The Ponifical Charity – Aid to Church in Need(ACN) that reaches out to help wherever Christians need help, is currently extending financial support to help university students in Syria to continue their courses.
Under the guidance of the Holy Father, Aid to the Church in Need provides pastoral and humanitarian assistance to the persecuted Church around the world. For more than 67 years, it have reached out to the suffering, the distressed and the poorest of the poor in over 145 countries. Each year, ACN fulfill more than 5,000 projects through its spiritual and material aid programs aimed at helping to strengthen the Church and keep the Faith alive.
The civil war in Syria have left many families in dire misery and barely have enough to eat or pay the house rents, let alone continue their education.
In the last 8 years since the start of the conflict, Aid to Church in Need pumped more than €3.5 million to help schools and universities in Syria. These funds are invaluable for Catholic students.
“Zenith” news agency quoted several Syrian students who are very grateful fur this help.
One of them, Pascal Napki said: “We know now that we are not alone. This gives us the motivation to complete our studies and at the same time to help those who are most in need here in Homs.”
Another student stressed how education was helping Christians in a region devastated by war. He said: “There has been a great deal of suffering in Homs, and many families have lost everything in the war. Being able to continue with my studies is what has helped me to remain hopeful and stay happy through these years.“Now I want to be able to deepen my knowledge and help other people here in my country.”
Wissam Salloum, 21, a software engineering student, said: “I’m in my fourth year. Hopefully next year I will graduate, but I would like to continue my studies in order to avoid being sent to war.”
In Syria, military conscription can take man of 18 and over for an open ended period except if they are alone in the family or if they are university students.
Christians who have returned to their homes in the historic Christian city of Homs, Syria, expressed their thanks to donors and supporters of Aid to the Church in Need because thanks to their generosity, these families can celebrate the birth of Jesus this Christmas in an atmosphere of hope after years of war, displacement, fear and terror and their children could continue with their education.