There have been Christians in Iraq since the time of Jesus. They are the only Christians on earth who still speak Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke. Today they are imperiled. Since 2003, their numbers have decreased from 1.5 million to under 300,000. Their homes and churches have been destroyed. We must help them.

Our mission is to support, through friendship and material aid, the right of Christians and their communities in Iraq to survive and thrive.

What We Do

[Image description: a young boy stands behind a video camera on a tripod. The boy is looking at the view screen on the video camera and holding the handle on the tripod that moves the camera.]Video Stories

Images speak louder than words. Watch video stories both of recent events in Iraq, and also stories of hope. Fr. Chris Bishop is not only a priest, but formerly was a professional video producer. His videos capture the faces of our Iraqi Christian partners as they begin rebuild their lives after years of devastating persecution due to Daesh. See video stories

[Image description: photo of a music class held in a hallway. There are brightly-colored metal lockers to the left, large windows to the right. The students stand at their chairs, placed in rows; they have their backs to the camera and are watching the three adults at the end of the hallway, leading the class. One of the adults has a keyboard in front of him.]Children & Youth Programs

SWIC has partnered with St. George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad to help them expand their kindergarten program into a full elementary school for students from age six (kindergarten) through twelve (sixth grade). The expanded school is scheduled to open in Fall 2018. Read more

[Image description: a bombed out building in Qaraqosh. There is rubble on the ground, the facade of second floor of the building has been completely destroyed.]Helping Christians Go Home After Daesh

Some Christians in Erbil and other Kurdish cities want to stay, others want to return to their homes in Qaraqosh and Mosul as soon as they are safe. SWIC is starting programs to fund wells and small business start-ups. Partners like Etuti and St. George’s are helping us determine where there is the most need. This is a crucial mission to help rebuild and preserve Christian communities in their ancestral and historic homeland. Read more

Click here to read more about our projects and where the money goes.