The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) has distributed barley seeds to 600 farmers in Dara’a Governorate in order to support the agricultural sector.
The distributed seeds are sufficient to plant 1.5 hectares per beneficiary. In addition, MECC covered the costs of land cultivation and seed sowing.
Furthermore, a total of 45 beneficiaries with disabilities received medical and agricultural adaptive tools that are suitable for every type of disability.
Beneficiaries underwent a technical training on the correct methods of planting, types of diseases possibly affecting crops and treatment methods in addition to ways to increase crop yields.
The MECC also organized awareness raising sessions for families having members with disabilities with the aim of supporting these persons, helping them accept their disability and encouraging them to become active members in society.
The MECC was inaugurated in May 1974 at its First General Assembly in Nicosia, Cyprus, and now has its headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon. Initially it consisted of three “families” of Christian Churches in the Middle East, the Eastern Orthodox Churches, the Oriental Orthodox Churches and the Evangelical Churches, which were joined in 1990 by the Catholic Churches of the region. It is a regional council affiliated with the mainstream ecumenical movement which also gave birth to the World Council of Churches, of which the MECC is also a member.
The MECC is headed by a secretary general and supported by three associate secretaries general. Its four co-presidents each represent the four church families.
The MECC is composed of two program categories: Core Programs and Service Programs.
The MECC has offices in Cairo and Amman, with liaison offices in Damascus, Jerusalem and Tehran. Through the membership of its four Church families, the MECC works in over 14 countries from Northern Africa, the Levant, Iraq, Iran and the Persian Gulf, representing 14 million Christians.