Since the arrival of the terrorists in Alep, life has become an inferno: power cuts, water shortages, rationings…


In May 2015, the city is completely deprived of water. Despite this, by the end of August, some areas do have access to some water, but the main part of the city has nothing and the cuts are regulars anyway since three years. Terrorists have hold of the central water pump and of the power plants. They often cut them in order to pressure the army via the population.


Bishop Jeanbart, Catholic Greek-Melkite archbishop of Alep


The great tragedy is that the country is destroyed, people are scattered, misery is everywhere. It’s a country dear to us, a country where the Church is born, a country baptized by the blood of ten millions of Christians, a land moulded by the blood of martyrs.


 Wells are dug in the city to support a thirsty nation, but they cover only 30% of the needs. The water extracted is often impure and impossible to drink.

To get water, a pump is need, and so electricity. Yet, electricity is very rare, so the inhabitants use generators working with petrol… resource very rare and expensive.

 Public tanks of drinking water and non-potable water travel around the city to deliver this water to the inhabitants, but some of them have huge needs. This being the case of Saint Louis hospital that needs 8000 to 10000 liters a day. Aleppines need a concrete help as fast as possible.

In a month and thanks to your donations, SOS Chrétiens d’Orient has gathered 34 690$ necessary for the mission “Alep is thirsty”. Your generosity permitted to install two generators in Saint Dimitri and Saint Theresa parishes: many families come to get water in the parish that has a well, and those generators are the only way to fetch water without electricity.

SOS Chrétiens d’Orient has also organized the installation of two tanks that stock water in order to redistribute it to the Aleppines that cannot have access to it.

The association has also financed the works necessary to the waterproofing of a big 20 000 liters tank, managed by Georges and Mathilde Salem’s foundation.

But these donations also helped to finance a regular distribution of home-based water for the elderly and disabled organized by the parish of Saint Dimitri: unable to travel to the points of distribution in the city, these people needed them to come over. Aleppo is thirsty and your generosity has been able to respond to the urgency of the situation.




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"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.