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

Mad, young Aleppine aged 22

I’m surprised! This nightmare is finally over! We’ll not loose friends again! There will be no more dead. My eyes are wet but I can’t cry.

I would like everyone to come back, final goodbyes are very hard. There are no more bombs, no more fear! We can love again without fearing losing our friends.

With astonishing courage, many inhabitants stayed and continued to live only a few meters from terrorists, protected by a wall of sandbags which had been stashed to hid them from the snipers hidden eyes. For four years, they lived this way, receiving periodically mortar bombs that destroyed their buildings and killed at random in the streets. Just behind those sandbags, war was there! The result of this was severe damage. It was notably common practice for terrorists to burst through walls in order to go through the apartments and the buildings without coming out into the open streets, thus weakening seriously the bearing walls and the structures of the buildings.

To its misfortune, the Midan area of this city is of strategic importance thanks to its proximity with the water treatment plant of Aleppo. Thus many families were forced to leave during the bombardment and sought refuge with cousins in areas located in the west of Aleppo.

Now peace has come back and these families wish to recover their homes! 

In 2018, between three and four apartments were completely rebuilt. Too little for all the armenians in Aleppo who hope to return!
In 2019, thanks to your donations, we hope to finance the reconstruction of forty apartments in the Armenian district of midan.
$140.000 are needed to relocate 40 aleppines families.



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- 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.