Serving Assyrians/Chaldeans/Syriacs Around the World Since 1991

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The Assyrian Aid Society of America is a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to:

• helping Assyrians in need

• promoting Assyrian culture and heritage

• building a structure capable of responding to unexpected crises that require immediate  mobilization to help our people

• focusing American and international attention on the needs and humanitarian concerns of our Assyrian people, particularly in our ancestral homeland of Bet Nahrain

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A Heartfelt Report

from the Homeland

by Dr. Chris Seiple,

President, Institute for Global Engagement

To read Dr. Seiple’s report, click here.

12 January 2015 - The unfortunate events following the ISIS invasion of Mosul, Iraq in June 2014 have steadily crippled the war torn country and resulted in humanitarian crises that have caused hundreds-of-thousands of families to be internally displaced, fleeing their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs. What the future holds for the internally displaced people (IDPs) is uncertain but somehow it is still inspiring to those who want to extend a helping hand.

Johnnie Moore, Vice President for Faith Content - LightWorkers Media, gifted the Assyrian Aid Society of America (AAS-A) a $150,000 grant on behalf of The Cradle Fund at its annual Taste of the Mediterranean Fundraising Dinner in San Francisco, CA held on December 6, 2014 where he was featured as the keynote speaker. Mr. Moore gave a prominent speech about his 2014 trip to northern Iraq and his findings about the desperate emergency plea, the atrocities that Christians face, and their plight in their indigenous homeland.

“The Cradle Fund,” which has been initiated to help the internally displaced Christians and

other ethno-religious people who have been affected by ISIS, is being administered by the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE). Dr. Chris Seiple, IGE President, who visited Iraq with Mr. Moore in October 2014, returned to northern Iraq in mid-December 2014. In collaboration with the AAS-A and its sister organization, the Assyrian Aid Society of Iraq (AAS-I), Dr. Seiple attended meetings organized with local Assyrian organizations such as the Assyrian Women’s Union and the ChaldoAssyrian Student and Youth Union. Dr. Seiple carried out a daily blog about the humanitarian work being done in Iraq and his evaluation of the war-weary struggles that IDPs face on a daily basis especially amidst the harsh, winter weather conditions.

On December 14, 2014, Dr. Seiple, along with AAS-I president, Mr. Ashur Eskrya, distributed food packages and kerosene oil for heaters to two-hundred internally displaced families in Erbil, Iraq and describes the experience in his blog as being “In an abandoned building across from St. Joseph's Church, where many IDP families who fled ISIS live: flooding saturates the basement, while the roof leaks...very cold as kerosene heaters are not allowed due to flammable walls, while electric heaters constantly short an electric system not designed for refugee families...” The distribution also included aid to two-hundred-fifty families on December 15, 2014 at the Assyrian Cultural Center, Chaldean Center for Culture and Art, Sennacherib Sports Club and the AAS-I school dormitories in Nuhadra (Duhok).

Founded in 1991, the Assyrian Aid Society of America is a charitable 501(c)(3) non profit organization dedicated to assisting needy Assyrians in northern Iraq and around the world. Since the ISIS invasion of Mosul of June 2014, sister organizations AAS-A and AAS-I, with the help of esteemed supporters, friends and partners, have helped over 21,000 IDPs, distributed 17,233 food baskets, 5,107 blankets, 2,182 mattresses, 2,342 pillows, 14,942 pairs of clothing, 7,800 children gifts, over 300 carpets, 1,218 oil heaters, 6,012 medicines and 1,250 kerosenes totaling $1,000,000 in financial aid for the IDP relief fund. With partners like IGE and The Cradle Fund, AAS-A has provided humanitarian aid to those who are facing unbearable living conditions in their shattered homeland.

Click here and here to watch video footage from Dr. Seiple’s visit to Iraq and humanitarian aid operation.

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Dr. Chris Seiple (on the right) distributing food to internally displaced families in Nuhadra (Dohuk), Iraq on December 15, 2014.