Demographically and economically, Tripoli is the second largest city in Lebanon. The location of several clashes during the civil war, the city is struggling to rebuild itself and to get rid of its bloody past. In this context, the volunteers of SOS Chrétien d'Orient, in partnership with the Greek Catholic Bishop of Tripoli, Monsignor Daher, and Father Basilius, the future manager, decided to launch an ambitious project to meet this challenge.

This project is to finance the creation of a sewing workshop for the Christians of Tripoli. Eventually, the much broader ambition, would be on the one hand to create employment for seamstresses in the city and its surroundings, and on the other hand to revitalize the economic life of the second largest city of Lebanon .

Monseigneur Daher, Greek Catholic Bishop of Tripoli

We must help the Christians of Tripoli, because we have tasks to fulfill and a testimony to give. The priority is to help families who do not have an inflow of funds by giving them work so they can meet their daily needs as much as possible.

On this hot afternoon, the volunteers of the association meet Father Basilius at the Greek-Melkite Catholic Archdiocese of Tripoli to visit the center, which will eventually host dozens of seamstresses. Eventually, it will become a center of activities in the service of Christians who have, for too long, and through successive waves of exile, fled the city.

The priority remains the creation of jobs through the opening of the sewing workshop. The employees will have the mission to make religious clothes for the Christian communities of Lebanon.

The damaged frontage, riddled with bullets and hidden by the many suspended electric wires, still gives a glimpse of a plaque announcing the entrance of the archbishop's palace. Says Brandon, a volunteer in Lebanon. "It's on the ascent of the spiral staircases that we meet Father Basilius, who already has a sewing workshop in Beirut. He shares with us his joy at seeing us and noticing our deep interest in this ambitious project." 

At first sight, the inside of the building is much more preserved than the facade, with many repairs made to plumbing, electricity and painting. The balcony, meanwhile, was not spared by the war, and everywhere bullet impacts reflect the painful past of the archdiocese.

The evaluation conducted by Father Basilius indicates that € 60.125 are needed to fully equip the workshop. SOS Chrétiens d'Orient has committed a total of 30.000 euros.



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.