IOCC, Metropolitanate Establish Joint Office

Hong Kong (October 4, 2002) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia have begun a joint effort to establish a fully functioning Office of Philanthropy for Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.

The office will coordinate Orthodox humanitarian programs in Southeast Asia, expanding IOCC’s efforts on behalf of some of the most vulnerable communities in the world. And it will build on the cooperation that already exists between IOCC and the Metropolitanate in places such as Calcutta, India.

The joint office is being formed with the blessing of Metropolitan Nikitas of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, a longtime supporter of IOCC. Wherever it works, IOCC seeks to support and enable the humanitarian outreach of the Orthodox Church.

Currently, the Metropolitanate is involved in humanitarian projects in India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. The Office of Philanthropy is part of a new initiative that will increase the humanitarian witness of Orthodox Christianity in Southeast Asia.

Leading the effort for the Metropolitanate will be Christopher Ebe, who has joined its staff as humanitarian assistance officer. Ebe will oversee all aspects of philanthropic work undertaken by the Metropolitanate.

Joining him in the near future will be the Rev. Gabriel Rehatta, a native of Jakarta, Indonesia, who currently is an Honors Intern with IOCC. A graduate of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and Holy Cross School of Theology, Fr. Gabriel will serve the Office of Philanthropy in the area of program management.

As the main contact person for all charitable activities, Ebe will work closely with donors, volunteers, recipients and the news media to further the mission of the joint office. Prior to leaving for Hong Kong, Ebe spent a week of training at IOCC’s headquarters in Baltimore.

Born in the United States, Ebe holds a bachelor of arts in International Studies from Fordham University. He interned with the United Nations in New York in 1998. From 1999-2000 he was an Economic Vitality Fellow with the Sonoma County (California) Economic Development Board. From 2000-2002 he worked with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, a major Wall Street law firm, in its New York and Hong Kong offices.

Ebe twice served as a volunteer counselor for the Ionian Village program of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. In the past few years, he has traveled extensively around the world. Besides his native English, Ebe is proficient in Greek and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Mandarin.

Founded in 1992, IOCC is the official humanitarian aid agency of Orthodox Christians.