Between 21 March and 15 June 2014, the region of Kessab fell into the hands of jihadists of the al-Nusra front. About 5.000 inhabitants, mostly Armenians, fled and took refuge in the town of Latakia, leaving their property and their homes behind whilst terrorists plundered their businesses and their farms.

When they return, there's nothing left, their economy all but completely destroyed. Apart from losses in material goods, the damage is also felt in the long term especially amongst the agricultural plantations, which have been deprived of attention for almost three months and which have lost their luster.

As the crops fail, the inhabitants of the village find themselves in a bad situation, even though the balance sheet is improving as a result of the last harvest.

Garo, resident of Kessab

We all had one idea in mind, to come back to Kessab. You can't imagine our joy when we learned of the liberation of our village and despite the destruction, the looting and the difficulties we now face, we have to resume our work. Thank you very much for your donation, thanks to you, the village can recover from war.


SOS Chrétiens d’Orient want to help the inhabitants of Kessab to come home and to stay in their village

On 25 October 2017, several volunteers in Syria moved from Damascus to Kessab where there are over 400 rototiller and 4 cultivators to the village of Kessab, which lies on the Turkish border and where apple cultivation is very important. The equipment will help farmers to rehabilitate their land which has been invaded by vegetation due to months of neglect during the of their village by jihadists.

Life has slowly resumed, and the inhabitants are grateful to those who have released the village: "we want need your government’s support terribly, but we want you to know that your visit and your presence at our side is an immense comfort. We feel stronger when we know each other."

Participate in the rehabilitation of the Armenian village of Kessab! With 30 euros, finance the purchase of a shears!



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.