The Holy-Benham-and-Sara school permits the schooling of refugee children who do not yet have access to education. It also hosts children who are already in school but are facing difficulties with transport and finance. The school is totally free for displaced children: no registration or operation fees are required for families. The school material is provided by SOS Chrétiens d’Orient. The program included in the arabic curriculum allows the recognition of diplomas by the government of Baghdad. Classes are held by teachers recruited from the displaced people of the Ninevah plains.
Progress on the construction site:
End of February 2015 ==> Cleaning of the land, upgrading and laying foundations for prefabricated buildings.
March 2015 ==> Installation of prefabricated buildings. In a week, the entire educational structure was installed. The construction of the school continues with the laying of a fence as well as sanitary and septic tanks. The big work ended with the installation of a 5000 litre water tank and the painting of prefabricated buildings on 6 March.
During the last days of the project, volunteers added to the project, in connection with the school director, and together they installed the supplies (140 offices, 9 white boards) to allow for a quick relaunch in the best conditions.
On April 25, 2015, the school that now has 600 students was blessed by Monsignor Yohanna Petros Mushé, Archbishop Syriac of Mosul, in the presence of Mr. Alain Guépratte, consul general of France in Erbil. Many members of the Iraqi clergy and two French clerics were present alongside representatives of the Kurdish autonomous regional government and the Iraqi Central Government.