Image Attribution: Anton Fric
A peaceful place to enjoy a good book can calm and inspire the reader.
Over 130 Christian families who have fled their homes in the Mosul region in northern Iraq have settled on the grounds of the Mar Elia Church in Erbil. At least 200 of the residents are school-age. Run by Father Douglas, a Chaldean Catholic priest, the “Center,” as he prefers to call the courtyard encampment, is a clean, orderly place. Father Douglas believes that shaping future leaders with a quality education is essential to promoting peace and to preserving Christianity in the region.
When Father Douglas asked TentED to fund a library in the annex of a new, prefab building at the Center, we welcomed the opportunity to provide a place for eager pupils to read and study. Within three days, TentED funds paid to stock library shelves with 600 books and provided furniture to create a welcoming, quiet space.