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in the Middle East

October 17, 2023


Dear friends,


As AVSI, we express our sorrow for all the victims and great concern about the war that has broken out in the Middle East, where we have been working since 1993 with development cooperation projects, particularly in education, protection, health, and economic development.


Our staff in the field are safe and well. So are the children within our Distance Support program: today, classes have just started back up remotely. We are monitoring the situation hour by hour, as it evolves, in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and throughout the West Bank, where our projects are ongoing, and we are on high alert throughout the Middle Eastern Region (AVSI has offices and projects in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq) to ensure maximum safety for our staff and beneficiaries. As we always do in emergency situations, we will assess whether to continue implementing our projects or suspend them until it is possible to resume all activities, and we will keep our network of supporters and friends informed through our channels.


The most recent escalation of the conflict further renews our trust in our mission and conviction that our development interventions are essential for peace-building, now more than ever that peace appears to be increasingly fragile. We invite you to join us and our fellow brothers and sisters in prayer and fasting for those suffering.


In November, we will launch our 2023-2024 Annual Campaign: Give Peace a Face; we encourage you to participate in supporting our peace efforts around the world. Stay tuned!


Peace be with you all,

The AVSI-USA team