In 2013, the Christian village of Sadad was invaded by the al-Nusra front for several long weeks. A hundred civilians lost their lives during fighting. Suliman Khalil, former mayor of Sadad became the head of an armed defence group who were formed to repel the invaders.

In October 2015, the scenario repeats itself with the terrorist jihadists of the Islamic State. The inhabitants of Sadad have been very marked by these repeated assaults and the ravages of war have been deeply imprinted in their eyes.

In 2016, Suliman Khalil appealed to SOS Chrétiens d’Orient to support him in a joint project to provide little quail birds for the village in an attempt to control the recession due to economic sanctions and reviving the village's activity.

Kilian, the project launch manager recalls

The joy of children, who have experienced the war and who remain deeply marked by it, is perceptible when they receive these quails. They have such a heart to take care of and pamper them

The peeps of these little quails can be heard from the garden. The smell of barns comes from a small room heated by the sun throughout the day where a few cages are arranged and filled with small poultry. A clever feeding and egg recovery system is installed on each of them.

Families are part of this adventure for their children's happiness and which helps them to make ends meet at the end of the month. Quail farming is a domestic activity and a source of development for the children and source of joy for parents. Eggs can be sold or eaten just like the quails themselves.

The total cost of the project is 2.500 euros for incubators, cages, and quail feeding.

Support the inhabitants of Sadad!



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.