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05 Feb 2016 description

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is responding to the urgent needs of families in Ethiopia suffering through the most severe drought in 30 years. More than 10 million people face severe hunger and loss of livestock across the dry and barren plains of western Ethiopia.

19 Dec 2015 description

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) today announced that they are preparing to release emergency funds to respond to the urgent needs of people affected by the worst drought in Ethiopia in decades. IOCC, an ACT Alliance member, is working in collaboration with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Development and Inter-Church Aid Commission to alleviate suffering caused by widespread drought conditions in southern and eastern regions of Ethiopia.

10 Mar 2015 description

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Thousands of South Sudanese families who fled the violence and bloodshed from their country's civil war now face new hardships as refugees in Ethiopia. More than 196,000 refugees, of which nearly two-thirds are children, have endured months of living out in open fields with little shelter from the searing sun, torrential rains, and floods that washed away the few possessions they managed to cling to in flight.

31 Mar 2014 description

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Nygnwak, 30, and her seven family members are among the more than 80,000 South Sudanese who have sought refuge in Ethiopia since fleeing inter-ethnic conflict that erupted in their own country last December. The refugees' makeshift shelters in open fields provide little protection to the elements and no access to clean water or sanitation.

02 Jul 2013 description

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Hardship and tragedy had aged Noor well beyond a woman in her late twenties. She and her husband had left their village in Syria for Jordan to flee the violence and bloodshed. On their way to the border her husband was killed, leaving Noor a widowed refugee with a six-month-old infant to care for alone.

11 Jan 2012 description

As the young refugee children of Somalia's famine begin to regain their strength under the watchful care of international relief organizations, many are heading back to class in one of the several elementary schools existing in the refugee camp of Bokolomanyo and other nearby camps in Dolo Ado, Ethiopia. For their older brothers and sisters, the nearest high school is more than 60 miles away leaving displaced refugee families desperate to find an accessible and safe place for their adolescent sons and daughters to complete their education.

30 Nov 2011 description

As church liturgy concludes at St. Mikael's Church in Assela, Ethiopia, loudspeakers announce the availability of free HIV testing for couples and pregnant women. Mesay, a 30-year-old expectant mother dressed in her Sunday best, steps over to the nearby tent to be tested for the HIV virus for the first time. Older women volunteers, trusted members of the community, mill about the crowd and encourage other mothers and couples to get tested for the well-being of their family's future.

06 Oct 2011 description

As record drought and famine continue to threaten the lives of more than 13 million people in the Horn of Africa, it is the children who suffer the most. More than 600,000 suffer from life-threatening malnutrition. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) takes you inside the refugee camps of Dolo Ado in Ethiopia for a firsthand look at how IOCC is putting your support into action, trying to save the lives of famine's most vulnerable victims.

17 Aug 2011 description

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — As more than 120,000 people fleeing famine in Somalia crowd into the Dollo Ado refugee camps in Ethiopia, the lack of adequate sanitation is creating a breeding ground for measles, cholera, and other diseases. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) in cooperation with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Development and Inter Church Aid Commission (EOC-DICAC) is taking action to improve sanitation conditions and help avert the spread of disease among the refugees.

12 Aug 2011 description

This Somali family walked for five days to reach the Dollo Ado Refugee camps in Ethiopia. As many as 1000 people every day cross from Somalia into Ethiopia fleeing famine, which has now been declared in five areas in southern Somalia and is expected to spread across all regions of the south in the coming four to six weeks. IOCC is in Ethiopia assisting local relief partners with efforts to bring food, water and medical care to the severely malnourished famine victims, most of which are women and young children.

22 Jul 2011 description

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Responding to the United Nations announcement declaring a famine in two regions of Somalia, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), in cooperation with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Development and Inter Church Aid Commission (EOC-DICAC), is delivering financial assistance to provide critically needed healthcare support for millions of people in the Horn of Africa suffering through one of the worst droughts in history.

01 Dec 2010 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (IOCC) - At eighteen years old, Tilahun is barely an adult, but he is already almost middle-aged.

Tilahun lost his brother and father to AIDS in a country where the disease has claimed the lives of millions of people and lowered the life expectancy to 48 years.

08 Jul 2010 description

Baltimore, MD - International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) received strong support on Tuesday from the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, which presented IOCC with an $80,000 check for its aid to earthquake-ravaged Haiti, and another gift of $40,000 for IOCC projects around the world.

30 Apr 2010 description

Sara Tomczyk/IOCC Ethiopia

Addis Ababa - Lidya grew up on a small farm in southern Ethiopia and spent sunny afternoons playing barefoot in the fields. At 13, she began noticing a slight swelling in her feet. For a year Lidya hid this swelling from her family and school friends under long skirts. However, the swelling continued and a painful oozing wound appeared between her toes.

25 Jul 2007 description

IOCC Announces the Completion of a Medical Clinic in Ethiopia's Western Highlands

Addis Ababa (IOCC) - Modern medical care for expectant mothers is nonexistent in many parts of Africa. But the residents of Woliso, Ethiopia will now be able to receive such care along with preventive medicine for malaria, typhoid, dysentery, and other common African ailments.

23 Sep 2005 description

Baltimore, Md. (IOCC) - At a meeting of its National Board, held in Boston, Mass. on September 17, 2005, the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society committed its support for a $60,000 project to develop a medical clinic and school in Ambo, Ethiopia to be constructed by International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) in cooperation with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

23 Sep 2005 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (IOCC) - IOCC staff in Ethiopia presented a shipment of 30,000 books and instructional materials valued at more than $1.3 million to His Holiness Abune Paulos, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, in a ceremony held at Holy Trinity Elementary school which is run by the Church, on Sept. 22, 2005.

27 Apr 2004 description

Baltimore (IOCC) - When David Mesfin ponders the great needs in Ethiopia, he's glad that International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is seeking long-term solutions for his homeland.

25 Feb 2004 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (IOCC) - In an agreement described as historic, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church have launched a new partnership to fight AIDS in Ethiopia.

28 Jan 2004 description

In Ethiopia, a country with an ancient Christian heritage and the third largest number of HIV-positive people in the world, the customary greeting from an Orthodox priest to his parishioners has become, "May God save you and your family from AIDS."