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TSUNAMI Victims Get Relief Through IOCC/Church Efforts

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  • Bill Samsonoff
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      January 7, 2005


      Baltimore (IOCC) A global Orthodox Christian response, bolstered by a
      groundswell of charitable giving, is bringing life-sustaining assistance to
      some of the hardest hit victims of the South Asia tsunami.

      Urgently-needed items such as medicines, tents, blankets, foodstuffs
      and hygiene supplies are reaching tsunami victims through airlifts being
      supported by International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), a
      humanitarian aid agency of Orthodox Christians.

      At the same time, a team composed of IOCC staff from Greece and Hong
      Kong and local Indonesian church officials is gathering on the island of
      Sumatra to coordinate the growing response. The team s needs-assessment
      mission is a joint effort of IOCC and the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong
      Kong and Southeast Asia.

      The team will focus on the situation on the ground in and around
      Medan, the capital of North Sumatra Province in Indonesia, where the
      Metropolitanate has facilities and churches that can provide support to
      relief efforts there. Members of the team will coordinate with IOCC s
      longtime partners Church World Service (CWS) and Action by Churches
      Together (ACT).

      IOCC also is participating in ongoing CWS airlifts of humanitarian
      supplies valued at $4 million. The shipments contain 100 medicine boxes,
      each designed to provide routine medicines for 1,000 adults and children
      for three months, and other medical supplies; shelter and sanitation kits;
      blankets and emergency foodstuffs; and other critical supplies requested by
      IOCC partners in the region.

      We will continue to support these very concrete airlift efforts in
      the coming weeks, said IOCC Executive Director Constantine M. Triantafilou,
      along with Orthodox church-based efforts in the United States such as
      assembling and sending thousands of Gift of the Heart health and school kits.

      IOCC is encouraging Orthodox Christians to continue assembling health
      kits, which are urgently needed for shipment to the areas hardest hit by
      the tsunami. To learn more about assembling the health kits, please visit

      We are grateful for this unprecedented show of support, Triantafilou
      said, which will enable IOCC to meet the immediate needs of those affected
      and work toward long-term recovery and reconstruction.

      IOCC s partnership with the Metropolitanate, CWS and ACT, and local
      authorities will help ensure that relief efforts are effectively
      coordinated, he said.

      Donations for IOCC s Asia Disaster Response may be sent to IOCC, P.O.
      Box 630225, Baltimore, MD 21263-0225. Donations may also be made online at
      <http://www.iocc.org/>www.iocc.org or by calling toll-free 1-877-803-4622.


      For media inquiries, please contact IOCC Communications Associate Stephen
      Huba at 1-877-803-4622 or <mailto:shuba@...>shuba@....

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