At the top of a mountain, bathed in the sun and bordered by fruit trees, the Syriac Orthodox Convent of Kessab still bears today the scars of the jihadists’ passage. Rubble cover floors, the windows are broken, the walls are riddled with bullets.
Father Boutros Kassis, the patriarchal orthodox vicar of Aleppo, has appealed to our team in Syria to give a new life to the convent for today life has started again. For example, since 1 August 2017, a construction site for the monastery has been launched.
Once works are over, it will turn into a home for religious and tourists passing in the region. Part of the buildings will be dedicated to an activity center for children. This is a beautiful project supported by the association that sent 6 French and Syrian volunteers. A light breeze rushes into the three floors, opened to the wind. On the outside, the blazing sun shine over the garden. The scents of summer sharpen the senses; apple trees, peach trees, fig trees and grenadiers colour the dry land.
In this extraordinary context, volunteers chisel, make terraces, clear, collect and carry out the rubbishes and start again from 08 to 4pm, every day. The atmosphere is fun and everyone understands each other without really understanding. Despite muscular aches and minor injuries, volunteers don’t sit back.
The site progresses under the watchful eyes of their favourite spectators, birds dislodged from the 3° floor or the turtle "Alexandre". Sometimes father Boutros Kassis inspects the site and the progress of the works before moving away rewarding volunteers with a " God bless you ". End of works is scheduled for April 2018.
You too, contribute, take part in the reconstruction of the convent of Kesab.
Repairing roof bricks costs 975$. To equip the newly renovated kitchen, 7800$ were required. With 3847$, you repair the electrical network of the monastery.