A SCHOOL FOR ARMENIAN CHILDREN

 

Before the war, the school Al Imane was one of the most important school of Alep. One thousand of students from kindergarden to high school studied there under the leadership of the catholic armenian archbishopric. Today, there are only 450 pupils.

 

 

The younger ones have only known war, a life without electricity, without running water. What they need today is to learn, to forget fear and religious fanaticism. In order to do this, the Armenian Church provided the establishment of workshops of music therapy for teenagers, so they can pass to another environment different from class or home. For others, it was necessary to call psychologists to follow them, help them to let off steam, to tell what they carry inside them, to recover a bit of this lost innocence!

 

Etienne Mignot, assistant chief of mission in Alep, Syria

 

Armenians undertook this vast project alone. They need our help to carry it out. It’s not just a question of teaching children of Aleppo.  

The school of Al Imane is also a jewel of the Aleppine architecture and a prime spiritual center. It’s here that the transmission of the Armenian soul is provided.

This year, children have been able to attend classes; they are not scared anymore of the bombs.



Before the war, the school Al Imane was one of the most important school of Aleppo. One thousand of students from kindergarten to high school studied there under the leadership of the Catholic Armenian archbishop. Today, there are only 450 pupils.  

Because of the damage caused by the war, almost 40% of the city was damaged. From 2013, Al Imane school was destroyed by the bombardment and thus the schooling of the children was moved underground to the the Holy Cross Church. Besides the jihadist’s threat, the very rudimentary conditions and basic nature of this makeshift school made the learning environment particularly difficult for students.

Thanks to the liberation of Aleppo in December 2016 a vast work of reconstruction was launched.

The aim of this project is to permit children to return to their school, to keep studying in good conditions, to permit Armenian community to remain and to preserve its heritage. With the liberation of Aleppo, the school of Al Imane also saw a significant increase of its pupils. It is an immense joy to see students return to school but it is also an emergency we have to face. It is for this reason that Bishop Marayati, the Catholic Armenian archbishop of Aleppo undertook to restore the building. Thanks to him, six hundred pupils are now able to start school. Some of these children have already changed schools three or four times as each was destroyed by the bombings or the jihadists’ advance.

Despite the enormity of the project, the Catholic Armenian vicariate has already started the works. For its part, SOS Chrétiens d’Orient has committed itself to finance the educational materials for the new school (computers, desks, tables…). By helping the Catholic Armenian community to reestablish their educational institutions, you participate massively in the rebirth of this city. Volunteers in Aleppo actively participated to the rebuilding of this school, but there are still so many needs to be addressed.

The restoration of one wall requires 25kg of sealant and 20 litres of paint, at a cost of $57 for each façade.

You too can participate in the rebirth of Al Imane School! In order to finish it, we need to collect at least $34,634. In September 2016, Al Imane had only 320 pupils left due to the war. By 2017, a hundred more students enrolled and by September 2018 we hope to see this figure increase significantly.

HELP US HERE TO HELP THEM OVER THERE

BECOME VOLUNTEER !

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.