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April 15, 2019

In our last post we explored the physical rebuilding that is taking place after the ravages of ISIS. But the physical rebuilding is only one part of the process. There is real concern amongst the church about the psychological impact of the ISIS emergency on the commun...

April 14, 2019

One of the privileges of staying overnight in Al Qosh, thanks to the hospitality of the amazing Fr Aram, the parish priest of Batnaya, was seeing how much rebuilding has happened after ISIS. The church is taking the lead in organising the redevelopment not only of the...

April 13, 2019

There is evidence for a school attached to the church of Mar Michel since the sixth century; one of the oldest known Christian schools in the world. However, it has of late fallen out of use and been replaced by three state schools around the town. However, thanks to t...

April 12, 2019

Mar Qardakh is a new school we have been asked to engage with. We met the Headmistress in October, but this time we are here with a purpose - to prepare for the Professional Development Summer School that we will be running in July for the MQS teachers. MQS is the dioc...

April 11, 2019

Last time we visited Sister Samar's school was newly opened. Now, with new uniforms and plans for expansion, it is easy to see the work of Sister Samar and the staff at her school. She and I had a long chat about the challenges they face, not least funding, as well as...

April 10, 2019

Long in the planning we have arrived in Erbil for a four day visit. We have lots to pack in - including an overnight stay out in Alqosh and Tel Skof. We will be visiing the schools we are supporting, and meeting with those still working on delivering mental heath traum...

February 5, 2019

Last October we had the great fortune to meet with Archbishop Warda (second right in the picture).

This is a man with real ambition and vision for his people in this world, not just the next. In our conversation we explored how he wants to put education at the heart of...

January 31, 2019

A great New Year present! 

Last October we gave money to Sister Samar's Al Bashara school in Ankawa. Today we have news that the final improvement, the new computer lab, has been completed. 

We also note from this picture we have been sent by Sister Samar that the kids a...

November 12, 2018

We want to wish Helen Brown a very warm welcome to our Board of Trusteed! And thank her for stepping up to help with her expertise. 

Helen is a teacher at Shrewsbury School, and I have had the pleasure of knowing her since our days teaching together at Ampleforth Colleg...

October 31, 2018

What a great visit!

Thank you to everyone who made our recent visit to Ankawa such a success. 

Without doubt, the visit to Al Bashara school was the highlight, and we are delighted to have been able to give an $8000 donation to support the establishment of a new school!...

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