Nuns who help to feed families in war torn Aleppo have inspired a fund raising drive by schoolchildren and the catholic church in March
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The work of nuns in war torn Syria has prompted a fund raising drive by the March catholic church and children at All Saints school.
All money raised locally will go towards the work of the Franciscan Sisters in Aleppo in war-torn Syria.
It is the same sisterhood as nuns who live in March in Princes Walk.
Fr Paul Maddison from March is in touch with one sister from Aleppo, Sr Brygida Maniurka and said they had decided to direct all of the money from the collection plate on Sunday December 18 to continue their good work.
The convent in West Aleppo is run by five sisters from Lebanon, Syria, France and Poland and they are involved in the Jesuit Refugee Service kitchen which prepares 10,000 meals every day for people living near to the convent to eat.
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For people further away meals are delivered by vans.
The convent also provide psychological support for local women and a centre for autistic children.
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For many families they have lost loved ones fighting in the war’s frontline or in the bombing and shooting.
Fr Paul said: “We were all moved by Sr Brygida’s email which was read at all Masses in the parish.
“Since we are blessed by the presence and work of the FMM sisters here, it seemed so appropriate to assist brave sisters from the same order doing such inspirational work in a very challenging environment.
“We are working with our ecumenical brothers and sisters, and indeed the wider community, to try to make a small difference for people caught up in the horror of Syria’s civil war.”