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.