EMERGENCY FAMILIES IN TRIPOLI

In Tripoli, a city full of joy, the walls are riddled with bullets. Martyrs’ pictures hanging from the balconies bear witness to a painful past and poverty is blatant. Christians suffered from the war between the Sunni and Alawite communities which ravaged the city since January 2008. Forty-five years ago, Christians represented 75 % of the population of Tripoli whilst today they are only 25 % of it.

Benoit, French volunteer

Rahrme is a 93-Year-old inhabitant of Tripoli who lives with her sister in a single room. In 2008, she was shot in the legs by a Sunni taxi driver because she had the misfortune to ask him to take her back to the Alawite district where she lived.

As a result of this tragedy, she spent all her savings to pay for six surgeries. We have brought her food and hygiene products so she could reduce her monthly expenses.

 

Georges Yacoub, was living in a room with no electricity, littered with rubbish.

During our first visit, we were dismayed by his living conditions and we decided to renovate it with our partners of Tripoli and with neighbours.



At the end of September 2017, a team went to Tripoli for the first time, the second city of Lebanon, only one hour away from Beirut in order to assess the needs there. Gathered together in the areas of Mina or Koube, the Christian population lives for most of them in extremely precarious conditions. On the spot, a network of local translators and volunteers has formed gradually around the association in order to help them.

Today, we are undertaking the establishment of a third office in Tripoli to set up regular and long-term help for Lebanese Christian families. For that, we need your support. The scale of aid we will be able to bring them depends on you.

With $82, you can finance a food package and a hygiene package for one month for one family. This will allow families to save that amount in that given month, which will help them greatly.

By making a donation, you will also allow us to initiate other restoration works such as the renovation of Christian houses, and above all, you will enable the opening of an antenna in Tripoli.

HELP US HERE TO HELP THEM OVER THERE

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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.