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
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
Through your generous donations, we have been able to provide modest start-up funding for small businesses like Ashur’s copy shop business.
Not only can Ashur now provide for his family, but he is serving the Iraqi Christian community in Erbil by providing much-needed services to copy legal documents. There are large numbers of Christian trained professionals like Ashur who just need a hand-up to establish a livelihood in Erbil and on the Nineveh Plains. Read more | Watch video
After fleeing Daesh from their homes with only their lives, the clothes on their backs and what they could carry, many Christians ended up in IDP centers living through the severe northern Iraqi summers and winters in tents. In 2014 a group of 8 Assyrian Christian families were taken in by an Egyptian Coptic church in Sulaymaniyah, a city 2 hours south of Erbil, and enduring such conditions and severe poverty. SWIC helped build caravan housing for them. Read more | Watch video
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