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December Update

Helping Syrian Refugees

As we look forward to Christmas, we should take time to remember that some of our fellow Christians in Syria are facing renewed waves of persecution.

Thousands of Kurdish families from historically Christian towns have fled from their homes along the Turkish border in northern Syria, where they were caught in the crossfire between military forces and ISIS terrorists.

Many of these families are coming to a refugee camp in northern Iraq. Others are still in Syria and need warm tents to survive the coming winter season. Just a few weeks ago, we flew our DC-8 cargo jet to Iraq with more than 20,000kg of emergency supplies, including coats, gloves, boots, blankets and tarps. Our teams in Iraq are providing daily necessities like food, water, and sanitation.

On the same day our airlift arrived in Iraq, ISIS terrorists claimed responsibility for two car bombs in Syria that killed nine Christians and wounded 70 more. In the refugee camp, our teams met a man named Bazi who had been captured by ISIS and held for 16 days, where he witnessed horrific torture. At the camp, he was so thankful to be reunited with his wife and boys, 11 and 10. He said they had grown up in a war zone, and he just wanted to give them a better future. “We just want them to have fun and go to school and have a life,” he said.

Samaritan’s Purse has been working in this part of the Middle East for decades to help displaced families, especially those who have been persecuted because of their faith in Christ.

This Christmas, please remember to pray for people around the world who need our help. As the angels sang the night Jesus was born, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14). On behalf of all of us at Samaritan’s Purse, thank you for faithful prayers and generous support this year. May God richly bless you.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Franklin Graham

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Three Schools, One Vision

In 2012, Schools For Kids (SFK) started in the Banteay Meanchey Province to improve the welfare of the poor villages in the province. Since 2007, 26 schools have been constructed with the help of Samaritan’s Purse. In 2019, an additional three school buildings were constructed and opened on 30 November, 3 December and 4 December 2019.

All three schools, Kcheay Middle School in the Malai District, and Prasat and Sramoach Primary Schools in the Reah Netr Preach District, are located among the poorest, most under-resourced communities. The schools had wooden facilities which had fallen into disrepair and were subject to flooding in the rainy season. The local school authorities and district and provincial offices of education requested assistance from Samaritan’s Purse in constructing new school buildings.

In 2020 Samaritan’s Purse hopes to build three schools to benefit the children in the Banteay Meanchey Province. This will include Kaun Khleng Primary School, Changva Touk Primary School and Trapaing Pheas Primary School.

Each school will include the installation of desks for students and bookshelves. As a result of the improved facilities, Samaritan’s Purse expects to see a direct positive impact on school enrollment. Previous experience by Samaritan’s Purse has shown that new school construction can boost enrollment by as much as 10-30%. Despite high migration rates, poverty and distance to the nearest secondary schools it is hoped that more young people will continue their education beyond primary.

After the building and opening of these schools, Samaritan’s Purse plans to continue within the community of the schools through We Can Read and Write, WASH, Water For Families and Livelihood projects, benefitting the schools with quality education, safe water and improvement in knowledge on proper sanitation and hygiene practices to improve health in Jesus’ Name.

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