The following are selected highlights from among IOCC's projects.
photo by IOCC
SYRIA RESPONSE Syria's children have lost their homes, belongings and innocence to civil war. Access to education, the key to a better future for Syria’s children, is also at risk. IOCC and its church partner in Syria, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East (GOPA), are working to protect it by providing remedial classes, school uniforms, and most recently, more than 40,000 school and hygiene kits to vulnerable children at four Damascus schools. IOCC counselors are also helping Syrian children learn how to deal with their fears and worries about the war by using art and music to help them express their feelings.
photo by Dragan Isaretovic/IOCC
BALKANS FLOOD RELIEF Survivors of the Balkans worst floods in 120 years face the slow and costly process of starting over. IOCC is helping families in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina return to their homes as quickly as possible by providing them with the tools and supplies needed to clean and disinfect homes exposed to stagnant water, a potential breeding ground for diseases and other public health threats, and building materials to repair homes and make them safe to live in again.
photo by Mark Hodde/IOCC
USA Deacon John Charest, a teacher at the St. Sava Academy in Chicago, helps a schoolgirl select a storybook from a table filled with newly donated reading materials. Youngsters from some of the city's most impoverished Southside neighborhoods gathered with local religious leaders at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Chicago to dedicate more than 10,000 new books provided by IOCC. The reading materials will benefit thousands of schoolchildren participating in after-school enrichment opportunities, mentoring and summer learning programs in the Chicago area.
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