Basil Bacall proven himself to be a matchless humanitarian with deep compassion for his fellow Iraqi Christians. Working with the Chaldean Federation of America (CFA), Basil was instrumental in implementing the Adopt-A-Refugee Family committee in mid 2007 to help Christian refugees cruelly driven from war-torn Iraq.
Adopt-A-Refugee Family is the only program of its kind that offers immediate and direct help to Iraqi Christian refugees with absolutely no administrative costs. To date more than 3,000 refugees were assisted by the Adopt-A-Refugee Family program. In addition, more than $743,000 has been raised as of March 2009.
In late 2007, Basil used his own funds to travel to the Middle East to see for himself how the program is working and to get it up and running in Syria. He met with refugees young and old to see firsthand their squalid living conditions and to learn how he and the CFA can help.
In addition to being a commercial airline pilot, Basil holds a Bachelor of Science from Thomas Edison State University in New Jersey. He has also completed advanced theology courses with the Eastern Catholic Re-Evangelization Center.
Because of its magnitude and urgency, the Chaldean Federation of America has partnered with various well-known organizations in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, etc., as well as with an international Jesuit organization to launch the “Adopt-A-Refugee-Family” initiative.
One of the many humanitarian relief efforts orchestrated by the CFA, the goal of the “Adopt-A-Refugee-Family” program is to help at least 600 families reestablish their security and livelihood by the end of 2008 in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, etc. The turmoil in Iraq and the surrounding areas has taken its toll on more than 20,000 families—mostly Christians—who are being singled out, persecuted and even murdered because of their religious beliefs. These people were, until recently, exactly like many of us—business professionals, salespeople, lawyers, and teachers. Now a religious minority, they are forced from their homes and left with no other choice than to seek refuge and safety anywhere they can throughout the region.
Reduced to the status of “refugees,” these displaced persons are prohibited from working, going to school, worshipping … and are prevented from living their normal lives. Not only have they lost their homes, their jobs, and their livelihoods, but their food, water and other basic necessities have become exceedingly scarce. Entire families—children, infants, grandmothers Adopt a refugee family now and 100% of your donation will go directly toward helping a family in need.
What would it take for you to care?
There are many available giving options:
1) Monthly commitment
2) Quarterly commitment
3) Annual commitment
4) One-time commitment
And, for your convenience, after selecting your giving option and level, we will automatically send you reminder invoices in order to help you easily fulfill your commitment. You can directly monitor the progress your adopted family is making through letters, e-mails, or phone calls. You may also choose to remain anonymous. Direct contact with your adopted family guarantees that they receive 100% of your donations. Ask them yourself!
Money donated to CFA c/o Adopt-A-Refugee-Family put into a separate account for this program & transferred to Jesuits. Jesuits receive & confirm receipt. Family gets 100% of donated money. Family contacts donor via letter or e-mail to confirm receipt of monies.
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Chaldean Federation of America (CFA)
29850 Northwestern Hwy. Suite 250
Southfield, MI 48034
Phone: (248) 996-8384
Fax: (248) 996-8342