Our actions Syria

2013! The war has been in Syria for 2 years. In September 2013, the village of Maaloula was attacked by the terrorists of the al-Nusra front. Churches are burned, people massacred or forced into exile and to live in deprivation.


In Paris, Charles de Meyer and Benjamin Blanchard decided not to stand by idly. Together, they launch the very first operation "Christmas in Syria". And as the health situation deteriorated, they make a humanitarian convoy, bringing 4 tons of toys, clothes and blankets to Syrians.


On the same day, while a rain of shells falls continuously in several Syrian cities, the rebels blow up 40 tons of explosives in an ultra-modern hospital in Aleppo. Posters hastily put up on the walls of the city announce the dead of the different parishes, everywhere are descriptions of carnage and the stories of jihadists who rape and kill dogmatically. The tone is given! As a result of a religious conflict in a country where religions lived in peace, foreign powers threatened one of the most successful examples of cohabitation in the Middle East.


The French will not abandon the Syrians, and so, SOS Chrétiens d’Orient is born.

Many projects are supported, such as the delivery of a generator to the Saint Louis-French hospital in Damascus, the rehabilitation of a church in Maaloula, the installation of a medical center in the city of Homs...


From June 2015, permanent missions are opened throughout the country and host their first volunteers throughout the year. The needs are real and countless, the situation is alarming, the task is immense.

SOS Chrétiens d’Orient have been acting at two levels: the distribution of essential supplies that meet emergency needs (food, water, blankets, electricity...) and projects that prepare for the post-war period with, for example, the reconstruction of destroyed houses and churches, the development of agricultural projects, the support of children’s school fees, housing costs for students to avoid an "empty" generation often the result of high-intensity conflicts, and to ensure a future for these young people who will make Syria tomorrow...


After six years of war, much deprivation, suffering, grief, Syrians begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Aleppo is finally released from the Islamist yoke. Their example, the example of the Syrian people, must be known to us who have not known the horrors of war which they have suffered. If they are abandoned, Syria dies.

Today, SOS Chrétiens d’Orient invests in the future and intensifies its economic development projects so that Syrians can take again the reins of their lives. With your help, Syria will recover and this recovery will be thanks to the indomitable spirit of Syrians themselves.

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Maps of the missions

SOS in Aleppo ! Elderly fight coronavirus

sos chretiens orient Syria

Because of the war, many Syrian families were decimated. Some left Syria, others stayed and fought to survive. After bombs, killings, shortage and economic sanctions, a new plague await...

In figures

8 On-site volunteer

20 Current projects

378 Completed project

11 Places of Mission

Current projects



SOS in Aleppo ! Elderly fight coronavirus

Because of the war, many Syrian families were decimated. Some left Syria, others stayed and fought to survive.

After bombs, killings, shortage and economic sanctions, a new plague awaits. More insidious and invisible, it can make the lives of the Aleppians nightmarish again. The most vulnerable, sick and poor elderly people could be a prime target for covid-19.


Rebuild the Armenian area of Aleppo

The 12th of December 2016 will stay in the Syrian annals as the day of the beginning of the delivery of Aleppo.

After five years of war, five years of combat, five years during which death and destruction were omnipresent, the armed groups who occupied east part of the city have been surrounded and the city is now free.

The area of Midan is located in the midst of Aleppo. Entering randomly in those buildings and discovering so many apartments devastated, where holy pictures and family photos are spread all over the floor amongst the rubble it a moving and bewildering sight. Refrigerators are still full of moldy food. Jewelry, trinkets, clothes…everything is still there, all abandoned and lying forlornly on the floor


The call of ruins

The war is slowly moving away from the recent memories but another battle begins. Horror is always inscribed in red ink on the hearts of those who have suffered it. The history pages of Qaraqosh, Karemless and Bartella, on the Plains of Nineveh, are written with blood. Living areas in ruins bloom like a floor of flowers. While the reconstruction of the homes of these ghost towns will take years, it is now perhaps that the Christians of the Orient can start to believe that they can again find the warmth of a home on the lands of their fathers. All of this depends on your action.


Homs, make the smell of death disappear!

Occupied for several years by Islamist groups and the al-Nusra front, the martyr city of Homs (the 4th city of Syria) tries to rise from its ashes.

With the complete liberation of the city in May 2017, hundreds of Christian families, who had fled the fighting, began to return to their neighbourhoods and to their homes, now destroyed.

A tragic and devastating. sight faced the returnees as 3/4 of the city have been obliterated from the map, 2.200 are dead in oldest part of the city and the many Christians who lived there have fled, all afraid to return... everything needs to be reconstructed.


Sadad, a small family activity

In 2013, the Christian village of Sadad was invaded by the al-Nusra front for several long weeks. A hundred civilians lost their lives during fighting. Suliman Khalil, former mayor of Sadad became the head of an armed defence group who were formed to repel the invaders.

In October 2015, the scenario repeats itself with the terrorist jihadists of the Islamic State. The inhabitants of Sadad have been very marked by these repeated assaults and the ravages of war have been deeply imprinted in their eyes.

In 2016, Suliman Khalil appealed to SOS Chrétiens d’Orient to support him in a joint project to provide little quail birds for the village in an attempt to control the recession due to economic sanctions and reviving the village's activity.


Watching over a Syrian jewel

In Western Syria, on a strategic site of the foothills of Jabal Ansariya, a colossal fortress rises. At the crossroads of Homs, Tartous, Antioch and Beirut, six hundred metres above the Christian Valley. Here, on the foundations of a strong ottoman, was built the famous “Krak des Chevaliers” in 1140.


Unfortunately, this historical and cultural symbol of a whole country is falling slowly. The Fortress, deemed impregnable, suffered a great deal from the passage of time and particularly during its occupation by the al-Nusra terrorist group. Whole parts of the city wall, marked by the stigmata of a war which has lasted for more than seven years, threaten to collapse.


Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, the groups of tourists who came before the see these majestic walls, have now deserted the valley. Listed by UNESCO as Cultural Heritage site, this exceptional site suffers from a lack of resources.


Sadad : a village to rebuild

In Sadad, a Christian village in western Syria, occupation and two terrorist attacks until 2016 left immutable marks in the memories of the inhabitants, physically and psychologically exhausted by war. The employment rate in this village is very low for people of all ages. Sadad fought against the invasion of the terrorists but the destructive conflict did not spare houses many of which were severely damaged during attacks.


Breaking the loneliness of older people

War and fighting have scared off many families who have chosen to leave Syria but for the elderly who had neither the means nor the physical capacity to leave Aleppo, they remained in their city. Having spent most of their past lives here, it was too hard for them to leave and so most of them decided to stay and to face war. But loneliness and oblivion have become their daily uphill battle and their powerlessness cries for help.


Reviving viticulture in Maaloula

Abandoned for forty years, grape growing and culture of sumac in Maaloula are absolutely necessary for the economic development of this little Christian village in the foothills of Syria.

With the steady return of the village inhabitants, SOS Chrétiens d’Orient continues to support the people of Maaloula by providing them an activity which can provide them with a long-term source of income.

SOS funds a project for the replanting of fruit groves for 115 families. 5 000 m² of vines, sumac or any of those two perennial crops can produce fruit for decades which helps to secure their economic future for years to come.