July 27, 2006
Baltimore, Md. (IOCC) As Lebanon and Gaza continue to receive attacks on civilian infrastructure with hundreds of thousands fleeing their homes, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) staff is on the ground coordinating food, medical and hygiene supplies.
IOCC will deliver to St. George Orthodox Hospital in Beirut two “New Emergency Health Kits” of 48 boxes containing medicines, IV fluids and disposable supplies expected to aid 20,000 patients over a 3 month period. The kits, worth approximately $100,000, have been donated by Northwest Medical Teams and are assembled in accordance with emergency aid standards set by the World Health Organization.
IOCC Beirut staff is purchasing and assembling Family Food and Family Hygiene parcels for those who have fled their homes in Southern Lebanon and are now crowded into public schools, parks and other areas. In addition, Church World Service will provide to IOCC a container worth $100,000 in supplies including 5,000 hygiene kits, 500 water containers and wool blankets.
IOCC, which has been involved in Lebanon since 2001 with a USDA-funded Food for Education program, will use its network of public schools as distribution centers for thousands who need these basic life-preserving supplies.
Gaza, which is experiencing near daily artillery fire and aerial bombardment, is reporting scarcity of water, food, and medicine. IOCC, which has been implementing an emergency response program in Gaza, recently announced a $90,000 (70,000 euro) donation by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs to continue its provision of child and adult medicines, medical examinations, and nutritional supplements through local hospitals.
“We urge the Orthodox in America, and all those concerned about the escalating humanitarian crisis in both Lebanon and Gaza, to support IOCC’s $500,000 Emergency Appeal for the Middle East,” says IOCC CEO Constantine M. Triantafilou. “The most effective way people can assist relief efforts is by making a direct cash contribution that will allow us to continue to acquire and transport these life-saving supplies.”
To make an online contribution, click here or call toll free 1-877-803-IOCC (4622).
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