What we do

Making a difference to the lives of vulnerable Christians in the Holy Land

Friends of the Holy Land was established to help and encourage Christians to flourish in the land of their birth.  Read more.

How you can help

Organise events to raise awareness,  raise funds or donate directly

Many of our supporters are organised though parish groups in Anglican and Catholic parishes across England, Wales and Scotland. Read more

Who we are

Entirely apolitical, & backed by Anglican and Catholic Bishops

Volunteers enable Friends of the Holy Land to fulfil our purpose and objectives, helping and encouraging our Christian brothers and sisters in the Holy Land. Read more

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Latest news

Special Appeal to Support Iraqi Christian Refugees

Special Appeal to Support Iraqi Christian Refugees

 

We recently shared our hope to support an additional 128 Iraqi Christian refugees in Jordan, including 51 children, currently residing in Ashrafieh Anglican parish in Amman. In January, whilst visiting Amman, FHL’s Peter Rand spoke with 30 of these refugees when he met with Fr. George Kopti, the Vicar of St. Paul’s Anglican Church. Peter reports,

"It was a very moving experience to spend an hour listening to the stories of Iraqi Christian refugees, who had been in the parish for between 4 months and 4 years. Many had fled Iraq with just the clothes on their back. None felt able to return as their houses had been destroyed. All had a vision of a better life for their families in Australia, Canada or the US. Meanwhile they survive from day to day with the minimum of resources, the support of their faith, and now some practical help from FHL.”

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Beit Jala House Refurbishment

Beit Jala House Refurbishment

In February last year we reported on a refurbishment project to improve the living conditions of a Christian family in Beit Jala. Our Bethlehem committee identified the Saliba Bader family as needing substantial help to improve their home. The family, already facing financial difficulties supporting a grown up son with health issues, have a very small income and were unable to afford the changes required to improve their situation. click image to read


 

Pilgrims Share Joyful Day at St Martha's House

Pilgrims Share Joyful Day at St Martha's House

 FHL were delighted to hear of two Diocesan Pilgrimages visiting St Martha’s House in Beit Sahour recently. We have been proud to support this day care centre for elderly Christian women in Bethlehem since our foundation in 2009. Open four days a week the house provides support to poor and vulnerable elderly Christian women in Bethlehem, many of whom are widows, living alone and with no one to look after them. St Martha’s House, staffed by Christians, creates a social environment where the women meet for companionship, simple meals and mutual support. Without this facility, many of these elderly women would live a lonely and isolated existence. Women attending the centre enjoy preparing and eating a midday meal together, tending the garden (which provides vegetables for the House), embroidery, board games, and singing and dancing together.... click image to read more.

 

 

 

Recent projects that make a difference

St. Martha’s House

Since its foundation in 2009 FHL has supported St. Martha’s House, the first day care centre for elderly ladies in Bethlehem.  Read more

Repairing Homes

Many homes particularly in the old parts of towns and cities suffer from damp, which can have a serious impact on the health of the elderly. Read more

School of Joy

Since 2011 FHL have supported the School of Joy, in Beit Sahour, a Special Needs School run by Fr. Abusada. Read more