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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.oca.org/news/1873 New Grant Broadens Romanian Orthodox Church s Social Services Posted 06/29 [Baltimore, MD/ IOCC] -- International Orthodox
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      http://www.oca.org/news/1873

      New Grant Broadens Romanian Orthodox Church's Social Services

      Posted 06/29

      [Baltimore, MD/ IOCC] -- International Orthodox Christian Charities
      [IOCC] is launching a new program to increase the capacity of the
      Romanian Orthodox Church to more effectively help Romanian
      communities achieve economic sustainability and overcome severe
      social issues. The new program is made possible through a .6 million
      grant from the Romanian Ministry of Labor, Family and Equal
      Opportunity and the European Union.

      Romania, one of the newest members of the European Union, has
      tremendous human and natural resources, though it lags far behind the
      rest of Europe in jobs and income level. Access to health care is
      inadequate in many rural areas. The two-year program will help the
      Church become a key player in providing social services and in
      creating new jobs and improving education and health care.

      "Our continuing collaboration with the Patriarchate of Romania has
      risen to a new level with the inauguration of this grant to further
      strengthen the capacity of the Church to offer social services
      benefitting all Romanians," said Constantine M. Triantafilou, IOCC
      Executive Director and CEO. "The power of this partnership lies in
      developing systems and capacities based entirely upon local
      realities, needs, and resources," he continued.

      IOCC is well experienced in assisting the Romanian Orthodox Church to
      be an agent for social change. Since 2005, over 2 million Romanians
      have been educated in the prevention of HIV/AIDS and family violence
      through a program that IOCC implemented with funding from the United
      States Agency for International Development [USAID]. IOCC trained
      project coordinators who in turn trained over 1,200 priests and
      almost 1,000 religion teachers to reach youth and families with
      prevention strategies.

      You can help IOCC broaden the capacity of the Romanian Orthodox
      Church to reach the most vulnerable members of Romanian society by
      supporting this project. Visit www.iocc.org, call IOCC toll free at
      1-877-803-4622, or mail a check or money order payable to "IOCC" and
      write "Romania" in the memo line to: IOCC, P.O. Box 630225,
      Baltimore, MD 21263-0225.

      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 0 million in relief and development
      programs in more than 33 countries around the world. IOCC opened an
      office in Romania in 2000 to launch a number of emergency and
      development projects benefiting the nation's at-risk families and children.
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