ACERO’s Iraq Chapter, under the stewardship of Chapter President, His Grace Mar Abrs Yokhanna, has brought the joyous spirit of Christmas to 350 children by hosting a fantastic party for them and their families.

We are sincerely thankful to His Grace along with Rev Fr. Martin Niqola and their committees across Iraq who have been working tirelessly and dedicating their time to an ongoing education programme which has culminated in this historic party.

It gives us great pleasure to report that we were blessed with the presence of our beloved Patriarch, His Holiness Mar Gewargis III Sliwa. His Holiness commenced proceedings with a prayer and addressed the attendees expressing his pride at the great work of ACERO in helping thousands of families across the Middles East.

The festivities included singing, dancing and games for the children followed by a very welcome visit from Santa Claus! Each child was gifted with present and had their photo taken with him. A truly wonderful time was had by all.

We could not be prouder of the community spirit and the hard work that is taking place in our homeland as a result of the inspiring team work and community building by our clergy and men and women who give their time to these children in the name of a love for their nation and their Church. We are thankful to all our donors without whom none of this would be possible.