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American Foundation For Relief And Reconciliation In The Middle East

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, International, International Development, International Relief, Religion, Religion-Related

Mission: American Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East seeks to facilitate reconciliation and promote mutual dignity and respect for all human beings; provide humanitarian relief and aid; pastoral support and care; education; advance human rights for women and children; and seeks an end to sectarian violence while fostering economic development to alleviate human suffering throughout the Middle East for persecuted and displaced Christian minorities and other religious minorities living as refugees.


Results: We are providing emergency relief (fresh food, clean water, and medical supplies and care) to nearly 25,000 Christians who now primarily live in camps for Internally Displaced Persons in northern Iraq and Kurdistan. We are providing support to over 1,000 displaced Iraqi Christian families in Jordan through much-needed, tangible relief, like food vouchers, rent assistance, as well as teaching English classes to those seeking visas to emigrate to English-speaking countries. We support an autism center for children in Kirkuk, Iraq which caters to the needs of 50 children. In partnership with the Syrian Orthodox Church, we support a kindergarten educating 130 displaced Christian children in Kurdistan. In addition, we provide scholarships for more than 40 internally displaced college-age students to attend a new Catholic university in Kurdistan. We have also constructed an all-girls school in one of the settlement camps in Kurdistan; and we recently began funding a program to teach work skills to women in northern Iraq, enabling them become economically self-sufficient. At St. Georges' Church in Baghdad we are helping 140 families. In addition, we fully fund a free health clinic which is open to people of all faiths that sees between 90-100 patients per day, we pay the salary of the minister of the church, we fund the free food program, we fund the Mother’s Union outreach program providing aid to the sick and the needy, and we pay the utilities and general bills for the church so that its programs can thrive.

Target demographics: children, women and men, and families who are seeking to rebuild their lives and restore hope after fleeing persecution, war and displacement

Direct beneficiaries per year: nearly 28,000 children, women and men

Geographic areas served: the Middle East countries of Iraq and Jordan

Programs: education, healthcare, training, humanitarian and emergency aid assistance

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have served as a volunteer for FRRME America over the last 3 years in addition to my own work of serving the needs of the Iraqi refugees in Madaba, Jordan. FRRME’s support helps provide the refugees with items such as food coupons, rent, and medical assistance. The needs of the Iraqi refugees are great and we need more support from places such as FRRME to help the people who have suffered so much. I am very happy to volunteer with FRRME-the work is very much appreciated and I hope this important work continues!

Um Rama (Sylvia)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FRRME America’s support has made me feel safe since it’s reminded us that there are kind people all over the world. My family and I would like to express our gratitude to FRRME for their help in supporting Iraqi refugee families living in Jordan. We are so thankful and appreciate all FRRME does to help improve our conditions and to give us hope for a better and safe future!!
Inaam Zaki

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

For the past 4 years, ever since my family and I were displaced when ISIS invaded Iraq in 2014, I have not received proper medical care. This was due to the fact that we were constantly on the move as well as the fact that my family didn’t have the money we needed to go to a medical doctor. I was lucky enough to be mainly ok compared to others who suffer so many physical problems. My mother and my sister both needed medical care and were unable to receive it for so long, so any money that we had went to try and get them doctors appointments and medicine, along with being able to move to Jordan.
Over the years I started getting really bad headaches. I didn’t want to complain because we had so many other problems to worry about. When we came to Jordan they increased and finally, we realized it was from my poor eyesight. I was given a pair of glasses from a friend with her prescription. They helped improve my eyesight, but they broke, and I’ve been wearing them taped together for the past year.
Because of FRRME America’s donation, I was able to finally go to an actual eye doctor and receive prescription glasses that actually are made for my eyes! I am so thankful. I never would have asked for this because there are so many other priorities, my mom and sisters health, rent, medicine, school payments, food, I never wanted to complain. But when Meg visited, she noticed that I needed this before I even did and it’s made such a difference! I can now concentrate at school and a lot of the pain I had from before is gone. I didn’t even realize that the other glasses weren’t working as they should until FRRME America stepped in to provide for this specific need. Thank you FRRME-America!

Haneen

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was made aware of FFRME's extraordinary work upon having met 2 of the Foundation's dedicated team members in Jerusalem in March of 2018. I heard personal stories of families who have fled persecution and lost family members. These refugees can sound like a statistic but they are not, they each have a name and a face. The needs are great. Not just for basic food and shelter which is provided by FFRME, but to build hope and help restore their physical, mental, spiritual and emotional needs. Please consider helping this organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is helping Iraqi Christians as they are living in Jordan as refugees, away from their original homes, unable to support themselves due to refugee laws, and having to wait for permission to immigrate elsewhere. I have personally heard story after story about specific families who this organization is helping as they experience extraordinary trauma. Please support this organization as they serve our brothers and sisters across the world.

1 Matthew H.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

FFRME America's work with refugees of all faiths, with refugee children and particularly Iraqi Christians living in exile in Jordan is extraordinary. St George's church in Baghdad, the keystone of FFRME's work with its hospital and free health clinic, is a rare symbol of peace and hope in the Middle East. It's vital that FFRME America continues its unique work!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As one of the founders of the American Foundation For Relief And Reconciliation In The Middle East (FRRME USA), I am proud of the work we are doing to assist displaced Christians in Iraq and Jordan. FRRME USA provides efficient, on-the-ground humanitarian assistance in the form of food, shelter, medical care and support with relocation. Our operations in Baghdad, Northern Iraq and Amman Jordan are helping thousands to recover from the shock and trauma of sectarian violence and to start a new life. We also support a medical and dental clinic in Baghdad that is open to all faiths and is a pillar of hope in that embattled city.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have long admired the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, of which I first became aware while I was working in Baghdad, when FRRME America was under the extraordinary leadership of the Reverend Canon Dr. Andrew White, founding chairperson of FRRME America.

Canon White and FRRME America were working so very effectively to meet the spiritual--and temporal needs of many in Iraq, regardless of spiritual orientation.

St. George's Church in Baghdad was home to the largest assemblage of Christians in Iraq and adjoined a medical and dental clinic, offering free healthcare to many, Iraqis, regardless of religious orientation.

More recently, FRRME America has focused on meeting basic living needs, including housing, nutritional assistance, and education for many refugees. FRRME America's contributions are, and have long been, essential for many.

The work of FRRME America has been exceptionally important for the promotion of peace and reconciliation in the Middle East.

FRRME America needs and deserves our prayerful and tangible support.

Please help!

Brian C. Murphy
Long-Time Admirer and Supporter of FRRME America

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I are supporters because we have seen the good it is doing to help the Christians in Iraq and Jordan.

2 Scott R.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a founding member of the American Foundation for Relief & Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME America) in 2009, it has been my extraordinary privilege to serve those who have been persecuted and marginalized by violence, poverty and war. With the rise of the so-called Islamic State, we went from being a small organization helping the needy primarily in Baghdad to a small but mighty organization with teams on the ground not only in Baghdad but in the north of Iraq and in Jordan, and our efforts currently reach Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees across the Middle East, providing emergency aid, food, clothing, rent assistance, education and jobs training. While the physical caliphate has been defeated, the need is as great or greater than ever as many IDPs and refugees literally have lost everything, with their former homes and businesses destroyed. Please consider a generous donation today! My name is Scott Rye. The current Chairman of FRRME America, I am pictured here in Jordan with FRRME Director of Operations in the Middle East, Dr. Sarah Ahmed.