By Rula Samain – Sep 01,2015 – Last updated at Sep 01,2015

AMMAN — Act Alliance, a coalition of global organisations of churches involved in humanitarian and development work, celebrated Sunday evening the launching of the its secretariat in Amman to enhance its services in Middle East and North Africa.

John Nduna, Act Alliance general secretary, said the coalition helps alleviate the burden on the governmentbyassisting in refugees camps, mainly Zaatari.

The coalition covers the social, education and urgent needs of Syrian refugees in the camps and provides funds, medical care and food assistance for Iraqi refugees in host communities, according to Nduna.

He said that Act Alliance, with an annual budget of $1.6 billion, has 140 churches and faith-basedorganisations working together in over 140 countries and 146 member organisations.

Speaking at Sunday’s ceremony, Pauliina Parhiala, Act Alliance director and chief operating officer,said the conflict in Syria enters its fifth year and a political solution is yet to be reached.

“Over 200,000 people have been killed and over one million injured, in addition to 12 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.”

She said that Syria’s immediate neighbours — Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan — host over 3 million Syrianrefugees.

Parhiala stressed that the refugee crisis cannot be addressed by Middle East countries alone and requires global action.

“As a faith-based organisation, the role of Act Alliance is above all to keep hope on the horizon,” she said.

Speaking at the ceremony, Father Nabil Haddad, founder and director of the Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Centre, said Jordan is a model of solidarity between Muslims and Christians, as well as a true model of peace and generosity in its hosting refugees over the years.

Mohammad Nasser Kilani, spokesperson of the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organisation, told The Jordan Times on the sidelines of the event that Act Alliance and similar organisations are important for thecountry in assisting refugees andproviding emergency relief, especially when refugees first arrive.