IOCC Responds To Victims Of Deadly Earthquake In Nepal

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27/4/15 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — A devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake and several powerful aftershocks have rocked the ancient city of Kathmandu, Nepal, leaving a trail of massive destruction and loss of lives. More than 2,000 people have died and hundreds of thousands more left homeless as multiple tremors flattened houses and buildings in the region. Many ...

IOCC Assists Syrian Families Escaping Bloodshed In Idlib

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March-April 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — As the security and humanitarian situation in Idlib, Syria, continues to deteriorate following escalated fighting this past weekend, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), working in partnership with the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East (GOPA), is providing emergency medical assistance, hygiene kits, and personal care items to ...

IOCC Seeks Summer Interns For U.S. And Greece – DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL MARCH 31!

March 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), the official humanitarian relief agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, is offering summer internship opportunities for IOCC programs in the U.S. and Greece. The U.S. Program Intern will be based in IOCC's field office in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with ...

Restoring Water Access To Gaza’s Embattled Families

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IOCC - February 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — For Suha, 10, and her friend, Nada, 9, each day begins with a visit to a communal water storage tank in the Gaza neighborhood of Shuja'iyeh. They patiently wait their turn to fill numerous empty plastic water cans that they must carry back to their family homes a ...

IOCC Delivers Winter Relief To Snowbound Syrian Refugees

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February 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Snow and frigid cold blanket Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, where nearly 400,000 Syrian refugees living in vinyl tents with packed dirt floors struggle to clear snow and stay warm. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that more than 100 tents have caved under the weight of heavy snow, ...

IOCC Provides Vital Winter Relief For Syrian Children And War-Weary Families

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January 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Freezing temperatures, heavy snow and chilling winds sweeping across Syria are putting thousands of young lives in jeopardy as displaced mothers struggle helplessly to keep their small children warm and sheltered from the harsh winter conditions. Many live in shelled out buildings with no doors or windows to keep frigid ...

IOCC Joins Largest U.S. Disaster Response Network

December 2014 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — From comforting survivors of the 9/11 attacks in 2001, to helping Midwest families clean out their homes after last summer's devastating floods, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has been responding to the needs of disaster victims across the US for more than a decade through the IOCC Emergency Response Network, ...

IOCC Congressional Campaign Highlights Relief Work : Urges International Development Support

November 2014 MD (IOCC) — In an ongoing effort to raise awareness and concern for urgent humanitarian needs around the world, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has embarked on a strategic campaign to educate Congressional leaders, including members of the Senate Foreign Relations and the House Foreign Affairs Committees, on the organization's expanding humanitarian programs, and ...

Team IOCC Goes The Distance In Baltimore to Race Against Poverty

October 2014 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — An Orthodox priest, a kindergartner and a retired grandmother joined nearly 30 other supporters of International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) at dawn on Saturday to go the distance in the 14th Annual Baltimore Running Festival, and to raise money and awareness about the people it serves worldwide with every stride. ...

IOCC Book Distribution Promotes Learning To Underserved Youth In U.S.

October 2014 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — From the smallest rural towns to the biggest cities, two-thirds of America's children living in poverty have no books at home, according to the nation's largest literacy program, Reading is Fundamental. Children with no regular access to books and reading are at greatest risk for struggling in school and ...

Hundreds Of Thousands Homeless In Flood-Ravaged Pakistan

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September 2014 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — The race to reach dry land grows more urgent as massive flooding in Pakistan forces hundreds of thousands of families to evacuate their homes. Heavy monsoon rains earlier in the week have triggered landslides, while floodwaters have submerged entire villages and swept away bridges and more than 400,000 acres of ...

IOCC Conference Cultivates Service

10/9/14 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — When record rainfall drenched the Midwest in July and triggered massive flooding of communities across Minnesota and Iowa, teen volunteers from St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis were among the dozen members of an International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Orthodox Action Team who traveled to the hard-hit Iowa town of ...

Flood Recovery Efforts Continue In Serbia And Bosnia

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30/8/14 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Vladan and his wife welcome the arrival of much needed building supplies to repair their flood damaged home in Grdica, a village near Kraljevo, Serbia. Vladan's home along with hundreds of other homes in the area were submerged under several feet of water for days after a powerful surge of flood ...

IOCC Responds To Critical Needs of Families In Gaza : Urges Support

Two displaced Palestinian women find refuge in the courtyard of St. Porphyrius Greek Orthodox Church in Gaza City. The church is sheltering more than 700 displaced people, nearly half of them children, and providing assistance to an additional 1,400 displaced persons being sheltered in a nearby mosque and warehouses. IOCC is responding to the urgent needs of Gaza

3/8/14 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — The scramble for safety by thousands of Gaza's families grows more difficult each day as a new wave of violence is destroying homes, businesses, even schools where children and their parents have sought shelter. After seven years of a blockade that has rendered most of the Gaza Strip's 1.8 million people ...

IOCC Assists Syrian Families Seeking Refuge In Northern Iraq

August 2014 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Syrian refugee families wait patiently for their turn to receive emergency relief items from a distribution center in northern Iraq's Kurdistan region. More than 220,000 Syrian refugees have fled here from the violence of civil war – often arriving with nothing but the clothes they wear. Many have sought refuge ...

New School Removes Barrier To Learning For Uganda’s Children

One teacher provides instruction for 500 elementary students in this one-room, red-brick village school near the shores of Lake Victoria in Butembe, Uganda. There are no desks or books, only a solitary chalkboard at one end of the room used by the teacher to instruct them. IOCC is working to improve access to learning for Uganda

August 2014 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — The one-room, red-brick village school near the shores of Lake Victoria in Butembe, Uganda, fills quickly each morning as hundreds of children, barefoot and humbly dressed, file in and sit shoulder to shoulder on the packed earth floor to receive their lessons. One teacher provides instruction for 500 students from ...

IOCC Mobilizes To Provide Urgent Relief For Families Caught In Gaza Conflict

13/07/14 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — In this past week, the most intense violence in nearly two years has claimed over 100 lives, including 23 children, injured more than 800 people, and left families with damaged and destroyed homes in the Gaza Strip. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is in Gaza, assessing the emerging humanitarian needs of ...

IOCC Responds to Victims of Flood Ravaged Midwest

30/6/14 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Rivers across the Midwest are surging over their banks, flooding cities and sweeping away summer crops as they fail to contain record summer rains that fell during the past week. Floodwaters have engulfed much of Minnesota, including Minneapolis and St. Paul, in some of the worst flooding in decades. The state's ...

Creating a Path Out of Poverty for India’s Forgotten Families

June 2014 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — The village of Annathur is home to 302 families and one of India's most marginalized communities. Many of the families belong to minority ethnic tribes that have been historically ostracized by Indian society, leaving them deprived of access to healthcare, education and employment opportunities. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is ...

Bosnia’s Flood Survivors Face Slow and Difficult Recovery

16/6/14 - IOCC Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — When floodwaters from record breaking rainfall surged beyond the banks of the Bosna River last month, Šamac and six villages surrounding the Bosnian town were completely engulfed by the rising water. More than 4,500 homes, along with area farms and businesses were submerged in more than five feet of ...

Orthodox Christian Emergency Network Grows to 100 Members

June 2014 Chicago, IL (IOCC) — When seven people were killed and thirteen injured in a shooting rampage in Isla Vista, California, on May 23, Fr. Jon-Stephen Hedges, who serves as volunteer Chaplain with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department and a member of the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Frontline, consoled families as he performed ...