IOCC Delivers Emergency Supplies to Typhoon-Battered Philippines

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)

Baltimore, MD (October 15, 2009) — 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.

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, 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.