Below is a message from our founder, Adam Walker Cleaveland. Whether or not you can give financially to support the work of Project Amal ou Salam, we invite you to join us in prayer for all of those children in Syria who are suffering.
If you are like me, you’ve probably been hearing the news about Aleppo, seeing the images, and grieving for all those innocent men and women and children who have lost their lives amidst the escalating violence. It’s tragic to imagine the lives of the children in Aleppo, and we’ve been trying to imagine how Illustrated Ministry might be able to make a difference in the lives of these children in Syria. It’s often difficult to know where to give or who to support, but as I’ve been talking with people and learning about various ministries and organizations working with children in Syria, I keep coming back to Project Amal ou Salam, and I want to invite you to join me in supporting their mission.
Project Amal ou Salam is working to empower the future of Syria – and their work is primarily with children in Syria (Deraa and Idlib) and in refugee camps in Jarash, Jordan and in Guvecci, Turkey. This is a description of their mission from their website:
Project Amal ou Salam, meaning Project Hope and Peace, is a grassroots organization dedicated to empowering Syria’s children to rebuild their country and work for peace. This is done through day camps with Syrian children, material donations (such as coloring books, games, and sports equipment), holiday events, and monetary support of schools both inside and out of Syria.
They have a passion for working with children in Syria, and as a business and ministry that focuses on children’s ministry and families, their mission is one that we’d like to support. This is another quote from their website:
Children are the future of Syria. They are the sole hope of reviving the country, and we believe it is important to empower them. It is important to inspire hope, to put smiles on their faces, and to remind them of what Syria once was and what it has the potential of becoming again. We want to give them the chance to be kids and not victims – to be more than “the lost generation.”
Watch this short video for an example of the type of work they are doing:
They are currently in the middle of a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo here. Their goal is $20,000, and we’d love it if the Illustrated Ministry community could help them toward that goal. So, here’s what we’d like you to do.
- Take a look at their fundraising campaign page on Indiegogo and decide what you can give.
- When you donate to their Indiegogo campaign, be sure to email us at email@example.com and let us know how much you donated. Or you could choose OTHER under Contribution Appearance and type your first and last name, followed by (ICM). That would help Project Amal ou Salam track gifts from the ICM community. For example, you could type in the OTHER box, Adam Walker Cleaveland (ICM).
- Be sure to share on Facebook and other social media sites about Project Amal ou Salam.
We are asking you to let us know how much you’ve all donated, because Illustrated Ministry is prepared to offer matching gifts, up to $2,500, to support the work of Project Amal ou Salam. We will contact Project Amal ou Salam on December 31, and see how many donations have come from the Illustrated Ministry community, and then we will write a matching check, up to $2,500, to support them for 2017.
Let’s see what this Illustrated Ministry community can do to help support the creative spirits and dreams of children in Syria.