FRRME provides emergency relief to Christians and other persecuted minorities in Northern Iraq, as well thousands of Iraqi refugees who have fled to Jordan to escape the sectarian violence. In addition to spiritual support we provide food, medicine and shelter. We work with partners on the ground, including churches, NGOs and the UN, to ensure that aid reaches the most vulnerable.
In Jordan we are looking after 500 Iraqi refugee families. Currently, the Jordanian government does not permit refugees to work so we provide them with shelter, food (via a weekly voucher scheme), and free health care (including prescriptions). We have also set up a school in Marka, a suburb of Amman, which has 175 pupils.
Our reconciliation work is focused on the peace process in Israel / Palestine. As well as supporting grassroots organisations, we run an annual summer school – The Jerusalem International School for Reconciliation (JISR) – which introduces a new generation to the power and methods of reconciliation. Former speakers at JISR include former Israeli Ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub, and Sheikh Imad Falouji, former-founding member of Hamas.
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Statement from the FRRME Board of Trustees regarding Canon Andrew White's resignation
It is with reluctance that the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME) has accepted the resignation of president and trustee, the Reverend Canon Andrew White.
Canon White tendered his resignation due to his state of health and inability to continue his duties.
Both FRRME and the American Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME America) are committed to carrying out the humanitarian assistance and reconciliation efforts underway in the region. Together, FRRME and FRRME America fund and oversee a free medical and dental clinic in Baghdad, relief efforts in Iraqi Kurdistan providing food, shelter, healthcare and education to thousands of displaced persons, and relief efforts in Jordan and elsewhere in the Middle East, providing food and clothing vouchers, rent assistance, healthcare and education. FRRME and FRRME America fund a school for Iraqi refugees in Jordan and a Kindergarten in Kurdistan. FRRME America has partnered with Catholic University Erbil to provide university education to displaced persons.
FRRME Chairman David Harland said, “Canon Andrew White has been a towering figure in the Middle East for nearly 20 years, and we are indebted to his extraordinary vision, courage and hard work on behalf of the persecuted and downtrodden. We wish him the very best.”
FRRME America Chairman Scott Rye said, “The work of FRRME and FRRME America has grown exponentially in the last two years since the rise of the so-called Islamic State. The need is greater than ever. Thanks to Canon White’s early work in the region, the foundations were in place to provide much-needed assistance.”
With the continued support of donors and friends, FRRME and FRRME America will continue to provide life-saving assistance, healthcare and education to those who have been marginalized by war and poverty.
The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East is a UK-registered charity founded in 2005. The American Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East was formed as a 501(c)(3) corporation in 2009.