The Countess of Wessex has taken on a new patronage.
The Awareness Foundation, a Christian education program that aims to help Christians understand their own faith, as well as the faiths of others, welcomed the Countess of Wessex on board as their first Royal Patron.
The Countess of Wessex took on the patronage as the Foundation began it’s 2017 programs to help young Syrians and Iraqis to become “Ambassadors for Peace” in their war-torn countries.
The Foundation aims to empower Christians to become “peacemakers and reconcilers” in their area. They hope to encourage young people and displaced children in Syria and Iraq to build positive outlooks and rebuild trust in their damaged communities. As well as that, they seek to encourage Christians in the Middle East to play their role as an “indigenous part of society”
Reverend Nadim Nassar, Director of the Awareness Foundation said: “It is a truly great honour to welcome Her Royal Highness as our Royal Patron.”
He added: “We look forward to sharing our many exciting plans for a future in which the Awareness Foundation plays a vital role in encouraging peacebuilding and reconciliation, both in the Middle East and in the West.”
The Foundation’s main focus is the “Ambassadors For Peace” programme which aims to help young Christians in the middle east by encouraging them to build bridges between different Christian denominations as well as build relationships with those of other faiths.
The Foundation works with many other faith-based organisations such as the Islamic Unity Society, Tibet Foundation, and the New London Synagogue in an effort to build “bridges of respect and understanding.”
They advocate “support and collaboration of all faith leaders, politicians and community leaders” in order to help battle tension and intolerance.
The programme launched in Syria in 2014. Since then over 450 young people have become Ambassadors for Peace.
This year, the Foundation will run the Ambassador for Peace program in Syria and Iraq to over 300 young people.