IOCC Relief Eases Hardship For Syrian Refugees And Greek Hosts

Hundreds of tired and hungry Syrian refugees with little more than a backpack carrying all of their worldly possessions arrive daily on the Greek island of Chios. Many are mothers with small children, along with a growing number of unaccompanied teens as young as 14. IOCC is responding to their most urgent needs with ready to eat meals and helping ease some of the strain on Greece

October-November 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — In spite of worsening weather on land and sea, the number of refugees from Syria and other war torn countries landing on the Greek isles this year has surpassed 500,000. Greece remains the busiest entry point for new sea arrivals in the Mediterranean. Overwhelmed Greek island authorities lack the resources ...

Syrian Refugees Flee War To Face Water Crisis

A Syrian refugee drinks safe water from a faucet in the El Rahmeh settlement in northern Lebanon. Access to safe water is a daily concern for refugee families living in makeshift camps with no running water or sanitation. IOCC is responding to the need in this camp of 2,100 refugees with newly installed water and sewer systems. photo: Paul Jeffrey/IOCC

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is working to protect the health and well-being of more than 4,300 of vulnerable Syrian refugees with improved access to safe water at two informal settlements in Lebanon. At El Rahmeh, a northern Lebanon settlement of 350 Syrian refugee families, IOCC drilled water wells and installed ...

SAVING SOLES FROM A DISABLING FOOT DISEASE IN ETHIOPIA

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August 2015 Adamena was a fresh-faced bride of 17 when she first noticed the swelling in her feet and legs. The teen never suspected that walking barefoot on the irritating volcanic soil so prevalent in her Ethiopian village could be causing her condition, podoconiosis, or podo for short. When it began to affect her appearance and ...

Patriarch John X Blesses Humanitarian Work of IOCC

July- August 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Speaking on behalf of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the United States of America as Episcopal Liaison to International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), Archbishop Nicolae of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas welcomed Patriarch John X of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the ...

IOCC Farm Project Reaps Food And Earning Power For West Bank Women

The freshly laid eggs that Rana gathers daily from her hen house not only help to feed her and her ailing mother, but also provide much needed income from egg sales at the farmer

July-August 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Four years ago Samira's husband was killed while farming his land in the West Bank, leaving her with seven children to support, little education and no source of income. "I was very afraid after the death of my husband, because I was alone," the 43-year-old widow recalled. "I never used ...

Syrian Refugees Surge Into Serbia Seeking Asylum

Syrian refugees gather outside of the police station in Presevo, Serbia, where they are waiting to be registered for assistance. Many have traveled more than 1,000 miles in their flight to freedom. IOCC, in cooperation with Red Cross of Serbia, is providing meals to the weary travelers as well as to local people in need. photo: Nenad Preleveic/IOCC

July 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — One thousand miles separate Syria and Serbia, but the desperation to flee their war-torn country is driving thousands of refugees from Syria, as well as some from Afghanistan and other countries to make the long and dangerous journey. Their trek is a combination of boats, buses, trains, and walking. Many ...

IOCC RESPONSE TO THE CRISIS IN SYRIA

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INTERESTED IN A CAREER WITH IOCC? Click here to learn more about job opportunities in Syria. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) supports one of the largest established networks to deliver life-saving humanitarian aid inside Syria where more than 10.8 million people are currently in need of assistance, 6.5 million of which are internally displaced. In addition to ...

IOCC Expands Relief To Greece’s Growing Poor

Athens residents patiently wait their turn for dry food parcels filled with a month

July 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Greece's rapidly declining economy has prompted the country's banks to close their doors, leaving millions of stunned families and elderly without access to their savings, wages, and pensions. The uncertain future brought on by the country's financial crisis is heightening the threat of hunger and poverty among the people of ...

IOCC Responds to Flash Flooding in Georgia

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June 2015- IOCC Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Torrential rains that fell on the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi on June 13 caused flash flooding along the Mtkvari River, resulting in the loss of life, extensive damage to homes, property and infrastructure in a matter of just a few hours. According to IOCC staff based in Tbilisi, ...

Assyrian Children Bear Scars Of War – Face New Challenges In Exile

Learning math and reading in French instead of their native Arabic has been a challenge for Syrian refugees Cynthia, 9, and her classmate, David, 8. They are among 128 Assyrian refugee students receiving IOCC assistance to continue their schooling in Lebanon. IOCC is providing more than 1,000 Assyrian Christian families exiled from their homes in Syria with food, housing assistance, and education support as they adjust to their new and unsettling status as refugees in Lebanon. photo: Ramzi Haidar/IOCC

June 2015- IOCC Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Desperate to flee the onslaught of violence surrounding his village near Hasakah, Syria, Charbel remembers how frightened he was when his family barely escaped their home before they saw it destroyed by their attackers. The 14-year-old Assyrian boy left behind all of his possessions, friends, and school, but still ...

Balkans Still Recovering One Year After Catastrophic Floods

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May 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — It's been a difficult year since record rainfall drenched the Balkans last spring, unleashing the worst flooding in more than 100 years and leaving a trail of destruction across Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. More than 70 people lost their lives, while hundreds of thousands of survivors had to evacuate as family ...

IOCC Responds To Victims Of Oklahoma Tornadoes

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May 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — A cluster of more than a dozen tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma City on Wednesday, destroying dozens of homes and seriously injuring 12 people. Heavy winds and rain have also battered Kansas, Nebraska, and Texas as well, causing more injuries, extensive property damage, and massive flooding as rivers and creeks rise ...

International Orthodox Christian Charities Recipient Of Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award For Excellence

May 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) was awarded the 2015 Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence recently at the annual Leadership 100 Conference held in Orlando, Florida. The award was initiated in 2003 to recognize outstanding Greek Orthodox and Greek American leaders or organizations who have demonstrated excellence in their careers ...

Nepal’s Earthquake Victims Face Homelessness And Hunger

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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 ...

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 Assists Syrian Christians Traumatized in Deadly Attack

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February- March 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Fleeing for their lives, more than 2,400 exhausted and traumatized Christians from northeastern Syria sought refuge in the towns of Hasakah and Qamishli after their small communities were terrorized this week. The attackers targeted a stretch of villages along the southern bank of the Khabour River, where they burned ...

IOCC & Ethiopian Orthodox Church Development Commission provides Aid to Sudanese Refugees

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March 2015 Exhausted Sudanese Refugees Struggle For Survival In New Land Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Thousands of South Sudanese families who fled the violence and bloodshed from their country's civil war now face new hardships as refugees in Ethiopia. More than 196,000 refugees, of which nearly two-thirds are children, have endured months of living out in open ...

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 ...

IOCC Expands Effort To Address Malnutrition In Greece With Aid To Agriculture Cooperatives

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February 2015 - IOCC The Jaharis Family Foundation, Inc. Announces Second $1 Million Challenge Grant. Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — With support from The Jaharis Family Foundation, Inc., International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) today announced a new program to assist the growing number of Greek families in search of work and opportunities in agriculture-related businesses. As many as ...

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 ...