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.

Julien, responsible of agriculture projects

This project has allowed many inhabitants to rediscover the pleasure of working their ancestors’ land

The purpose of project is to finance all agricultural work to be carried out over the next five years from the very beginning with planting, to ploughing, watering and trimming the crops for harvesting.

With time, the farmers of Maaloula will be financially self-sufficient and will even make profit from these crops.

In autumn 2017, all plots were ploughed. The drilling of holes for future plantations was carried out in March-April 2018, although the plantation of grapevines and sumac was postponed to the beginning of May due to a very dry year and a lack of rainwater.

Thanks to your generosity, we have gathered the $37,594 needed to finance the first steps of this project. Maaloula thanks you!

However, we still need you! To complete this project, we still have to raise $143,162!



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.