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 aide, the right of Christians and their communities in Iraq to survive and thrive.

What We Do

[Image description: photo collage, images of St. George's School in Baghdad.]$5,000 Matching Gift Challenge

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Donations will help Iraqi Christians resettle now that Daesh (ISIS) is being pushed back. As part of this initiative, we are partnering with St. Georges Anglican Church in Baghdad. Read more

[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

Etuti Youth Programs

Etuti Institute is one of SWIC’s primary partners in Erbil. We support the extraordinary work Etuti is doing with the 4,000+ children, toddlers through age 18, who have been living in IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) centers throughout Erbil since the invasion of Daesh in 2014. 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 a program to provide travel expenses, and funds for home repair, and small business start-ups. 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.