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Source: Orthodox Church in America Dream Centers offer Children, Families Safe Spaces, Support Overcoming Trauma BALTIMORE, MD [IOCC] – International Orthodox Christian Charities [IOCC] is launching a new fundraising campaign, aiming to raise $250,000 for programming that supports children and families who have survived trauma and tragedy in Syria. Children are among the millions affected by the conflict in Syria, including many displaced in their own country. Whether through exposure to violence or the loss of a home, family member, and stable daily life, children are especially susceptible to mental distress and uncertainty about the future. Working with Church partner the Greek…

Source: Orthodox Church in America BALTIMORE, MD [IOCC] With the season of Great Lent upon us, International Orthodox Christian Charities recently released a printed booklet of weekly reflections on the theme of service as a vocation. Designed for use by Orthodox Christians during the Great Fast, the booklet opens with a message on “the work of love” from His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicolae of the Romanian Orthodox Metropolia of the Americas, liaison bishop to IOCC from the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. Reflections follow for each Sunday of Lent, penned by IOCC staff members based in the…

Source: The National Herald By TNH Staff BALTIMORE, MD – From October 2017 through February 2018, IOCC supporters gave more than $1.2 million under the Jaharis Family Foundation Inc.’s $1 million matching challenge to help people in need in Greece, IOCC announced on May 1. In October 2017, IOCC announced the foundation’s challenge, issued to help support emergency and development projects in Greece. The Jaharis Family Foundation Inc. offered to match donations to IOCC’s Give for Greece program, dollar for dollar, up to $1 million. IOCC issued a call for donations, and supporters across the country and the world responded.…

Source: Hellenic News of America July 8, 2016 (Baltimore, MD)  — As torrential rain pummeled parts of West Virginia and threatened a new round of flooding, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) remains on the ground providing emotional and spiritual care and deploying IOCC volunteer clean-up crews to the hard hit towns of Clendenin and Rainelle. His Grace Bishop Thomas of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic visited the affected area to offer encouragement to parishioners impacted by the floods and called upon the Orthodox faithful to extend a helping hand to their neighbors in need…

Source: International Orthodox Christian Charities International Orthodox Christian Charities Response to the Crisis 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 12.2 million people are currently in need of assistance, 7.6 million of which are internally displaced. In addition to its work inside Syria, IOCC staff is working regionally to address the growing needs of more than 4 million refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Armenia, Greece, and Serbia, as well as people in need in those host countries. Responding to one of the worst…

Source: International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is responding to the urgent needs of the Ukraine conflict’s most vulnerable victims with emergency food assistance for 900 children under age three living in areas directly affected by the violence in Eastern Ukraine. Nearly two years of armed conflict has driven 1.5 million Ukrainian people from their homes. UNICEF estimates that nearly 180,000 of those displaced are children. Among the most severely impacted are infants and toddlers, as well as mothers with special needs children. As Ukraine’s brief autumn turns into winter, the living…

Source: International Orthodox Christian Charities Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — More than 50 Orthodox Christian high school students representing over 30 different dioceses under the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the United States of America gathered this summer in Minneapolis and Chicago for two Serv-X-Treme! conferences. Participants strengthened their understanding of Christ-centered service and Orthodox Christian philanthropy through theoretical and hands-on service activities at the week-long gatherings. “Being given the opportunity to practice my faith in so many different environments was truly a blessing,” said participant Dimitri Godur of Miami, Florida. “Our projects and discussions truly gave me a different…

Source: International Orthodox Christian Charities Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Last week’s attacks on Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp just outside of Damascus, Syria, has left nearly 20,000 of its residents trapped with little access to food, water, electricity or outside aid. The UN has described the conditions there as “beyond inhumane” and is calling for full protection of civilians and humanitarian access. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) with its church partner in Syria, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, is assessing the urgent needs of displaced families that managed to escape, and is prepared to provide…

Source: International Orthodox Christian Charities 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 fields with little shelter from the searing sun, torrential rains, and floods that washed away the few possessions they managed to cling to in flight. Stagnant water and poor sanitation created a breeding ground for cholera and other infectious diseases, and threaten the health of children already weakened by…

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