New Initiatives

St. Georges BaghdadSt. George’s Baghdad Emergency Fund-raiser for Food

One of SWIC’s great strengths is the ability to quickly maneuver to respond to a new need. Thanks to our many generous donors, because SWIC can now send $3,100 for food to our friends at St. George’s. We can make an ongoing positive difference! Our Iraqi neighbors express their appreciation.

The first six chicken farms are up and running! Watch the message of thanks from the farmers to the SWIC donors.

Two new chicken farm reconstructions are on the horizon for May and June.

Circumstances are continually changing in Iraq and this is a story of relationship building and hope. Our support is needed more than ever to collaborate with the Iraqi people as they rebuild their lives. Dozens of farmers are still waiting for funding so this work is not done. We are off to a terrific start!

Please continue to donate!

Give the Gift of Chickens

Where things stand: Our work is just getting started! SWIC encourages you to give the gift of chickens and help restore at least part of what Da’esh (ISIS) took away. Visit our Donate Page to learn more about how you can be part of rebuilding the chicken industry one small bird at a time. Make a world of difference—for as little as $5. Click Here to Print a SWIC “Chicken Gift Card”

St. George’s School in Baghdad

Where things stand: St. George’s Anglican Church is finishing construction on the new school building. It opened in the fall 2018 and continues to finish both the building and the supplies for a highly rated preschool through grade 6.

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! Thanks to all the donors and granting organizations that helped raise funds to continue supporting the school.

Watch the video where Fr. Chris shares his experience at St. George’s in Baghdad

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 sewing machines for seamstresses,  to tools for a handyman, to a family-run 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 2019 our efforts are focused on a Chicken Farm Initiative that supports a number of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is through a variety of collaborations that SWIC is able to leverage funding for maximum impact.

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.