Relief Campaign In Full Force

ACERO has put into operation a major relief effort for Christian families internally displaced from Mosul and the Nineveh Plains.

The first campaign was conducted at St George’s Church in East Dohuk which is currently hosting 55 displaced Christian families from Telkaif, Telisqof, Bartella, Bashiqa and Bahzani.

ACERO distributed bedding items and food hampers (containing 13 items per hamper) to 59 families currently residing in the church hall.

ACERO is intensifying its preparations to distribute significant aid to; 20 families at The Martyr’s Church in Semele, 26 families at the ACERO Housing Complex in Dohuk, 40 families in Dehi and 45 families in Kani Balavi.

Please help ACERO to be a lifeline of support for the suffering Christians of Northern Iraq.

2017-11-25T23:58:55+00:00August 8th, 2014|

Mosul Appeal: ACERO Aid Program for 60 Families in Dohuk

ACERO’s ‘Mosul Appeal’ continued on 23 July 2014 with the distribution of food aid to 60 families displaced by the Mosul conflict.

ACERO, in collaboration with project partner the Assyrian Aid Society – Iraq, distributed aid to 15 Christian families, 15 Shabak families and 30 families who reside at the ACERO Dohuk Housing Complex.

Food packages included rice, sugar, oil, tomato past, chicken eggs, milk, bread, tea, cheese, cream, jam, canned fish and chicken and washing powder.

The need of displaced families is growing daily; particularly for other items including clothing, blankets, medicine and kitchen equipment.

2017-11-25T23:58:56+00:00July 26th, 2014|

Mosul Appeal: Major ACERO Project Addresses Iraq Water Crisis 

The Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organisation (ACERO) is pleased to announce that it has just launched a major water relief project in Northern Iraq. Within the context of the ongoing conflict in Iraq, all Iraqis, and minority communities in particular, have been directly affected by water shortages and general instability in the provision of basic services and utilities.

In order to meet this major water crisis and in response to the current sweltering Iraqi heat, ACERO has purchased a water tanker and is providing relief to families in dire need to water at no cost. ACERO provides all aid without regard to the denomination of those it supports, helping Christians from all churches in Iraq and where it is called upon to do so, to non-Christian groups including Arabs.

In this time of crisis, ACERO’s Trustees offer their immense appreciation to His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East who has given direct instructions to ACERO to direct all its financial efforts and manpower towards the relief of Iraq’s Christian communities wherever they are in need. His Holiness the Catholicos-Patriarch along with the Holy Synod of the Assyrian Church of the East are directing tireless efforts and action to address the impact of the conflict of Iraq’s Christian communities and have joined the effort in supporting the great work done by ACERO. His Holiness is personally monitoring the situation and supporting ACERO’s relief efforts.

ACERO also extends its appreciation to all its supporters, project partners and all people standing in solidarity with Iraq’s Christian communities. We once again welcome all financial contributions which will allow for the implementation of rapid relief programs.

2017-11-25T23:58:56+00:00July 26th, 2014|

You gave them power

Project Update
Electric Generator in Dohuk
 
On 19 July 2014, the Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organisation (ACERO) successfully finalised a major project to install an electric generator at its Dohuk Housing Complex.
 
Summer temperatures in Iraq average 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 80 degrees Fahrenheit at night. As such, the government grid supply of electricity to dwellings in Dohuk is severely affected by daily outages and disruptions. 
 
Odisho Dawood, Chairman of ACERO’s Dohuk Chapter confirmed “ACERO has installed a 200kv electric generator which will provide electricity to 32 apartments.”
 
Working in collaboration with our project partner, the SALT Foundation – Iraq, ACERO brought this major initiative to its successful completion. 
 
The SALT Foundation – Iraq provided funding to meet 70% of the cost of the electric generator itself while ACERO bore the remainder of the expenses associated with the purchase of the generator and other components including;
 

  • The purchase of an associated 5000 litre tank;
  • The transportation of the generator and its installation;
  • The construction of a foundation;
  • The purchase of electrical cables and the installation of 32 conductors to transmit electricity to each apartment; and,
  • The remuneration of the engineer directing the project.

 
The total cost of the project came to $14,650 US Dollars.
 
The ongoing associated costs will be borne by ACERO and through a nominal monthly contribution from the Complex tenants.   
 
The electric generator will provide 8 amperes of electric power to each apartment alternating according to when the government grid electricity supply experiences an outage.
 
Mr Dawood noted that ACERO is collaborating with all humanitarian organisations and charities to help the displaced, reduce their suffering and meet their daily needs, particularly since most families have arrived in Dohuk without money and property.

He went on to stress that the Complex could provide temporary housing to 10 further families affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Iraq.
 
“We are delighted at the arrival of the generator.”
 
Ishaya Gorial Toma, 55, a resident of the Complex expressed his joy saying “we are delighted at the installation of the generator in this Complex and thank all those who have participated in bringing it to us. We were suffering without electricity during outages of the government electricity grid during the afternoon and night.”
 
The ACERO Dohuk Housing Complex consists of 4 buildings with a total of 32 apartments housing displaced families and the needy. It is a major ACERO project in Northern Iraq providing rent-free accommodation to Assyrians internally displaced from the major Iraqi conflict zones of Baghdad, Mosul and Kirkuk.

2017-11-25T23:58:56+00:00July 21st, 2014|

Mosul Appeal

The Fall of Mosul Ancient Nineveh

Another Assyrian Christian Tragedy Unfolds

ACERO has responded rapidly and begun to reach many families fleeing Mosul and the surrounding areas, who have sought refuge within local churches.

With the assistance of local ACERO chapter members on the ground, important work has already begun to assist those in immediate need, including Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriac Orthodox and Catholic and Arabs affected by the ongoing turmoil.

ACERO chapter members and partners on the ground report that “they are arriving with the clothes on their backs … they do not even have bags”.

The International Organisation for Migration has estimated that 500,000 residents of Mosul have already fled Iraq’s second-city.

ACERO’s Response

  • Financial aid reached the area within an hour of the reports coming in;
  • The school classroom (within ACERO’s Dohuk Housing Complex) has been converted into temporary shelter for displaced families;
  • Local church parishes have set up food distribution points, as the supplies begin to become sparse; and,
  • A priest’s home has been vacated to allow families to use the facilities for shelter.

ACERO’s Trustees are receiving constant updates on the situation in order to ensure the level of assistance provided meets the requirements and is immediate.

ACERO’s Current Requirements

  • 2000 food baskets consisting of: rice, flour, oil, sugar, tea, soaps, drinking water, corned beef and pasta. This food basket costs $50 USD
  • 2 water tankers which can distribute at least 10,000 litres of clean drinking water. The cost of these tankers is $40,000 USD for near to new models
  • 2 water tanks to store water, and 2 electric generators

How Can You Help?

Your generous support will help ACERO to continue providing direct aid and relief to displaced residents of Mosul and the surrounding Nineveh region. Please show your support and concern by making an urgent contribution securely  in your preferred currency.

 

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2017-11-25T23:58:56+00:00June 12th, 2014|
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