Who We Are

St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee, EPDC, is a non-governmental organization, operating under the supervision of the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, directly subordinated to His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II.

The Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch started this current humanitarian project  at the beginning of the crisis in Iraq, when people started to flee from Iraq to Syria in 2003 and continued in the years that followed.

In 2012, due to the crisis in Syria, and its disastrous consequences with the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people and their movement towards the capital Damascus, The Late Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka I († 21/03/2014) gave his blessing to form a committee in order to serve the people most in need.

This committee specifically focuses their effort with the affairs of development and relief by providing the assistance for those who are directly or indirectly affected by the war, starting from the Patriarchate located in Bab Touma (Old Damascus) and the surrounding neighborhoods with the goal to reach the entire country of Syria by 2017.



St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee ‘EPDC’ is a non-governmental organization ,operating under the supervision of the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and the entire East, and directly subordinated to His Holiness Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem II.

The Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch has started its Project  on the humanitarian field since the beginning of the crisis in Iraq, when people started to flee from Iraq to Syria in 2003 and the following years.


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Epdc Values



We believe

That Human being is the highest value in life, the fundamental cornerstone in the development of a society.

Helping him is our duty to build a strong solid community.


Our constitution

  • Love without Borders.
  • Humanity is our work engine.
  • Respecting every human being .
  • Joy in service, Attention to development, Transparency and non-discrimination.

We strive to make peace a part of everything we do. Responding to disasters, we work to distribute resources in ways that minimize conflict. We aim to meet the needs of our community. In addition, we advocate for all activities that will lead to a more peaceful world.


EPDC Values

  • Helping people is their Right and every member of the committee duty.
  • Serve our brothers in humanity.
  • Respect for human.
  • Special attention to children and women empowerment.
  • Joy in service.
  • Transparency and non-discrimination.

What We Do

Programs & Projects


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Humanitarian response programs

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Urgent financial aid projects

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The urgent financial aid through distribution cash is offered to the families that are directly affected by the terrorist attacks and to families of martyrs. The committee defines a specific account to help those families throughout the year, in addition to the aid paid for the liberation of the abducted individuals, particularly girls and children

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Food and nonfood parcels such as :Food parcels – baby hygiene kits - basic household items for displaced families

blankets, heaters, sanitary products and other daily necessities

In 2014, EPDC distributed 50000 quotas for the families that are in need

Cache for rent

Relief Sector Relief Sector 18/02/2016

Helping the displaced families with cash for temporary rent subsidies.

In 2014, EPDC helped more than 1000 families within this project

Urgent financial aid projects

Relief Sector Relief Sector //

The urgent financial aid through distribution cash is offered to the families that are directly affected by the terrorist

attacks and to families of martyrs. The committee defines a specific account to help those families throughout the year,

in addition to the aid paid for the liberation of the abducted individuals, particularly girls and children

Keep it Clean

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This project aims to create job opportunities for IDPs, collection and deportation of waste inside and around the shelters, and Deployment of volunteering culture in the local community

My Career is My Life

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The Project Objectives are to create job opportunities for IDPs, train IDPs in several career such as  Crochet, Candles, and Quilts crafts in order to enable them to make their own career, and contribute to easing the burden of living for IDPs

Vocational Training

Capacity Building projects Capacity Building projects //

Vocational training is addressing a different target groups:

  •  Vocational training for women: the committee organizes special courses in sewing


           and crochet and various household skills especially for mother in order to help them earn money.

  •  Special courses for youth and fresh graduates: build their skills to enable them to


start a career such as hairdressing and cosmetics, maintenance of computers,

electronics and household electrical appliances.

  • Special courses for youth: the committee is interested in investing in the youth by

          helping them to develop their skills in the field of computer, languages and administrative work.


Remedial courses

Capacity Building projects Capacity Building projects //

Remedial education courses in the various stages of middle and high school, the committee is keen to help students finish their studies, which may be affected by the  security situations and military operations

People with the special needs

Special Programs Special Programs //

Assistance to people with special needs (such as private associations like Faith and Light, ship, love)

Orphans

Special Programs Special Programs //

Direct cache assistant for orphans with regular visites Special aids to children in the orphanage

Psychological support programs

Special Programs Special Programs //

 

  • EPDC focusing mostly on the psychological support for children as they are the most


        affected by the repercussions of the crisis, the committee also organizes several

        activities to train volunteers to do their part and provide psychosocial support to childre


       In 2014, EPDC has participated and organize many courses such as

 

  •  Summer peace building institute (SPI)
  •  International work and study camp
  •  Capacity building
  •  Let us grow up together
  •  Trauma sensitive
  •  SPHERE
  •  PT theater

 

School and University scholarship

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Financial aids for displaced students

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Health care Programs

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We provide medical services through a network of doctors and covers the expenses of surgeries, X-rays and medicine.

More than 6000 persons were helped by EPDC during 2014 in this program.

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