Executive Summary
June 2007

+Memory Eternal+
Kathryn Irene Evans
1976 - 2007

Dear IOCC Supporters:

The IOCC family was saddened over the recent death of our colleague, Katie Evans, HIV/AIDS project manager in Romania. Katie was killed by a bear in the Carpathian Mountains outside of Bucharest while hiking with five others on a weekend trip. A bright young woman with a promising future, she had served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bangladesh before joining IOCC Romania as an intern in 2006. Upon completing her Master of Science in Public Health from Florida International University that same year, Katie accepted her current position with IOCC. “What could have been an awkward transition was seamless, which says a lot about how Katie did her job. She did not preach to people or speak to them in a condescending way. She just understood and listened,” said IOCC Director of Operations Matthew Parry.

The entire IOCC family sends our thoughts and prayers to Katie’s husband, John, and to her family.

May Her Memory Be Eternal,

Constantine M. Triantafilou
Executive Director and CEO

Africa Expansion

IOCC Ethiopia has completed the construction of a medical clinic in Woliso, a western highlands town of Ethiopia approximately 77 miles from the capital city of Addis Ababa. “This new clinic will mean new access for people who have virtually no access to basic medical care for some of the most common and deadliest African diseases such as malaria, typhoid dysentery, and hepatitis,” said IOCC Head of Office Tom Kivlan. Mothers will receive prenatal and postnatal care, said Kivlan, something most African women do without. The clinic was constructed in partnership with the Ladies Philoptochos Society of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

GIK for Middle East Operations

Two key Gifts-In-Kind (GIK) shipments for IOCC projects in the Middle East arrived at their destinations in June. A shipment containing 43,000 school kits (value, $350,000) was delivered to Jerusalem and distributed by IOCC and its partner, American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA). The school kits, donated by Lutheran World Relief (LWR), will complement IOCC’s USAID-funded program to renovate nine schools in the West Bank. A 40-foot container of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals (value, $448,000) was delivered to the Jordanian Ministry of Health. The supplies and pharmaceuticals, obtained by Medical Teams International (MTI), are being distributed among healthcare facilities in the city of Madaba near Amman.

IOCC on the U.S. Gulf Coast
Since November 2006, 200 IOCC volunteers representing parishes from Greek Orthodox, Carpatho-Russian, Antiochian and Orthodox Church in America jurisdictions put in 1,000 work days helping to build 43 Habitat for Humanity homes on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Several volunteers were IOCC staff members including Chief Financial Officer Tammy Segall (pictured above, extreme right) who joined a work crew in Covington, Louisiana that included members of Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF). Accompanying Segall were her sorority sisters from her alma mater, the University of Maryland, and her daughter, Jessica.

Celebrating IOCC’s 15th Anniversary
“Our parish priest got us involved with IOCC when it was first launched. It didn’t take long for some of the great news about what you were doing to reach us. I especially feel for the IOCC staff who are working in Lebanon and the Middle East. They are doing a great job just by being there. The microloan programs are fantastic; only $200 and you can make a world of difference in people’s lives. We are impressed with the fact that the money we give can be leveraged by IOCC to get government funding. We’re very proud to be part of this great organization — even in a small way.”

James and Vassiliki Montgomery
Gulf Breeze, FL
(IOCC Supporters Since 1992)

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