargis III Sliwa. His Holiness commenced proceedings with a prayer and addressed the attendees expressing his pride at the great work of ACERO in helping thousands of families across the Middles East.

The festivities included singing, dancing and games for the children followed by a very welcome visit from Santa Claus! Each child was gifted with present and had their photo taken with him. A truly wonderful time was had by all.

We could not be prouder of the community spirit and the hard work that is taking place in our homeland as a result of the inspiring team work and community building by our clergy and men and women who give their time to these children in the name of a love for their nation and their Church. We are thankful to all our donors without whom none of this would be possible.

Aid and Medicine for 400 Families in Jordan

2019-01-20T22:08:13+00:00December 23rd, 2018|

A JOINT BARNABAS FUND/ASSYRIAN FOUNDATION OF AMERICA PROJECT

ACERO’s Jordan chapter has embarked upon its festive campaign to help the hundreds of families currently residing there. Jordan continues to house a high concentration of displaced persons, totaling almost 400 families. Our thanks go to Mr Lorance Kazakia and his ACERO committee in Jordan, who were able to distribute aid to 342 families and medication to 177 people with minor and chronic illnesses, we also thank the Very Rev’d Cor Bishop Augin Dawood for his assistance and for visiting many families.

Living conditions in Jordan are becoming increasingly more difficult and as such the need for assistance is great. ACERO is therefore working very hard to ensure this blessed season is a peaceful and joyful one for all our people who have been forced out of their homes. In the coming days, children’s parties, aid distributions and festivities will be taking place in Jordan and across the Middle East, a Christmas party is planned for our people in Amman.

The projects in Jordan have been made possible by the generosity of our partners at Barnabas Fund and the kind donation of the Assyrian Foundation of America (AFA). We thank these organisations for continually supporting us to make it all possible.

Bible Study and Aid Program – Kirkuk, Iraq

2019-01-20T22:15:40+00:00December 6th, 2018|

The blessed parish of Mar Gewargis in Kirkuk under the stewardship of Rev. Fr. Gewargis Yousep have begun weekly Christian classes for our children living in the city as well as distributing aid to a number of needy families.

This fantastic programme championed by the parish priest and a group of dedicated members is all in the name of promoting, preserving and enhancing the children’s knowledge and understanding of their Christian faith. Core subjects which are taught at their schools are also covered as well as the liturgy of the Assyrian Church of the East. Over 75 children are enjoying lessons in Bible studies, hymns and language as well as music, science and arts & crafts.

In the absence of a church owned shuttle, ACERO are delighted to have worked with Rev Fr. Gewargis to help with transportation costs for the children to attend the classes both to and from the church. ACERO has also provided funding for essential writing and crafts materials such as paper, books, pencils, paints and glue as well as providing snacks for the children during recess.

Our most sincere thanks go to all our donors and our dedicated partners at Barnabas Fund for their continued support in these important projects. In the aftermath of war, loss, poverty and suffering, such projects are essential in ensuring that our Saviour, Jesus Christ is at the centre of these children’s lives, giving them the faith and courage to flourish, the knowledge to achieve and the hope to dream and prosper.

Baghdad Aid Programme – 525 Families

2019-01-20T22:20:00+00:00October 31st, 2018|

A JOINT ACERO/BARNABAS FUND PROJECT

“We extend our thanks and appreciation to Barnabas for their role in drawing a smile and bringing joy to the hearts of the people of our Church. You have given us hope and we congratulate the efforts of all the workers of ACERO”
– Salman Spanya, Chairman, ACERO committee Baghdad

We are delighted to report that we have completed the first phase of a Barnabas Fund sponsored aid programme across the blessed city of Baghdad. As the capital of our homeland, and with so many of our sacred churches still triumphantly standing across the city, it is and will continue to be ACERO’s mission to reach out to our people living there.

Financial aid for the sick and most vulnerable and food distributions across 5 churches have taken place over the last few months. We have also attended to the needs of our residents at the Camp El Gelany elderly home.

In its second phase, this large scale programme will include additional financial aid for students to go towards tuition fees, travel, books and stationary.

