St. George Church of Taybeh, Palestine.
Greetings from the Holy Land of our Savior. We are asking
your support for a vital housing project aimed at helping
Palestinian Christians keep their roots and presence
in the land of Christ’s Holy Resurrection. As
mentioned in a Washington Post article dated March 17,
2000, "long-term trends have contributed to Christians'
extraordinary exodus from the land of their forefathers.
Arab Christians make up no more than 2% of Israel and
the West Bank." Many problems resulting from the
political instability in the Middle East have contributed
to this exodus: the Israeli occupation, severe roadblocks,
curfews, the apartheid "security" wall, inferior
housing and education, and lack of jobs. The last eleven
years have seen horrific destruction, violence and daily
suffering. We seek your help in reversing this trend
by addressing one of these basic needs, housing for
needy families in the village of Taybeh.
You can help by participating in the "Holy Land
Housing Campaign." Adopting more than one of the
following options will build housing sooner.
The $1 Campaign
Annually pass a tray during Christmas and Pascha Church
services to help Taybeh.
The $1,000 Option
Raise $1,000 at your church towards the cost of one
house. Fifty churches can build one home that costs
The Lenten Appeal
Adopt Taybeh as an annual almsgiving project or service
project during Great Lent and support housing.
Taybeh, located between Jerusalem and Jericho is the
only all-Christian town that has maintained this unique
identity in Palestine to this day. Taybeh is the modern
name given by the Islamic leader Salahadin for the Biblical
village of Ephraim. It is best known for the time Christ
came to the village to escape and rest with his disciples
before his crucifixion. (John 11:54).
At the present time there are three churches and one
small chapel in Taybeh. In addition, the first Greek
Orthodox Church of St. George was built in the late
fourth century and now remains as archeological ruins
and a special place of worship. Our present church was
built in 1931 after the original church was destroyed
twice. The other churches: Greek Catholic (Melkite)
and Latin Church (Roman Catholic) and one small chapel
built by a French monk.
The local residents of Taybeh number less than 2,000
people. Thousands of Palestinian Christians from Taybeh
live abroad. Christians in this little village trace
their roots to the time of Christ.
In 1998, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem
allocated land to the church in order to help needy
families use land for free in building their first homes.
A committee was appointed to fundraise and manage the
housing project licensed under the Orthodox Youth Club
of St. George's Greek Orthodox Church under the Palestinian
- Improve the living conditions of families that
do not have their own homes.
- Help young married couples have their own homes
at a reduced cost.
- Create temporary jobs during building phase.
- Sustain the Christian community in this unique village
and discourage immigration.
The first phase benefited 12 families with the start
of construction of the first homes (Aug 2005). The housing
project is intended eventually to help thirty needy
families acquire their own homes at a low cost if they
meet a strict financial need requirement. Homes may
not be sold for profit. Each family must agree that
they will not sell their unit except to another needy
family in the church or leave it for their own children.
Funds raised were shared equally among the families.
The second phase of the project has reached twenty one
roofed homes, most skeleton style. Each family was initially
paying on a monthly basis about $70.00 towards the total
cost. However, due to the tragic situation in the Holy
Land, we have more than 50% of the people currently
unemployed. The family payment or participation was
$12,000 per family spent on building the first 12 houses
and due to the devaluation of the dollar became $14,000
per family in the second phase matched to the total
amount fundraised as of Dec 2011 is approximately $165,000.
Six families have finished the interior of their home
on their own and currently live there.
The housing project was expected to be completed within
five years but due to lack of funds, the Holy Land Housing
Campaign will stay in effect.
Contributions are managed by the housing committee in
Taybeh and held in an account at the Arab Bank-Ramallah,
Al Balad Branch. Account # 9090-662656/4/510 Taybeh
Orthodox Club Housing Project.
Your help is greatly needed. Donations may be sent
by check made payable to: "Metropolis of Boston
Holy Land Housing" and mailed to: Metropolis of
Boston, 162 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA 02445. Please
notify the committee of your donation by email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fr. Daoud P. Khoury
Mother Agapia Stephanopoulos (reference)
Dr. Grace C. Muaddi
Mr. Naseem Fakir (memory eternal)
Mr. Elias Naser,
Mr. Iskandar Mshirki,
Dr. Maria C. Khoury (Chair)
Daoud C. Khoury, Mayor of Taybeh.
For more information or to view engineering plans visit
us at www.saintgeorgetaybeh.org . You may contact Maria
C. Khoury, email@example.com.
Your solidarity and support is deeply appreciated.
Please share this Holy Land project with others who
might be able to help. Your prayers are needed.
With great appreciation,
The Housing Committee