IOCC Delivers Emergency Supplies to Typhoon-Battered Philippines
October 15, 2009
Baltimore, Md. (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is coordinating the delivery of hygiene kits that will assist over 3,000 survivors of Typhoons Ketsana and Parma, which struck the Philippines in late September. The subsequent floods and mudslides killed hundreds and an estimated 2.5 million people are either homeless or in need of emergency aid.

This latest effort by IOCC is part of its response to a series of natural disasters – multiple typhoons, earthquakes and a tsunami – that recently hit Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Whole communities have been destroyed with thousands killed or injured and millions left homeless in the wake of the destruction.
HELP SPEED RELIEF TO
THE PHILIPPINES TODAY!
Filipino children wade through knee-deep mud in Monralban, Philippines following Typhoon Ketsana. IOCC is coordinating the delivery of hygiene kits for 3,300 survivors in the Northern Luzon area and working with the Orthodox Church to provide medicine, food and clothing to 500 survivors in the Manila area. (Photo credit: ALANAH M. TORRALBA/epa/Corbis)
Heart to Heart International (HHI), a medical humanitarian organization, is providing the hygiene kits and shipping them through their partnership with FedEx. Lutheran World Relief (LWR) will receive the kits in the Philippines and distribute them in the Northern Luzon area, giving priority to families headed by women.

IOCC is also working through the Orthodox Church in the hard-hit province of Rizal to deliver emergency supplies to victims. IOCC has provided enough food, clothing and medicines to assist nearly 500 survivors through the relief efforts of the Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Manila.

You can help the victims of disasters around the world, like the Asia Pacific Disasters, by making a financial gift to the IOCC International Emergency Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief as well as long-term support through the provision of emergency aid, recovery assistance and other support to help those in need. To make a gift, please visit www.iocc.org, call toll free at 1-877-803-IOCC (4622), or mail a check or money order payable to IOCC, P.O. Box 17398, Baltimore, Md. 21297-0429.

IOCC, founded in 1992 as the official humanitarian aid agency of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), has implemented over $300 million in relief and development programs in 33 countries around the world.

Media: Contact Amal Morcos at 410-243-9820 or (cell) 443-823-3489.

IOCC Mobilizes Aid for
Asia Pacific Disasters
October 9, 2009
Baltimore, Md. (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is part of a coordinated international effort to bring relief to the thousands that have been displaced by Typhoon Ketsana in the Philippines and the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that devastated western Sumatra in Indonesia.

Typhoon Ketsana struck the Philippines on September 26 and the subsequent floods and mudslides killed hundreds and displaced thousands. IOCC is working through the Orthodox Church in the hard-hit province of Rizal to deliver emergency supplies to victims. “We cannot be blind to the difficulties of the victims, because we are right where the action is,” says Father Yitzhak Monsanto of the Manila Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church. IOCC is providing an initial grant that will deliver enough food, clothing and medicines to assist nearly 500 survivors.
Residents push their makeshift rafts loaded with their belongings in the town of San Pedro, Laguna province south of Manila on September 30, 2009 as they scramble to leave their flooded houses in anticipation of another tropical storm. (photo credit: TED ALJIBE AFP/Getty Images)
In Indonesia, the earthquake that struck western Sumatra on September 30 caused major damage to the provincial capital of Padang and killed more than 700. Nearly 1 million are homeless and thousands are being treated for injuries.

IOCC is in contact with its Orthodox partners in Sumatra to coordinate a possible relief and recovery response. And, as a member of Action by Churches Together (ACT), IOCC is supporting its ecumenical partners who are currently on the ground in the Padang area providing mobile medical units, high protein food kits and hygiene supplies. As the scope of the disaster in Indonesia becomes more clear, IOCC will continue to coordinate its response with these members to determine the best course of action, likely to include the direct delivery of medical supplies into Padang.

“Those who have survived the devastation throughout Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands now need life-saving medicine, food and water, but because of the sanitary conditions – and with many survivors sleeping in the open – time is critical,” says IOCC Development Director Dan Christopulos.

IOCC Responds to String of Disasters in Asia Pacific Region
October 1, 2009
Baltimore, Md. (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is responding to a string of disasters that are affecting millions of people in the Asia Pacific region and have already taken hundreds of lives.

Damaging floods and mudslides caused by Typhoon Ketsana struck the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia, causing hundreds of deaths and displacing thousands of families on September 26. Meanwhile, whole villages in Samoa have been devastated by a tsunami that was triggered by a massive 8.0 earthquake on September 29. A second earthquake measuring a magnitude 7.6 on the Indonesian island of Sumatra has killed hundreds and injured thousands, and caused significant damage.

Two other typhoons appear to be moving towards the Philippines later this week and significant aftershocks are being experienced in Indonesia.

IOCC has mobilized its disaster response team and is coordinating with our Orthodox and Ecumenical partners to monitor and respond to the emerging needs.

“We pray for those who have perished, their families and those who have been affected by these disasters,” says IOCC Executive Director Constantine Triantafilou. “We are working with our partners to provide emergency relief and the long-term care that will be necessary to restore the many countries and communities that have been affected.”

IOCC IS Effective and Efficient
IOCC has an outstanding record of stewardship. When you give to IOCC, you can give confidently knowing that IOCC is committed to maintaining low administrative costs so that more funds can go directly to helping people in need. Approximately 92% of IOCC’s resources are spent on humanitarian relief and development programs with only 8% for fundraising and administrative costs. Plus, every dollar you give helps IOCC secure $7 in support from governments, foundations and other sources. Read More
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Program Services – 92%
Fundraising &
Administrative – 8%

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