Since 6 August 2014, tens of thousands of families had taken refuge in Erbil, in Kurdistan, to escape the horror of war. For 3 years, volunteers from SOS Chrétiens d’Orient have visited more than 8 000 homes in Iraq, providing them with material assistance and a benevolent presence.

Since the liberation of the Christian villages of the Nineveh plains, many families have returned home, but many are still waiting. That is why our action must continue day after day.

Luana, volunteer in Iraq

At their side, my heart is shaped to welcome their suffering without ever forgetting that I still have so much to learn from their strength and hope. These families are a real example!

They invite us out of our "comfort zone" to finally reconnect to what really matters in life: love of one’s neighbour, listening or even charity... even in misery and adversity, they stay connected to what’s essential.

A meeting, a shared story, smiles, crying too often, but always a heart full of joy.

Despite the tragic situations they have been through, eastern Christians continue to keep an unshakable faith in Jesus Christ.

Evaluations and donations make up most of the volunteer’s time where moments are spent with Christian families who only ask to be listened to.

Much more than material help, they offer a caring presence. Being invited to their homes and entering into the privacy of their home to receive their testimonies becomes a real school of life and compassion.

With $58, you feed a family of 6 for 2 weeks. With $80, you buy a food package and an hygiene package for an isolated family in Iraq.



Volunteering is a commitment for a defined period. The volunteer is committed to a mission to serve others. To volunteer at SOS Chrétiens d’Orient you must:

- be older than 18 years old

- stay for a minimum for 1 month

- being in good physical shape

- have parental agreement for a possible departure

"I ask you to be revolutionary. Have the courage to go to counter-current. And also have the courage to be happy!" Pope Francis, July 28, speech to the volunteers of the WYD, Rio de Janeiro.

"I ask you to be revolutionaries. Have the courage to go against the grain. And have the courage to be happy!"

Pope Francis,

July 28, speech to WYD volunteers, Rio de Janeiro.