The Diakonia Department and the Ecumenical Relief Program

The preservation of Human Dignity has been and will remain a strategic objective of MECC since its founding in 1974, through social, humanitarian and development services programs. This program has evolved throughout the MECC historical process to include relief services for the forcibly displaced people and those uprooted, in all regions of the Middle East that have witnessed civil wars, armed conflicts, humanitarian disasters and occupations. The program is supported by several activities aimed at empowering those directly or indirectly affected, facilitating their livelihoods, and adapting to changing living conditions in a flexible and positive way. It also aimed to protect them and defend their rights and issues in all available platforms.

Moreover, the program is working with the MECC member churches, to develop their humanitarian and development services through various training programs for their human cadres in order to sustain these programs.

The MECC adoption of the various programs of Diakonia stems from the firm belief that Christ himself founded this service through his healing of physical and psychological diseases, and through the parables he gave about serving strangers, such as the Good Samaritan (Luke 10-30-37) and his similarity to the hungry, the sick, the prisoner and the naked (Matthew 25: 31-46). Jesus Called on every believer to serve his fellow with love and humility despite of any religious, social or ethnic background.

These constants of faith, which the MECC, with all its team, adheres to, serve as the cornerstone and code of ethical conduct that will make the Diakonia programs added value and living examples to follow.

Partnering with international and local partners, our program areas currently include:

·       Relief and Development

·       Justice, Peace and Human Rights/ Advocacy

·       Migrants and Refugees