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.
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 [...]
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.
ACERO was delighted to recently support the faithful members and students of the Mar Gewargis Church in the blessed town of Diana, Iraq. Financial aid was distributed to students living in Diana but currently completing their studies in the Northern Iraqi capital of Erbil. This will go towards travel expenses and educational supplies. Food parcels and financial aid was also distributed to approx. 190 families living in Diana. Our thanks goes to the Rev. Fr. Yatron Yonan Dawood for coordinating the distribution of aid. He said of ACERO's support: 'By this occasion our Church and all the families and the students thank your esteemed organisation that has kept your promise to support us for many years, and we hope you continue to help us for the coming years. May God bless all the members of your organisation to serve our nation' We thank all our donors for continuing to support our ongoing projects across the Middle East.
We are pleased to report that our education and aid programme in the blessed city of Kirkuk continued over the holy festival of the Resurrection. Bible studies and Assyrian language classes were held at the Assyrian Church of the East Parish of Mar Gewargis led by the Rev’d. Fr.Gewargis Yosip. ACERO has provided funding for transportation, books and supplies, gifts and toys in order to make it all possible. Much needed new furniture for the Parish was also purchased. Financial aid was distributed to families living in the area as the city is experiencing a very difficult economic period. Fr. Gewargis has expressed his gratitude to all at ACERO, stating: 'On my behalf and on behalf of the St. Gewargis Church in Kirkuk, we are very thankful for your support and permanent help for the glory of the Church and name of Jesus Christ. Thank you very much and God bless you’ We are grateful to Rev'd 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.
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.