On 30 August 2017, hundreds of Christians are taking to the streets of Al-Qaa village, celebrating the victory of the Lebanese armed forces over the jihadists.

Their presence on Lebanese soil is a consequence of the war in Syria. The Anti-Lebanon Mountain range, formed the border between the two countries, providing an ideal rear base for them. The first incursions by Islamic State fighters in this region began in 2014. Over the years, they occupied a territory of almost 300 square kilometres, straddling Syria and Lebanon. On the Lebanese side, 120 square kilometres had fallen under the jihadist yoke.

Olga, inhabitant of Al-Qaa

Your support is more than welcome, because there's so much to do here. Everything you bring us will be used to help the families of the village to whom the state has already requested a lot to support from the troops.

Like all border villages, Al-qaa has a team of trained first-aid residents and an emergency logistics management called the Support & Rescue Team. During the offensive on August 30, the Lebanese army and the Red Cross team provided and managed an action and care plan for the wounded in the rear of the fighting lines, as well as the daily supply of water and food, making four to seven thousand sandwiches per day for the soldiers.

These new missions are added to their primary mission: direct assistance to local populations.

On the morning of August 23, four volunteers and the head of mission leave the headquarters of our association in Beirut and head towards Al-Qaa with a full loaded van. All available space is filled! Once there, the unloading takes place with the support of the members from Support & Rescue Team and the Reading and Cultural Animation Center (CLAC). Thirty mattresses with blankets and pillows, 200 kg of pasta, 300 kg of rice, 150 kg of tinned food are some examples of what has been brought to support the people on the ground in Al-Qaa. The military offensive ends on August 28, with the victory of Lebanese troops.

The entire territory formerly occupied is definitively free from Islamist fighters. These food and business project costs $1500, a big thank you for your help!



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.