April- May 2015
Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Kathmandu, Nepal’s historic capital city lies in rubble. A catastrophic 7.9 earthquake followed by powerful aftershocks on Sunday toppled thousands of homes, claimed more than 3,000 lives and injured nearly 7,000 victims in the valley surrounding Kathmandu. Rescue workers are racing against time to find people believed to be trapped under rubble.
The widespread destruction to homes, farmland, and livestock has left millions without access to food, water, shelter and medication. More than 1.4 million children and parents are in need of immediate food assistance. Half of these vulnerable families live near the epicenter in poor quality housing and face homelessness and hunger.
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), an ACT Alliance member, is delivering financial assistance to provide critically needed humanitarian relief to survivors of this devastating quake. Through its support of Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and other ACT relief partners on the ground in Nepal, IOCC is providing emergency assistance to families in need, including the distribution of life-saving supplies such as water, food, shelter and medication to people injured.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
You can help the victims of disasters around the world, like the earthquake in Nepal, by making a financial gift to the IOCC International Emergency Response Fund which will provide immediate and long-term relief through emergency aid, recovery assistance and other support to help those in need. To make a gift, please visit iocc.org, call 1-877-803-IOCC (4622), or mail a check or money order payable to IOCC, P.O. Box 17398, Baltimore, Md. 21297-0429.
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHARITIES
IOCC is the official humanitarian aid agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. Since its inception in 1992, IOCC has delivered $538 million in emergency relief and development assistance to families and communities in more than 50 countries. IOCC is a member of ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 140 churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy, and InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S–based secular and faith-based organizations working to improve the lives of the world’s most poor and vulnerable populations. To learn more about IOCC, visit iocc.org.
Media contact: Rada K. Tierney, IOCC Media Relations, 443-823-3489, firstname.lastname@example.org