Khabab is a small Christian village located in southern Syria.  Today only three thousand Christians live there, while before the war, there were over seven thousand.

The horrors of war remain as an indelible mark in the memories of all, every moment of daily life is bruised by the consequences of this terror. Khabab is located in the region of Daraa, which is the city of the revolution in February 2011.

On the walls of the church of Our Lady of the Assumption, the photos of the martyrs are displayed. Mariam* is 15 and it is with a look filled with pride that she shows us the picture of her father. He died, killed in an Islamist attack while he was defending the village. Despite the radiant face of the girl, the emotion remains intense and her pride and pain is deep.

Today, it has only been six months since the region has been released and tensions are easing.

Athar, resident of Khabab and volunteer.

The reconstruction of the largest Christian village in the diocese of Horan and Mount Arab can only be done with the young people who stayed and believed in their country.

That is why we need the volunteers of SOS Chrétiens d’Orient, so that together, we can give a fresh start to Khabab after all these years of war.

This poor population must now face a real internal bleeding: its youth, this vital force for the village wants to leave today...They do not feel attached to the country or the village because the war, the violence and the crimes have ravaged their dreams of childhood. The love for the land of their ancestors is not as strong as their desire to flee and to seek adventure elsewhere...

That is why Father Mera’aie has created a project so that the youth will feel personally linked to Syria.

Thus, it is in this context that the volunteers of SOS Chrétiens d’ Orient spend several days a week in Khabab.

"Every time, we are warmly welcomed by the families of the village: despite the poor circumstances in which they live, they are extremely generous and attentive to provide for everything we need.

With Syrian volunteers from the village, we organize activities to bring the community together such as sports tournaments and animations. We also have a project to renovate the school in which everyone can participate. By working for the village, building the future, these young people will find their roots and learn to discover their origins...”

Christmas is coming and the village scouts are rehearsing their concert. Drums, trumpets and trombones launch their symphonies of traditional Christmas carols in the air: " He Was Born the Divine Child ", " O Holy Night ", " Angels We Have Heard on High "... the volunteers of SOS Chrétiens d’Orient help to the construction of the giant nursery and Christmas tree. Although no one has forgotten the recent atrocities, everyone prepares with joy for the birth of the One who came to bring salvation... the little flame hope is there, together we work to help strengthen its spark.

We also have activities for families with our project "Iman w Mour" (" Faith and light "), a celebration of life which brings together all disabled people in the village. These activities allow them to flourish despite the pressures of the conflict through which they have lived. With craft activities, dancing and singing, we celebrating the 25 years of the association, we use the time well!!!

Moving on the path of hope despite the hardships, raising a devastated youth to revive an upset village, this is the objective of Father Mera’aie. We use all our energy to help him!!!

And in turn, you can help us. Please help us maintain our activities in Khabab, to restore childhood dreams to those who lost hope in them during the war, to build the future prospects of the young people of this village and to continue the work of "Iman w Nour". Give to this village a new alternative  -  a hope for their future by awakening its conscience and its heart to life: please donate now!

* the name has been changed.



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.