Children’s Easter Party – Dohuk, Iraq

2018-04-11T11:09:09+00:00April 11th, 2018|

ACERO’s Dohuk Chapter has brought the joyous spirit of Easter to some 60 children at our Dohuk Housing Complex in Northern Iraq. With the help and attendance of parishioners and youth from the local Assyrian Church of the East Parish of Mar Narsai, a party was held to celebrate this most Holy Feast of the Resurrection.

The children took part in team games, singing and were gifted with traditional Easter sweets as well as a present for each of them.

We would like to extend our thanks to all Committee members on the ground for their tireless work, most of which is to bring smiles to the faces of our blessed and beloved children, who have at such a young age shown incredible resilience in the face of adversity.

Committee members have reported that ‘a wonderful time was had by all the children as was shown in the smiles on their faces. We thank ACERO for their continued support to help us arrange such celebrations’

Our work in Northern Iraq is ongoing and our residents in the Complex are well cared for as a result of our supporter’s generosity, please continue to support us to keep this and other aid projects going throughout the Middle East.

Chairman’s Easter Message – H.G. Mar Afram Athneil

2018-04-08T09:01:14+00:00April 8th, 2018|

His Grace Mar Afram Athneil, ACERO’s beloved Chairman and Bishop of Syria wishes all our volunteers, donors and supporters a happy and holy Easter and thanks all who have contributed to ACERO’s work in the last year; both with your prayers and with your donations.

Without you, we simply could not have been a lifeline for suffering ‎Assyrian‬ ‎Christians‬ in the Middle East.

It is our prayer that this Holy feast of the Resurrection brings peace and hope to the persecuted, that they may live in dignity, security and prosperity.

May Christ Jesus, who gave His life and rose for the salvation of humankind bless you all.

‘We Have Not Forgotten You’ – 370 Families Receive Aid in Jordan (ACCM/ACERO Project)

2018-04-19T13:26:33+00:00March 9th, 2018|

ACERO has not and will not forget the hundreds of needy families currently residing in Jordan. Over the last few months we have reached almost 400 families in countries where the concentration of refugees is at its highest.

Throughout the bitterly cold winter and with living conditions deteriorating, each family was gifted with financial aid to go towards paying bills, heating, groceries and medication.

Our sincerest thanks goes to The Very Rev’d Cor-Bishop Awgin Hurmiz Dawood and Rev’d Fr. Esha and the committee of the Mission of Mart Shmoni who successfully distributed aid to 367 families currently residing in Jordan.

The Very Rev’d Cor-Bishop Awgin has told us:

” … again you were able to draw a smile on the face of our refugees in Jordan…….and send a clear message that ‘WE HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN YOU’ … you were able to help the neediest and the sick ….for this we thank you and pray God will always use you for the glory of His name and give you the courage and wisdom to fulfil His will”.

This project was made possible through the generosity of ACERO project partner, the Assyrian Christian Compassion Ministry (ACCM) of San Jose, USA. ACERO extends its deepest appreciation to the Directors and supporters of the ACCM for their generosity and concern for displaced Assyrian refugees in Jordan and also for their help for refugees in Turkey.

Dohuk Aid for School Children/Families and Clothing Shipment

2018-04-08T09:10:42+00:00February 23rd, 2018|

Residents at the ACERO Dohuk Housing Complex have recently benefitted from vital aid for utilities and for the promotion of education with thanks to the generosity of brother Vladimir Moghadassi and all at the Assyrian Evangelical Church of San Jose (AECSJ).

With the generous donation of the AECSJ, members of our Dohuk Chapter were able to supply vital fuel for utilities in the premises. In an area where power outages are extremely common, this basic commodity has been absolutely essential in improving the living conditions of the residents at the complex.

This contribution by the AECSJ has also covered the travel expenses of the 30 school children residing in the complex who will now be able to travel to and from school by bus.

We extend our sincerest gratitude to all at the AECSJ for this act of generosity which has helped so many of our people who need it.

We would also like to thank our donors and supporters in the UK for yet again organising a large shipment of much needed warm clothing and children’s clothing to be sent to our complex for distribution. These were a welcomed arrival and all that received them expressed the gratitude especially during these winter months.

Education and Aid Project – Kirkuk, Iraq

2018-04-08T09:15:23+00:00February 10th, 2018|

We are pleased to announce that over the last few months ACERO has launched and implemented an education and aid programme in the blessed city of Kirkuk.

Bible studies, language and arts and crafts classes have been held at the Assyrian Church of the East Parish of Mar Gewargis under the stewardship of the Rev. Fr. Gewargis Yosip.

ACERO has provided funding for transportation, books and supplies, snacks and toys in order to make it all possible. This culminated in a beautiful Christmas concert put on by the children for their families.

Financial aid was also distributed to families living in the area as the city is experiencing a very difficult economic period.

