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June 25, 2016 (La Mesa)—Hope for Iraqi Christians, a La Mesa based organization that assists Iraqi Christian refugees fleeing genocide in the Middle East, has received a pledge from the  Anahid Oram Memorial Refugee Fund to match $10,000 in monthly donations, sponsoring 100 families per month, but only if they can secure sponsors for at least 100 families by July 4. If that goal is met, the matching funds will mean that 200 families will be helped.

You can sponsor a family for as little as  $1 a day. Each donor will receive information on the family adopted.  Smaller donations will be pooled to help reach the total. Or consider adopting multiple families.

Thousands of families need help, many living in small, crowded makeshift tents.  You can donate online through PayPal even if you don’t have a PayPal account at www.HopeforIraqiChristians.org . St. Peter Chaldean Diocese/Hope for Iraqi Christians (3755 Avocado Blvd. #189, La Mesa, CA 91941).

Any new donors from now till July 4th will be counted to reach the goal.

Hope for Iraqi Christians provided the followin information on the compelling need for help now:

In February and April of this year, both the European Parliament and the United States officially recognized this tragedy to the Christian and other minorities as a genocide. The little assistance the refugees receive from the central government has decreased over this past year due to a 85% reduction in oil revenue. And the world is largely silent, consequently, the refugees are relying increasingly on donations like yours to survive.

Hope For Iraqi Christians (St Peter’s Chaldean Diocese in San Diego) in conjunction with Adopt a Refugee/Help Iraq (St Thomas Chaldean Diocese in Michigan) has been assisting families in need for the past 9 years. The organizations have helped over 1,500 families in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. These past few years, however, have become a fight for survival for the thousands of displaced Christians in Iraq as well as throughout the Middle East. They escaped with only the clothes on their backs with nowhere to turn.

 It is a humbling experience to ask for help but where there is a need, there are those who are called to help. This would not have been possible without the generosity of the monthly sponsors who continuously donate $100 per month, or $1/day for each adoptive family. In many of these countries, the refugees are NOT allowed to work so this money provides much needed assistance such as food, shelter, and/or medicine. It allows the first Christians, and the native people of the Middle East, to help provide for their families with dignity and respect!

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