Memorandum of Understanding for Establishment of Nineveh Reconstruction Committee (NRC)

WHEREAS, the Christian Churches of the Nineveh Plain (hereinafter the “Churches”) desire to facilitate the return of their respective peoples to their ancestral communities from which they were expelled during the ISIS conflicts of 2014-17, and;

WHEREAS, in order to fund their return the Churches, through their authorized leaders, seek the financial assistance and managerial expertise and support of the NGO Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) in order to obtain access to established aid giving organizations, states, and entities throughout the world:

NOW, THEREFORE, the undersigned authorized leaders hereby enter into this Memorandum of Understanding for the Establishment of the Nineveh Reconstruction Committee (NRC) under the following terms and conditions:

1. Creation of the Committee: The Churches shall establish a working Committee known as the Nineveh Reconstruction Committee (NRC).

2. Makeup of the Committee: By decision of the NRC members during their 11 September 2019 meeting in Bartella, the Committee consists of eleven (11) members and a temporary consultant as follows:

  • Fr. Andrzej Halemba: Acting Chairman
  • Mr. Aimery de Vérac: Committee Finance Adviser
  • Mr. Stephen Rasche: Legal Counsel
  • Mr. Samir Yasso Saadi: Syriac Orthodox Church
  • Mr. Zaid Al Niser: Syriac Orthodox Church
  • Fr. Salar Kajo: Chaldean Catholic Church
  • Mrs. Ann Razoky: Chaldean Catholic Church
  • Fr. Georges Jahola: Syriac Catholic Church
  • Fr. Behnam Benoka: Syriac Catholic Church
  • Fr. Thabet Habeb Mansur: Chaldean Catholic Church (*)
  • Mr. John Smith: Engineer (**)
  • Mr. Xavier Bisits: Temporary Consultant (**)
The former Memorandum of Understanding, signed in March 2017, included 9 members.
(*) Since May 4, 2018.
(**) Since September 11, 2019.

3. Establishment of Bank Accounts: Each of the Churches shall establish a bank account for the purpose of receiving funds generated through the efforts of ACN and the NRC.

4. Coordination of Lobbying Efforts: Each of the Churches shall operate in good faith with all other members of the NRC to coordinate lobbying efforts for securing of financial aid from established aid giving organizations, states, and entities throughout the world.

5. Distribution of Proceeds: Proceeds of funds raised by the efforts of the NRC shall be distributed to each of the Churches based upon the results of the joint survey of reconstruction needs as conducted by ACN and the Churches.

Fr Halemba holds the finalised contract for the reconstruction of nearly 13,000 homes in Iraq signed by the representatives of the three Christian churches © Aid to the Church in Need – International
Erbil, 27 March 2017
Fr. Dr. Andrzej Halemba
Fr. Dr. Andrzej HalembaActing Chairman
Mr. Aimery de Vérac
Mr. Aimery de VéracFinance Adviser
Mr. Stephen Rasche
Mr. Stephen RascheLegal Counsel
Fr. Georges Jahola
Fr. Georges JaholaSyriac Catholic Church
Fr. Dr. Behnam Benoka
Fr. Dr. Behnam BenokaSyriac Catholic Church
Fr. Salar Kajo
Fr. Salar KajoChaldean Catholic Church
Mrs. Ann Razoky
Mrs. Ann RazokyChaldean Catholic Church
Fr. Thabet Habeb Mansur
Fr. Thabet Habeb MansurChaldean Catholic Church
Mr. Zaid Al Niser
Mr. Zaid Al NiserSyriac Orthodox Church
Mr. Samir Yasso Saadi
Mr. Samir Yasso SaadiSyriac Orthodox Church
Mr. John Smith
Mr. John SmithEngineer
Mr. Xavier Bistis
Mr. Xavier BistisTemporary Consultant