UNDER THE BORROWED ROOF IN DAMASCUS
The sisters of Jesus and Mary have been in Syria since 1983 at the request of the Melkite Greek Catholic Bishop and since then have been working in Damascus and Aleppo. Sr. Annie Demerjian, a member of the congregation was one of our constant project partners in Aleppo during the war. The sisters have always lived in properties belonging to the Melkite Church but now they need to have a house in Damascus that would enable them to continue their mission.
Commissioned by the Greek Melkite Catholic Patriarchate they run the university residence and also to develop other activities to meet growing needs of the Christian community. The most urgent is to have a small boarding residence for young Christian girls coming from different cities in Syria to study in Damascus. They need to have a safe place in the Christian quarter, so that their mothers can be calm about their security during their studies. Another necessity is to have a nursery for young children to enable their mothers to work. Sisters’ nursery is all the more urgent, because husbands and fathers have gone abroad. Considering the fact that Christians, who migrated, have started to sell their property in the old city district and is important that this remain in Christian hands. The prices of real estate are going high because many people ere looking for some place to stay, as their own houses were damaged or destroyed. The sisters have found a house in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Damascus. As prices are continuously rising, they borrowed the money and they have already bought it,. The sisters have already done so much good work in Syria but they still have a lot more to do and their permanent presence is essential for the Christian population in the city.