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Baghdad Aid Program Continues – Summer School and Graduation

2018-04-11T11:34:37+00:00October 2nd, 2017|

ACERO’s Baghdad Chapter turned its focus to education once again by sponsoring summer school classes in three parishes of the Assyrian Church of the East across the Capital. The sponsorship of this programme was in partnership with the Assyrian Christian Compassion Ministry (ACCM).

Between June-September 2017, classes were held across St. Mary’s, St Odisho and St Mari the Apostle Parishes where children attending were taught Religious Studies and the Assyrian language. The classes were run by volunteers and were attended by many of the children living in the area.

The Summer programme culminated in a beautiful graduation ceremony where each student was presented with a gift and a graduation certificate by Rev Fr. Behnam Ishak of St Mary’s Parish.

We express our immense thanks to the ACCM, Cor-Bishop Awgin Hurmiz Dawood and to Mr Salman Spanya and the ACERO Chapter team in Baghdad for implementing such important projects for the education of our youth and the preservation of our faith and language in the Homeland.

Diana Project Launch and Food Aid Distribution

2018-04-11T11:38:48+00:00September 15th, 2017|

ACERO’s Northern Iraq Chapter has launched a major aid campaign for approximately 200 families living in Diana. On 24th August, families gathered at St. George’s Assyrian Church of the East, under the stewardship of Rev. Qasha Yatron Yonan to receive essential food parcels.

In attendance were also Fredoun Benjamin, Treasurer, ACERO US and Andy Darmoo, Secretary, ACERO Worldwide.

Each parcel contained food essentials such as rice, oil, tea and sugar as well as other household essentials. These parcels were received with gratitude and all recipients expressed their delight at the prospect of future support from ACERO within the area, especially for the children living there who range from primary to secondary school age.

Our thanks go once again to our project partner The Barnabas Fund and all our donors who have continued to give generously in support of the #Assyrian people during these difficult times.

Dohuk Area Aid Distribution – Iraq

2018-04-11T11:42:05+00:00August 24th, 2017|

On 23 August, ACERO distributed food parcels to 73 families at the ACERO Housing Complex in Dohuk and to displaced people in neighboring villages.

Financial aid was also distributed to many handicapped people and assistance was granted for the purchase of medicines.

Fredoun Benjamin, Treasurer of ACERO – US accompanied ACERO Secretary Andy Darmoo with both attending the opening of a bakery at the Dohuk Housing Complex which was funded by ACERO.

On the same day, the ACERO officials from the U.S. and U.K. also visited the convenience store and community hall which is located at the Complex.

ACERO Aid Distribution – Amman, Jordan

2018-04-16T02:57:23+00:00August 15th, 2017|

ACERO is delighted to report on its most recent aid distribution in support of displaced Assyrian Christians in Amman, Jordan.

In partnership with our project partner the Iraqi Christian Relief Council, ACERO distributed financial aid to 125 refugees most of whom are suffering from serious and chronic medical issues requiring ongoing treatment. Aid was also distributed to support the educational expenses of students studying in Jordan.

Representatives of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council led by Ms Juliana Taimoorazy visited Amman and were welcomed by The Rev’d Fr Shmoel A. Maqdis, parish priest in charge of the Mission of the Assyrian Church of the East in Jordan. Fr Shmoel has worked extensively with ACERO during his tenure as a parish priest in Baghdad and subsequently in Jordan.

We extend our deepest thanks to the Iraqi Christian Relief Council, Ms Taimoorazy and all supporters of both organizations for making this life giving charitable work possible. Thanks also to Fr Shmoel who has been tireless in his efforts to give hope and support to his faithful.

Education and Aid Program – Kirkuk

2018-04-11T11:55:43+00:00July 7th, 2017|

Within the confines of the Assyrian Church of the East Parish of Mar Gewargis, Kirkuk, ACERO with the help of Rev.Gewargis Yousif alongside his ACERO committee members have worked on the revitalisation of the Children’s School.

In an area which has seen years of turmoil and hardship, today young children are gathered to learn their mother tongue and to learn the teaching of Our Lord and Saviour.

After opening the school with 35 children, the number has risen to 50 within a week and has 4 teaching assistants with Rev Yousif. ACERO will continue to support the Kirkuk School project in order to support our children in our Homeland.

“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”
— Matthew 18:1-5

ACERO Baghdad Aid Programme Expanded

2017-11-25T23:58:47+00:00June 10th, 2017|

ACERO’s Baghdad Chapter has continued to implement its ever growing aid programme for Assyrian Christians in Iraq’s capital.

This long-suffering community is in ongoing need to support which ACERO is working to provide.

In recent times, ACERO’s Baghdad Chapter has focused on providing financial support to the elderly and infirm, particularly those suffering from chronic conditions which require treatment.

