RECONSTRUCTION OF A MONASTERY IN KESAB

 

The village of Kesab is a Syrian village backed by the Turkish border and mostly populated by Armenians.

 



 

In March 2014, it fell under the yoke of Islamists who claim to come from al-Qaeda. If they only remain a few months, it has been enough for them to destroy much of the historical and religious heritage.

 



 

Churches and cemetery were desecrated and burned, houses plundered, walls tagged with anti-christians graffities, statues broken with chisel.

 

Father Boutros Kassis

On March 21, 2014, at 5am, we heard an explosion. It was like a machine gun fire. Even though the bombs rained upon us, I could hear "Allah Akbar" in the distance.

 



 

In three or four days, about 12000 bombs were launched on our village! At the top of the hill, a sniper was watching the comings and goings. Everyone was hiding. There were deads, there were martyrs. 

 



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.

 

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- be older than 18 years old

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- being in good physical shape

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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.