Overnight, the families of the Nineveh plain lost everything and went into exile. They lived hell in unhealthy camps, under scorching temperatures, before recovering some semblance of dignity, finding a refuge in a construction building open to all winds.

Now that Qaraqosh is liberated the inhabitants can come back. In this town, which population was predominantly Christian, everything was destroyed: only ruins remain.

Father Georges, Syriac Catholic Priest of Mosul

I'm in Iraq to help my people. It is a great project, because it is not just about rebuilding houses, but above all, society.

The project we have launched with SOS Chrétiens d’Orient aims to give hope back to our people. My dream is to make Qaraqosh more beautiful than before and to encourage displaced Iraqi to come back here.

Today, Qaraqosh comes back to life!

Stone after stone, house after house, alley after alley, everything has to be rebuilt! Bulkheads are rebuilt, ceilings are re-plastered to patch bullet holes, and all of this has to be painted. We urgently need to rehabilitate homes, to re-establish both the water and electricity networks, to renovate every room in the houses to have at least the minimum living standard. The return to normal will be long and tedious. Many wonder: how will they be able to rebuild everything considering the scale of construction? But when the volunteers ask them this question, a unanimous response emerges from lips and hearts: " with God's help, we will succeed in rebuilding the city. "

On 2 May 2017, the city authorities, the leaders of the parishes of Qaraqosh and the Iraq mission inaugurated a huge cross at the city's main entrance. On that day, the association committed to rebuilding 50 houses, which today are now completed and livable. Hundreds of Christian families have already returned to their homes. At the entrance to Qaraqosh, Mr. Mikaël and his little family, with bright eyes and a heart filled with joy, stop and make the sign of the cross in front of their new home. It is an immense symbol of faith and resurrection of a city that has never stopped believing and never gave up hope of seeing her children come back.

Thanks to your donations, we can add to the fifty houses already build so that the largest Christian city in Iraq returns to life. Families come back and hope for a better future with them. With your help, we can do more! Rebuilding a house costs around $2374. Every dollar counts.



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.