ACERO is also pleased to continue its auspice of the Home for the Elderly located in Camp Al-Gailany. Particular support to this institution includes food, financial and medical aid on an ongoing basis.

We offer our tremendous thanks to Barnabas Fund who has provided ongoing support to this work and has committed to continue its support into the future. Our thanks also to generous supporters from around the world who contribute via this website.

ACERO Sponsors Ascension Day Celebrations – Kirkuk, Iraq

2018-04-16T02:57:30+00:00June 1st, 2017|

ACERO was delighted to this week support the faithful members of St George’s Church in Kirkuk, Iraq celebrate the Holy Feast of the Ascension through our London, UK Headquarters.

In connection with the feast day, one of the 7 major feast days in the liturgical calendar of the Assyrian Church of the East, the faithful of the church held a church service and social function. 45 girls dressed as brides per the ancient Assyrian tradition to celebrate the feast day.

The celebration was marked by a program including hymns and the distribution of gifts to the participants. Students who had recently received strong results in their studies were also recognised and awarded for their efforts.

ACERO Aid for 312 Displaced Families – Jordan

2018-04-11T12:17:46+00:00May 17th, 2017|

In recent months ACERO has continued its important work in support of displaced Assyrian Christian refugees living in Amman, Jordan.

ACERO has worked closely with The Rev’d Shmoel Athneil who is providing spiritual leadership to the displaced community. ACERO’s active work over a number of years has included providing material and financial aid to the sick and needy.

Most recently, a function was hosted by the Assyrian Church of the East’s Mission in Amman, Jordan where direct financial aid was provided to 312 families in need.

As many of these families await re-settlement in the United States, Europe, Australia and elsewhere, ACERO will provide the most assistance it can to ensure that displaced #Assyrians live in dignity. Your support is vital to ensuring this happens.

ACERO Aid Supports 250 Refugees in Turkey

2018-04-16T02:57:35+00:00May 11th, 2017|

ACERO is delighted to have continued its lengthy programme of support for displaced Assyrians throughout Turkey. In recent weeks, ACERO distributed financial aid to 250 persons (from 51 families) across 10 different Turkish cities.

ACERO is indebted to our project partner, the Iraqi Christian Relief Council (ICRC) for its support of this project and other support of humanitarian relief for Assyrian refugees in Turkey.

Writing directly to ACERO headquarters, our on-the-ground representatives states:

“It has been more than two years that ACERO began helping the refugees in Turkey. Every time ACERO and ICRC send the help, people are happy and grateful for this magnificent work … there are no words to express our feelings and the people’s gratitude to ACERO and ICRC. We had many sick, handicapped and needy families. ACERO and ICRC did not hesitate (not even once) in helping these families. I would like to give these two amazing organizations a huge thanks.”

These words from the refugee community in Turkey speak for themselves. Your support is a lifeline for those most in need.

ACERO Launches New Housing Project in Dohuk

2018-04-16T02:57:40+00:00April 9th, 2017|

ACERO is delighted to announce the latest chapter in its work to support Assyrian Christian families displaced by conflict in the Nineveh Plains and northern Iraq. Work is almost complete on 8-12 prefabricated homes which are being erected on the grounds of ACERO’s existing Dohuk Housing Complex. These high-quality homes will provide a more permanent response to the ongoing displacement of families who are yet to return to their towns and villages due to the security situation in Iraq.

Families who will take residence in these prefabricated homes include those moving from ACERO’s existing Sawra Village project near Semele. In recent months ACERO’s agreement with a local landlord for the use of the land on which Sawra Village sits has elapsed. We regret that the landlord’s offer to sell the land for an exorbitant and unreasonable price was unacceptable and not within ACERO’s means. As such, this facility will soon close at its current location. With some families already having returned to their towns and others having moved elsewhere or emigrated outside of Iraq, #ACERO used this opportunity to provide the remaining families with a more permanent outcome.

Residents of the new prefabricated homes in Dohuk will have access to their own facilities, water tanks and other amenities. They will continue to reside at the location free of charge and receive regular humanitarian aid. With the new families who will take up residence at the Dohuk Complex, the total number will now exceed 50 families.

As part of the extensions to the Dohuk facility, we are also pleased to report that a bakery will soon open and commence production. The bakery is situated next to the small supermarket and hall/cafeteria which are already at the Complex.

As always, we extend our immense thanks to Dr Patrick Sookhdeo and the Barnabas Fund who worked directly with #ACERO to operate Sawra Village for nearly two and a half years. The kindness, generosity and support of this tremendous organisation will never be forgotten. The organization has been at the forefront of supporting displaced and suffering Assyrian Christians throughout the Middle East. We also thank Mr Pnoel Youkhana and the SALT Foundation who have contributed generously to the new project in Dohuk.