What we do

Our Objectives

Our objectives are raising awareness of the challenges facing the Christians of the Holy Land, encourage prayers to be offered on their behalf, generating and channeling financial resources to give them a sustainable future and encouraging visits to the Holy Land to meet local Christians.

Our Purpose

The Christian people of the Holy Land have been under increasing economic and political pressure in the past seventy-five years, and during that time the Christian population there has fallen steadily. Friends of the Holy Land (FHL) was established in 2009 to help and encourage Christians to flourish in the land of their birth, to ensure a secure presence where Christianity began. Working closely with the churches here and in the Holy Land, our work is entirely a-political, and has the backing and blessing of Anglican and Catholic Bishops in England, Wales, Scotland and elsewhere.

Inspired by a Pilgrimage

In 2007 a group of pilgrims, led by our founder Michael Whelan, were so moved by the plight of Holy Land Christians they wanted to make an immediate improvement to their lives -  the result was ‘Friends of the Holy Land’.

Since then FHL have successfully funded the neediest Christians in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan. Each year we help over 2,000 named Christians, improving their lives in the key areas of education, employment, health and housing.


Friends of the Holy Lands Projects in the Holy Land

Many international agencies are active in the Holy Land, supporting major projects. FHL concentrates instead on smaller, sustainable projects that quickly make a big difference to local Christian families.

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We support pupils at school and students University  

The Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem has 17 schools in the Holy Land. The Latin Patriarchate has 45 schools. Together they offer education to approximately 28,000 pupils of whom the majority are Christian.

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The Living Stones

The purpose of the FHL is to support Christians

Bethlehem and Jerusalem, where Jesus was born, crucified and rose to new life, were once bustling with local Christians. The Holy Land is the birthplace of Christianity and part of the fundamental history of all Christians.

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