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Despite the war and the pandemic, Hanna Ghoneim managed to build this bakery about 12 miles away from Damascus. He will employ more than 40 people and produce high-quality bread for about 10,000 families.

Priests opens bakery in Syria to give young people work and a future

Korbgemeinschaft – Hilfe für Syrien
“We are very interested that the Christians don’t leave their home, because Syria is the home of Christianity. Christians in Syria need our help. We can help them through money, to build schools or hospitals, or to [offer] work [to] the youth.”

With this bakery, he’s given them employment and a chance for a better future. The bakery produces high-quality bread, and Fr. Ghoneim uses the revenue from sales to pay his employees’ salaries. Some of the bread produced is given to poor families in the area, be they Muslim or Christian.

Korbgemeinschaft – Hilfe für Syrien
“Bread belongs to everyone, and Jesus says, ‘Give them [something] to eat.’ He didn’t say only for a group, but everyone.”

The bakery will guarantee work and food to the city of Maaruneh and surrounding towns.

The property belongs to the Melkite parish, as the Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarchate of Damascus is sponsoring the project.

It’s been sustained thanks to hundreds of donations, big and small, from people in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary and Sweden.

Now that the bakery is open, Fr. Hanna Ghoneim is looking for help to launch an agricultural project that will also offer employment, a future and dignity to many other young Christians in the region.