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Syrian Relief Program

DERD is the only official non-profit organization of the Antiochian Patriarchate.

THE SYRIAN PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING…, schools, and hospitals have been demolished - loved ones have been injured - lives have been lost – families have been torn apart - the innocent have been held captive - holy places have been desecrated and destroyed….   


In response to the love and concern expressed by many of you to His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph regarding the crisis in Syria and the suffering of our Brothers and Sisters there, a special donation mechanism has been set up so that Antiochian Orthodox Christians and anyone else concerned about the suffering of the Syrian people can donate directly to the relief efforts through the Patriarchate of Antioch. We are pleased to announce that we now have set up a fund for making contributions directly to the relief efforts in Syria, and that you will be able to donate online.


The Patriarchate of Antioch, has a very effective humanitarian non-governmental organization, the Department of Ecumenical Relationships and Development (DERD) operating through out Syria. It was established in 1994 under the Thrice-Blessed Memory of Patriarch Ignatius IV (Hazim), and has been blessed to continue and expand its work under His Beatitude Patriarch John X. Its current Director is Archimandrite Dr. Alexi Chehadeh.

DERD is the largest independent local NGO operating inside Syria with 10 offices and 25 multi-service centers, such as child protection, child-friendly space, and community centers, seeking to offer help to those who are in dire need, ensuring that all efforts are made to provide services to all, in order to spread the spirit of humanity, dignity, justice, tranquility and peace among those IDPs and affected, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity. It seeks to go and have mercy, as did the Good Samaritan.

With YOUR donation, you can help them to survive.

With: $1 YOU can feed a child for one whole day.
With: $10 YOU can feed a family for a week.
With: $50 YOU can keep a family warm for one month.
With: $100 YOU can contribute to a life-saving surgery.
With: $500 YOU can send 10 children to school for one whole year.
With: $1000 YOU can facilitate the return of IDP families back to their homes through rehabilitation works.


Any donation is welcome, please don't hesitate to help. Donations will be made to the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese Syrian Relief Fund, with 100% of donations going directly to the Patriarchate for DERD. Because you are making your contribution to the Archdiocese, your contribution will be tax deductible, to the extent allowed by law. You can donate today by either:




Related Material

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph's Letter (PDF)

Wisdom of Antioch (PDF)

DERD Facebook Page

Official DERD Website




1. Sending a check made out to the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdioces with a memo: Syrian Relief Fund/DERD and mailing it today to :

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdioces
Attn: Syrian Relief Fund/DERD
358 Mountain Road
Englewood, New Jersey 07631

2. Clicking on the Donate Now button. This will direct you to our online donation form. All online donations will incur a 3% convenience processing fee which will be deducted from your total donation amount.