Where the Money Goes
Stand With Iraqi Christians’ mission is founded on two essential Christian fundamentals: presence and listening.
We show up, and we listen deeply to the needs, aspirations and dreams of our friends in Christ in Iraq.
So our funding philosophy is based upon 3 essential criteria:
- Listening: We ask our partners and those we serve what their needs are and we respond accordingly.
- Sustainable: SWIC is dedicated to providing funding for long-term projects and programs that will contribute to supporting Christian individuals’ and communities’ capacity to survive, thrive, and grow into the future.
- Flexible: Post-Daesh Iraq will continue to be an extremely fluid and unpredictable
To date SWIC has raised over $40,000 toward assisting our friends and partners in Iraq. We are currently organizing another Mission trip in October 2017 with a goal of $50,000, with the following objectives:
- Continue supporting Etuti Institutes extraordinary work with children in IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps in Erbil
- Provide funding for Christian-based start up businesses
- Assisting families who wish to return to towns in and around Mosul as the offensive to drive Daesh from Mosul progresses
Read about some of our projects
- Etuti Youth Programs: Arts & Athletics
- Ashur’s Copy Shop Business
- Building Caravan Housing in Sulaymaniyah
As of November 2016, Stand With Iraqi Christians has raised and distributed a total of $32,930 for our friends and partners in Erbil. The breakdown for these contributions is:
Mission Trip #2, October 2–October 14, 2016
- built caravan housing for 8 families in Sulaymaniyah*
- helped Etuti Institute fund youth Arts and Friendship programs* (also includes an emergency donation for winter coats to a traumatized group of Christians in Syria whom Etuti is helping, recently freed from a one year imprisonment by Daesh)
- helped Ashur, a Christian forced from Baghdad in 2015, to start a new copy shop business*
- helped Fr. Faiz Jerjees, Rector of St. George’s in Baghdad, provide winter clothes to children in their nursery school
Mission Trip #1, September 20–October 2, 2015:
- purchased 25 Samsung tablets for the teachers at Mar Elia*
- purchased a special embroidery sewing machine for the budding sewing business at Mar Elia*
- provided food bundles for 80 families in Banasour*
- gave cash assistance for 5 families in the Armenian Orthodox church*
- made a special Christmas donated to Mar Elia for women’s long underwear
*Each of these distributions can be seen in our 2016 documentary film, “Where Is Our Place?”