Parishioners gathered at the churches of Mar Odisho, Mart Mariam, Mar Qardakh, Mar Mari and Mar Gewargis, all located across the capital. These blessed churches are currently under the stewardship of Rev’d Cor-bishop Awgin Hurmiz, Rev’d Fr. Behnam Ishak and Rev. Dr. Aprim Pilipos. We thank them for their continuous cooperation with our committee in Baghdad – Mr Salman Spanya (Chairman), Edward Rowel, Constantin Yokhana, and Ramina Athneil, whose tireless work has made our projects in our beloved homeland possible.

We extend our deepest gratitude to Barnabas Fund for this sponsored programme. For over a decade they have championed our work, supported our projects and have made many of our largest projects possible. Thanks to all our donors who have helped us reach thousands of vulnerable people who need our help across the Middle East.

National Aid Programme – Iraq

2019-01-20T22:23:32+00:00October 18th, 2018|

A JOINT BARNABAS FUND/ACERO AID PROGRAMME

Our sincere and deepest gratitude goes to our partners at Barnabas Fund for their sponsorship of a Nationwide aid programme in Iraq.

Over the last few months, ACERO’s Dohuk Chapter members have been working tirelessly to complete the first phase of this programme in Dohuk and its neighbouring towns and villages.

In excess of 120 families have received aid in a variety of ways and where it is needed most. Food parcels have been distributed as well as financial contributions towards medical bills and contributions to funeral costs. The most vulnerable displaced persons, including widows, children and people with disabilities have also received additional aid to help towards medication and utility bills.

In addition to this, we would like to thank ACERO supporter Mrs Nahren Rogers of London, UK for organising a shipment of clothing and children’s toys to be delivered to ACEROs Dohuk Housing Complex. These were distributed amongst residents and other displaced persons in the area.

This is an ongoing programme and we will keep you updated on its progress. We are sincerely grateful to all our supporters, partners and donors, without which this work would not be possible.

Jordan Financial Assistance – 370 Families

2019-01-20T22:27:55+00:00July 10th, 2018|

We are delighted to report that we have been able to once again help our community in Jordan. Approximately 370 families currently seeking refuge there were given financial assistance. In addition to this, 170 people with a variety of illnesses, some of which are terminal, were also given aid to go towards medicines and medical bills.

ACERO’s role in assisting displaced persons continues to be essential in Jordan given the concentration of people currently residing there. In Amman the number of displaced families has risen dramatically.

Our sincerest thanks go once again to the Assyrian Christian Compassion Ministry (ACCM) of San Jose for their contribution to this project and also to the parishioners of Mar Gewargis Church, Chicago, who gathered together to raise funds for this cause.

Our projects in Jordan are co-ordinated by the Very Rev’d Cor-bishop Awgin Dawood along with our Jordan Chapter committee. They work tirelessly to ensure each and every displaced person receives the help they need, especially for the sick. Referring to the people of Jordan, Rev. Awgin writes:

‘The people here have given us a bright picture of strong faith, although their circumstances are difficult but they still were able to participate in huge numbers in the ceremonies we held in Church. For their role in reserving their faith, it’s our role to show them that the Church hasn’t forgotten about them, and that ACERO was created to embrace like these people. We have all the appreciation to whom is helping through ACERO’

We echo his words in thanking all our partners and supporters for their generosity, loyalty and love for our organisation and our people throughout the world.

Barnabas Fund Food Programme in Baghdad – 650 Families

2019-01-20T22:34:53+00:00June 15th, 2018|

Our sincerest thanks go to our long time partners and supporters at Barnabas Fund for the completion of their sponsored food and aid programme in Baghdad. For the last few months, as we have reported, distributions have taken place in the capital, across four Assyrian Church of the East Parishes; Mar Gewargis Church, Dora, Mart Mariam, Mar Mari and Mar Odisho Churches in Baghdad.

The third phase of the programme was completed during Easter and the weeks that followed, culminating in what was one of the largest distributions ACERO has undertaken in Baghdad with food parcels and aid reaching a staggering 650 families.

We would like to thank the team on the ground, comprised of our Baghdad chapter committee, parish priests; namely the very Rev’d Cor-bishop Awgin Hurmiz and volunteers who gave their time to help with the distribution of food parcels.

We extend our deepest gratitude to Barnabas Fund for this sponsored programme. For over a decade they have championed our work, supported our projects and have made many of our largest projects possible. Thanks to all our donors who have helped us reach thousands of vulnerable people who need our help across the Middle East.