From: Sawsan Istephan
Sent: June 4, 2020 5:16 AM
To: 'Knights of Columbus Christian Refugee Relief Director'
Cc: 'Yasser Ayyache Archbishop Jerusalem'
Dear Sir Knight Hikmat,
Christian Refugee Relief Director
We would like to thank you for the first Jerusalem Students Education Sponsorship payment for 2020 for C$30,000 which we received in US$ 21,881.61 on 3.6.2020. The donation was received at the right time before June 15th which is very important to cover 50% of salaries to help the teachers and employees in this difficult situation.
Unfortunately due to the Pandemic, the parents who were able to pay the school tuition, could not pay any more because they lost their work and income. On the other side, we still have to cover the teachers' salaries which they are in urgent need to meet their daily expenses during this difficult time.
We would like to thank all the Jerusalem Students' sponsors for their support during this difficult period. Thanks to the special sponsor who donated C$5000 towards the teachers' salaries. Thanks to Toronto Council 1388 for renewing for their students C$4500. Thanks to the other sponsors who donated an extra amount to cover salaries of the teachers. Thanks to all the United States sponsors who are donating in US dollars which makes a big difference in the exchange for us.
Thanks to the Ontario Knights of Columbus for this beautiful program that has helped our Christian Students through the past years to overcome financial difficulties, graduate, go to higher learning and strengthen Christianity in The Holy Land.
Our Most Reverend Melkite Catholic Patriarchal Vicar Archbishop Yasser joins me in thanking you. May Our Lord Who Sees Your Generosity Give You One Hundred Fold.
Mrs.Sawsan Victor Istephan
Melkite Catholic Patriarchate School – Shepherds' Fields, Beit Sahour near Bethlehem