Iraqi bishops have extended their thanks to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need for its part in setting up schools for refugee children. The schools were erected from prefabricated structures in two Chaldean dioceses and a Syriac-Catholic diocese for the children forced to flee from the terrorist organisation Daesh (ISIS). More than 7200 Christian children are now able to receive their education in what are now eight schools, taught by Christian teachers who also fled Daesh occupied towns. The buildings are also used for catechetical instruction and other church activities.
In a message to ACN, Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil expressed his gratitude to benefactors: “We would like to thank you for your kind support for our community during this difficult time, when thousands of Christian families were forced to leave their homes and properties due to the ISIS attack last June to August 2014.
“We are especially grateful for your help for our students in building 5 schools for them in our Archdiocese, the Chaldean Archdiocese of Erbil, which were completed in the city of Ankawa on land owned by our archdioceses.”
The Chaldean Bishop of Zakho and Ammadeya, Rabban Al Qas, also thanked ACN, saying: “The Chaldean diocese of Zakho and Ammadeya will take full responsibility for the administration of 2 schools dedicated to internally displaced persons. Thank you so much for your kind help and caring love. We assure you of our prayers for our benefactors and ask for your prayers. May God bless you all with His care and love.”
ACN has provided more than 8 million euros in aid for persecuted Christians in Iraq since August 2014. As well as helping support the construction of school buildings, the aid has funded the purchase of temporary shelter and food provisions.
New school opening in Ankawa, Erbil, Iraq
St. Mary's School at Mar Elya Street (Sacred Heart Sisters)
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