New Initiatives

Circumstances are continually changing in Iraq. Our Iraqi Christian friends continue to identify their new needs, now that Daesh (ISIS) has been pushed back.

The work is far from over! Please continue to donate!


St. George’s School in Baghdad

Where things stand: St. George’s Anglican Church is currently in construction on the new school building, slated for completion 2018. URGENT NEED: Funds needed to complete the new elementary school building, scheduled to open the school by Fall 2018. Donate now!

What we are doing: We provided financial support to complete construction of the first floor of the school. This new building will allow St. George’s to expand from their current nursery school to a full elementary school, serving students in kindergarten through sixth grade. This school will educate students Christian and Muslim students, both boys and girls. There is so much more to do, as you can see from the pictures below! Read more here

Take a video tour of the school construction with the Rev. Faiz Jerjes and Archdeacon Bill Schwarz.

Learn more about the Rev. Faiz Jerjes, priest of St. George’s Church in Baghdad. (link opens in new window)

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Construction of the new school building

Nineveh Plains

Where things stand: To date in 2018, SWIC has funded four non-potable water wells near Qaraqosh.

What we are doing: We continue to raise money for more wells ($1,600-2,000 per well), as there is a great need for water for basic needs like bathing, cleaning, machinery, and agriculture. There is currently a waiting list for areas needing these wells.

The wells built to date serve not only homes and businesses but also a local school. Read more here or watch a video of the project.


Small Business Redevelopment 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 or nonexistent. The Small Business Redevelopment Grants are intended to give back what ISIS took away. Each small business — from a copy shop, to chicken farms, to a grocery — that returns and rebuilds is a way to support not only the small business owners but the entire community that relies on goods or services to thrive.

In 2018, SWIC funded a small business owner to furnish and open a grocery store in Northern Iraq. The family had operated a store before it was destroyed by terrorists. Now that they can return home they needed funds to reconstruct the store and initially purchase inventory. The entire community benefits because there is not another store in close proximity. This project was coordinated with Etuti Institute.

What we are doing: SWIC is encouraging Christian organizations or groups in Northern Iraq to apply for these SWIC Small Business Redevelopment Grants. The funds provide one-time assistance to rebuild and serve a wider Christian and Muslim community.

Watch a video about the grocery store project, in partnership with Etuti.