After the ISIS occupation of the Nineveh Plains, 363 church properties were damaged or destroyed along with more than 12,970 Christian homes. Your help is enabling us to carry out a reconstruction project, which will enable the return of its families and help to rebuild communities.
Many people left the Nineveh Plains in 2014 when ISIS occupied the region. After its liberation, it took another two years for the local communities to even begin to recover. Those who dared to return had to cope with the destruction of their hometowns. About 435 families have returned to Karamles; of the 750 Christian houses that sustained damages, 382 have been rebuilt so far. There is still a lot of work to be done. “We do not know if every family will return to Nineveh Plains, but we must preserve our identity and our history for the sake of the children of the diaspora. Our enduring presence here shall not be compromised,” said Fr. Thabet Yousif. During the occupation, 130 church properties in the region were ruined or destroyed. The revival of Church life is one way of reassuring the faithful and of encouraging them to rebuild their lives. To support the constructions and reconstructions of church properties is not only about renovating the buildings but supporting the communities themselves.
The Catholic community in Agartala gathers for prayers and Mass celebrations in a mud-walled-chapel that tends to leak during the rainy season. Your contribution will help this community have dignified conditions in which to live their Faith.
The charism of the contemplative Sisters of Jesus the Eucharist is one of perpetual adoration. From their cloister monastery in Benin, they intercede through their prayers for the whole world. With your contribution, we can support the renovation of their monastery.
Eritrea is a poor country struggling to recover from the war with Ethiopia. The religious Sisters arrived as missionaries 80 years ago to provide a good Christian education for girls. With your help, we can support the construction of a much-needed home for them.