Sadad, is a Christian village in the west of Syria and a little town which experienced deadly clashes between 2013 and 2016. The occupation of the town and two terrorist attacks there has left an indelible mark on the memories of the inhabitants, who are physically exhausted and psychologically traumatized by war.

Today, the employment rate is very low and the village’s economic life has been severely affected. Sitting in front of their little stalls, men of all ages seem idle. Sadad fought against the invasion of jihadist terrorists and the destructive conflict they have lived through has not spared their houses and their churches.

Yet Sadad has always been a summer gathering place for all the inhabitants of Homs, Damascus and surrounding cities, a place where families who have moved to the city, return to, to visit their roots, their families in the countryside.

Calixte, manager of SOS Chrétiens d’Orient in Sadad

The war has passed, life resumes its course and Sadad is bouncing back gradually, and we are thinking of rebuilding on the ruins, we look towards a sweeter future. However, many people have left Sadad to settle in the city. We had the idea of creating this cafeteria to allow the village to regain its attractiveness and to lift the spirits of the people. Located near the center of Sadad, the cafe is very accessible and offers affordable prices. It is a renaissance symbol for the whole village. The project has a doubly positive impact as the opening of this trade benefits a large number of inhabitants and is also a source of job creation.”

Just a few minutes’ walk from the village square, and for the second year running, chairs and colorful tables decorate the village park, providing outdoor furniture for the locals to sit an enjoy, which has been partly financed by SOS Chrétiens d’Orient. Summer is coming and the small team that run the cafeteria is waiting the arrival of the first customers, so they can sell their drinks. Everyone gathers in this space to chat and to spend a pleasant time relaxing together. The fountain, in the centre of the garden, splashes thousands of refreshing droplets onto the tables and chairs nearby and the sun umbrellas offer some shade during these balmy summer days in Sadad. Among the Syrians, the volunteers, are perfectly integrated into the life of the village, where they greet and stop, take a break and chat neighbourly.


This economic recovery project has been achieved through your donations.



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.