Where the Money Goes
Stand With Iraqi Christians’ mission is founded on two essential Christian fundamentals: presence and listening.
We engage in conversation, 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.
- Sustainablility: 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.
- Flexiblity: Post-Daesh Iraq will continue to be an extremely fluid and unpredictable
- Donating funds to expand St. George’s elementary school in Baghdad
- Continuing supporting Etuti Institute’s extraordinary work in northern Iraq
- Providing funding for Christian-based start-up businesses
- Assisting families who wish to return to towns on the Nineveh Plains now that Daesh is defeated
Learn more about some of our ongoing conversations with our Iraqi friends: Epistles from Father Chris
Read about some of our past 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?”