IOCC Provides Greece with Emergency Supply to Feed 53,000 Head of Livestock

The Peloponnese, Greece (September 7, 2007) — The plan to bring relief to the farmers of Greece is underway with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) beginning its distribution of 170 metric tons of animal feed on Saturday. IOCC will provide farmers with an emergency supply of animal feed for small (sheep, goats, pigs) and large livestock (horses, bulls, cows) — a total of 53,000 head of livestock.

IOCC will begin by distributing 150 metric tons of animal feed to 54 villages in the Province of Ileia. IOCC will distribute the feed through five centers of the Province (Zaharo, Krestena, Andritsena, Alfira, Foloi). IOCC’s distribution will compliment the commodities being provided by the Greek government allowing for a greater variety of animal feed. An additional 20 metric tons of feed will be delivered directly to farmers in isolated mountain villages who are unable to reach the distribution centers. IOCC is coordinating this distribution with local Orthodox churches.

Nenad Prelevic, based in IOCC’s Belgrade office, is in Greece overseeing the distribution. “Whatever farmers were saving for the winter they have to use now which is why IOCC is concentrating on providing animal feed, one of the greatest needs after the fires,” said Prelevic.

IOCC Executive Director & CEO Constantine M. Triantafilou, in Greece over the past week to assess the damage and plan for IOCC’s long term recovery work, described the devastation. “The mountains in the distance look white as if dusted by snow but when the wind blows you realize it is all grey ash,” he said. Triantafilou met with authorities and with villagers who lost livestock and homes. He assured them that Orthodox Christians in America will continue to respond to the crisis in Greece.

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 $250 million in relief and development programs in 33 countries around the world.

To help in providing emergency relief, call IOCC’s donation hotline toll-free at 1-877-803-4622, click here to donate on-line, or mail a check or money order payable to “IOCC” and write “Greece Fires” in the memo line to: IOCC, P.O. Box 17398, Baltimore, Md. 21297-0429.