Help Eastern Christians
L'Œuvre d'Orient has recently decided to grow its network out of France, and first in UK, through the establishment of a British based charity, Help Eastern Christians (registration in progress). Like its mother charity, Help Eastern Christians (HEC) supports Christians and, more generally, people in distress in eastern countries and the Middle East.
L’Œuvre d’Orient / HELP EASTERN CHRISTIANS
160 years devoted to serving christians in eastern countries
Although our concern is the plight of Christian communities suffering from persecution, we also endeavour to help all those who are suffering, regardless of their faith or ethnic origin.
L’Œuvre d’Orient is a French charity supporting eastern Christians for 160 years.
Located in Paris and placed under the patronage of the Archbishop of Paris, L’Oeuvre d’Orient is managed by Mgr. Pascal Gollnisch and chaired by Vice-Admiral Pierre Sabatié-Garat.
The Charity backs 60 religious congregations and supports 400 educational establishments in 23 countries. In 2015, thanks to the generosity of its donors, it funded 1 480 projects throughout Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Egypt, but also Ethiopia, India, Ukraine amongst many other countries.
> Renowned for its rigour and efficency
88% of donation are spent in aid. Financial results are published yearly.
Who are the Eastern Christians ?
Many of the 23 Eastern Catholic Churches -- Maronite, Chaldean, Armenian, Coptic, Greek-Melkite, Greek-Catholic, Syriac, Syro-Malabar …- trace their roots back to apostolic times. Today, they account for 26 millions believers, around half of whom live in the Middle East. In the face of extreme violence and discrimination, with many people being forced to leave their homes, Christian communities accross the region are in danger.
70 000 donors for 26 million believers in 23 eastern countries
HELP EASTERN CHRISTIANS : A NEW BRITISH CHARITY
L’Œuvre d’Orient has recently decided to grow its network out of France, and first in UK, through the establishment of a British based charity, Help Eastern Christians (registration in progress).
Like its mother charity, Help Eastern Christians (HEC) supports Christians and, more generally, people in distress in eastern countries and the Middle East.
LONG-TERM COMMITMENTS & EMERGENCY AID
Help Eastern Christians is committed to :
> helping maintain a Christian presence in the Middle East by providing aid to those fleeing war and persecution
> providing emergency aid for displaced children and families in areas devastated by war or natural disasters
> providing assistance to local churches and institutions established in the cradle of Christianity and helping them preserve and safeguard their communities
> supporting short term projects made in response to urgent situations
OUR 4 MAIN MISSIONS :
Humanitarian aid, Education, Medical care, Pastoral care.
Enable the Christian communities to maintain their presence and bear witness of their faith
HOW DOES THE CHARITY OPERATE ?
> The charity raises funds in the UK to support project proposed by the local institutions and agreed by l’Oeuvre d’Orient (such as (e.g.) a hospital in Syria, school buses in Iraq, an orphanage in Egypt…).
> Proceeds are sent directly to agreed local institutions to manage the actions developped by local Christians communities or institutions
> l’Oeuvre d’Orient ensures and controls that all funds transferred are properly used for the dedicated project.
> A rigorous financial management
> Just as L’Oeuvre d’Orient, Help Eastern Christians is committed to the greatest transparency and financial rigour.
Some of the 1480 projects funded in 2015 :
> St LOUIS HOSPITAL (Filles de la Charité) – Damascus (SYRIA): £ 9 600 to feed displaced people and £ 17 500 to buy medical equipment.
> ST JOSEPH SYRIAC PARISH – Suleymanieh (IRAQ): £ 35 400 to provide transport for refugees looking for employment or attending schools.
> HOLY SAVIOUR PARISH – Bocho (ETIOPIA): £ 8 300 to help provide water to the village.
HELP EASTERN CHRISTIANS : HOW TO HELP ?
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For further information, news and donations on line, visit our French website :
The registration of the UK Charity is currently in progress