Rev. Fr. Gewargis Yosip has expressed his gratitude to all at ACERO, namely the executive committee, our Chairman Mar Afram Athneil and His Holiness Mar Gewargis III.

We are grateful to Rev. Fr. Gewargis and his team who have worked very hard to make this possible and for continuing to keep our language and culture alive in our homeland.

Dohuk Christmas Food Program (Barnabas Fund/ACERO Project)

2018-04-08T09:19:45+00:00January 24th, 2018|

We are delighted to report that during the blessed festive season, food parcels and presents were distributed amongst families and children in Dohuk, Northern Iraq.

Children in the city were treated to a visit from Santa and welcomed him with laughter and applause and shouted ‘we love Santa’ and asking him ‘what have you brought us?’!

Children, parents and the Committee on the ground expressed their gratitude for the festivities stating ‘We thank ACERO and Barnabas for all their help and for bringing smiles to the children’s faces at Christmas’.

Food parcels were distributed to 110 families in both Dohuk and the surrounding towns and villages.

We are once again grateful to Barnabas Fund for their sponsorship of this food program which has helped thousands of families throughout the last year. It has brought an abundance of happiness to men, women and children who have been displaced and who have needed it the most, in particular during the winter months and throughout the festive season.

Turkey Christmas Aid Distribution – 200 Recipients

2018-04-19T13:26:37+00:00January 16th, 2018|

We are delighted to report that ACERO aid distributions have taken in place for the very needy and very sick IDPs in Turkey. Due to the high demand and continuing struggles of 200 people currently residing across the country, this is the second distribution of this type in the last three months. Many of those who received help suffer from a variety of illnesses such as diabetes, heart problems and physical disabilities.

It is our policy not to post photos of these most vulnerable persons, however regarding ACEROs help so far, our representative on the ground Danny Lucas writes:

‘I just want to say a GREAT BIG THANK YOU for all that ACERO has provided….it has been almost three years since ACERO started helping the people in Turkey…. people needed help for Christmas and they got that help so, thank you so much for being so understanding. 200 people(39 families) got help all over Turkey. You did an amazing job by donating and supporting people, especially in winter. People need help for their bills to be paid, food and their health issues.. I would like to thank ACERO from the bottom of my heart for the amazing work that they have done for the past three years. Honestly, no words can describe our gratitude towards this wonderful organization’

We in turn thank Danny and his team for his tireless work in reaching all these families who are spread across the country.

Baghdad Food Aid Program (Barnabas Fund/ACERO Project)

2018-04-08T09:26:55+00:00December 8th, 2017|

We are delighted to announce that the second phase of ACERO’s Barnabas Fund sponsored food program in Baghdad took place last month in the blessed town of Dora. Food parcels were distributed at the Assyrian Church of the East parish of St George and reached approximately 95 families living in the area.

Leading the campaign is The Very Rev’d Cor-bishop Awgin Hurmiz, Mr Salman Spanya and the Baghdad ACERO Committee who have all expressed their sincere thanks to Barnabas Fund for implementing this extremely important program which will continue through to January 2018.

ACERO Aid Project in Turkey – 45 Families

2018-04-19T13:16:30+00:00November 24th, 2017|

“No words can describe the joy in our hearts at the magnificent job that ACERO is doing for our people” – Assyrian refugee in Istanbul, Turkey

ACERO’s work in support of Assyrian Christian refugees in Turkey has now been operating for more than 3 years. In that time, it has helped hundreds of families with financial support targeted at those with chronic medical conditions and disabilities.

Recently, ACERO completed implementation of a project supporting 45 families (225 persons) with financial aid. Of the 45 families, 8 cases were in support of refugees with physical disabilities.

Writing to ACERO, one of our refugee volunteers notes: “ACERO’s generosity is endless and I can’t find a good way to thank it enough. Thank you ACERO for the huge help that you provided for our people all over the years.”

Baghdad Food Program – In Partnership with Barnabas Fund

2018-04-11T11:30:09+00:00November 9th, 2017|

ACERO’s Baghdad program continues with recent food parcel distributions in our Parishes across the Capital. We are delighted to announce that we can continue such distributions with thanks to our incredible donors as well as sponsorship from our partners at Barnabas Fund.

ACERO Secretary, Andy Darmoo and his wife, Agnes, were recently invited to the Barnabas Fund offices in Pewsey, UK for an annual meeting with the Fund. They discussed the continuing partnership between our two great organisations and discussed further plans to implement and secure funding for projects across the Middle East.

It was agreed at this meeting that sponsorship for the Baghdad food program would continue through to January 2018 and sponsorship was also offered for the sick and very needy in Northern Iraq.

We take this opportunity to sincerely and wholeheartedly thank everyone at Barnabas for their continued support and to all our donors, without whom we could not carry out this great work for our people.