The Crisis

Today, there are approximately 150,000 Christians living in the Holy Land. Due to severe political and economic hardships, an estimated 500 Christian families leave the Holy Land each year. This steady emigration suggests that one day the Christian community and the Christian church may cease to exist in this part of the world. As the Christian population struggles to survive in a volatile political environment of ethnic distrust, the FFHL uses every available resource to help the poor and unemployed meet their human needs.



HOPE

Founded in 1994, the Franciscan Foundation For The Holy Land (FFHL) is a worldwide ecumenical organization, that seeks to help stem the Christian exodus from the Holy Land by providing programs and projects that will serve as incentives for the Christians to remain as well as safeguarding the basic human rights of the Christian Palestinian minority living in the Holy Land.

HOW PROGRAMS HELP

With so many forces coming together against the Christians in the Holy Land, they need our help in so many ways.  The fourteen programs that the FFHL has established for their benefit help give them the support they need to stay there and  maintain the Christian community around each of the Holy Places in the land where Jesus walked.  From education, to housing, to employment, to social services, their needs are met and their lives have hope for a better future because of the wonderful work of the Franciscans.


Educational Programs

Assisting an elementary student
to remain in school is a huge relief
to parents who struggle to keep up
with the cost of living.


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Musically talented children
study under teachers
from around the world.


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Education is the key to
encouraging young people to
remain in the Holy Land.


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Marketable trade skills are
sometimes needed in place
of a college education.


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Housing Programs

Apartment housing units
which offer new, affordable and safe
places for families.


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Employs local Christians
to renovate homes so that the families
have a safe and healthy place to live.


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Humanitarian Programs

Offers boys a residential facility
to help with school work,
give nutritious meals,
as well as counseling
to help better cope with the situations at home.


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Children come together with
bands, scouts, sports teams and visiting dignitaries
to pray for peace.


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Offers educational opportunities
as well as counseling, employment, medical
and financial assistance.


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Christmas Program for the
families in Bethlehem
where each child receives a gift.


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Children often learn tolerance
and understanding through sports activities.


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Families and individuals often
need immediate
help to obtain medications,
find a place to live, or purchase food.


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Other Programs

Employment for men
primarily in the construction
and renovation of housing.


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An Investment in the
Future of Christianity.


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People from around the world
can have their names inscribed
on plaques at St. Catherine’s.


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