23.06.16 | News, Press Reports

800,000 Euro Earmarked for Work in the Middle East

EMS declares its continued solidarity with Syrian refugees in the coming years

The international Executive Board of the Evangelical Mission in Solidarity (EMS) passed a resolution to continue its commitment to Syria at its meeting in Hofgeismar on 6 to 11 June 2016. Syrians refugees in the Middle East may continue to expect support from the EMS Fellowship in the years 2017 to 2019.

The crucial factor was the report from the Lebanese Reverend Dr. Habib Badr, who supervises the joint Syrian projects for the EMS and the Evangelical Association for the Schneller Schools (EVS). He wrote that help was in the right place for the Evangelical preschool newly established in 2014 in the Syrian town of Kafroun, for the courses for Syrian refugee women in the Lebanese Bekaa valley and for the grants provided to Syrian children at the Johann Ludwig Schneller School (JLSS).

"The programme for single mothers in the Bekaa valley is a great success. Most of the mothers who attended the courses were then able to earn a living and provide for their children themselves. The courses were also a great learning success. The participants learnt to open themselves to experiences made by people of another faith. The courses are an excellent way to implement our overall programme for peace education in the region," he said, quoting Rev. George Haddad, Director of the JLSS in Lebanon.

"Over the next three years, we need about 800,000 Euro for our work in Syria and in Lebanon," said Rev. Jürgen Reichel, EMS General Secretary. "We appeal to everyone who wants to contribute to hope in the Middle East to make donations. As a result of the decision made by the Mission Council, we have committed ourselves to improving the living conditions of refugees on site and help them realise that a future is possible in the region. Now we are relying on the generosity of church parishes and individual donors."

Press contact: Regina Karasch-Böttcher, karasch-boettcher@ems-online.org, Tel. +49 711 636 78 85

Information: General Secretary Jürgen Reichel, reichel@dont-want-spam.ems-online.org, Tel. +49 711 636 78 21