ST. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee, EPDC, Is a social, non-governmental, non-profit organization, operating under the supervision of the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and the entire East, directly subordinated to His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II.
The Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch started this current humanitarian project at the beginning of the crisis in Iraq, when people started to flee from Iraq to Syria in 2003 and continued in the years that followed.
In 2012, due to the crisis in Syria, and its disastrous consequences with the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people and their movement towards the capital Damascus, The Late Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka I († 21/03/2014) gave his blessing to form a committee in order to serve the people most in need.
Provide the necessary needs to ensure that people living in poverty and under oppression have the ability to improve their living conditions and develop their capabilities to have a better life.
A more grown, developed and peaceful society based on the foundations of ethics and human values.