Thank you to everyone who donated to the $5,000 Matching Gift Challenge! We met our goal ahead of schedule, and your donations are funding water wells and supporting entrepreneurs.
But the work is not over! Please continue to donate!
Where things stand: Locating and making introductions with a local Iraqi coordinator, with a group of Christian families who have returned to Qaraqosh, or Karmalesh, depending on which location is more feasible.
What we are doing: A preliminary budget would include:
Preparation, equipment and labor for digging a well: $1,200-2,000 per well
Project coordinator: TBD depending on scope for a specific water well
St. George’s, Baghdad
Where things stand: St. George’s Anglican Church is currently in construction on the new school building, slated for completion 2018.
What we are doing: The priest at St. George’s has provided the budget to furnish the school with computers, desks, chairs and other furnishings. SWIC has already committed to provide bulletin board and iPads, but there is so much more to do as you can see from the pictures below!
New Business Grants
Where things stand: As Iraqis return to Qaraqosh and other areas in Northern Iraq, they are facing destruction. Homes and businesses are seriously damaged. There are not grocery stores or basic business services in many areas, so the people are having to rebuild from scratch.
What we are doing: SWIC is encouraging Christian organizations in Northern Iraq to apply for SWIC small business grants. This would provide the one-time assistance to rebuild and serve a wider Christian and Muslim community.