In the district of Zgharta, for more than a century, the Maronite Christians and Sunni in Alma earn their living from fertile agricultural land. Due to armed conflict, arable land were abandoned. Surrounded by imposing rocks and weeds, they are now totally unproductive. Isolated clearing work will not be sufficient to ensure a sustainable culture of these plots of land.

Father Basilios, Greek-melkite catholic priest in Alma.

This agricultural village can no longer live on farmland income. What an irony! We must at all costs help these peasant families to find again their original vocation, that is, to feed the village with fruits and vegetables. We need a tractor, in order to facilitate the cultivation of land.

On each side of the road and on the heights of the village of Alma, vast parcels of land covered by dense vegetation and a multitude of stones stretched as far as the eye can see. Hundreds of thousands of hectares of arable land are unexploited for lack of financial resources. Contacted by Father Basilios, Greek-Melkite Catholic priest in Alma, volunteers of SOS Chrétiens d'Orient visited the site to see the scale of the project.

If the work is going to be substantial, so will the benefits. In the short term, the land will supply fruits and vegetables to the inhabitants of the village, who will be able to live almost completely independently and bring food to their neighbors.

To do so, the land must be cleaned and the soil inverted. A tractor appears to be the cheapest and most appropriate solution for carrying out this project within a reasonable time.

SOS Chrétiens d'Orient participate in the financing of the tractor up to 20 000€



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.