International Orthodox Christian Charities 2018 Year in Review

Thank you for yet another year of service.

IOCC's humanitarian and development work continues because you are committed to it. That dedication to serving people in need is what you see in these pages. Its impact is what you see on the faces of those we serve.

Because of you, people facing hardship at home and abroad receive help and hope for a better future. Your support addresses fundamental human needs: food, water, shelter, access to basic medical services, a chance to earn a living, and so much more.

This is the work we do together. Thank you for all you do and all you give to keep it going.

In Christ,

Mark Stavropoulos, Chairman of the Board

Constantine Triantafilou, Executive Director & CEO

As a participant in IOCC’s Give for Greece program, Aroma Farms received a new mower and new packaging for their products. (Image: Erini Vourloumis)

How YOU Made a Difference in 2018

Albania • Bosnia and Herzegovina • Ethiopia • Georgia • Greece • Haiti • Holy Land • Jordan • Lebanon • Romania • Serbia, including Kosovo • Syria • Uganda • United States

Emergency Relief

  • In the US, more than 9,600 people facing crisis received emergency-relief services; over 1,100 received emergency kits or hygiene supplies
  • In Syria, over 275 homes were rebuilt or repaired, serving at least 1,400 people; and over 37,700 people received psychosocial support
  • More than 1,600 people in Greece, 200 people in the Holy Land, 300 in Romania and 600 in Serbia received emergency relief

Health & Nutrition

  • In Ethiopia, at least 2,400 people received treatment for chronic health conditions, and over 1,000 received rehabilitation, physiotherapy, disability aids, or other related assistance
  • In Georgia, more than 80 clinics and hospitals received pharmaceutical donations or medical supplies; so did 30 in Greece -- ultimately serving thousands

Agriculture & Food Security

  • In Greece, at least 11,000 people received basic food assistance (parcel, hot meal, cash, voucher); in Lebanon over 23,000 did
  • In Bosnia and Herzegovina, farming families increased their harvests by more than 6% and sales of their produce by more than 8% after training or other assistance

Water & Sanitation

  • In Ethiopia, about 172,900 people participated in IOCC hygiene-promotion sessions
  • In Lebanon, more than 40,000 people now have increased access to free or affordable drinking water; water-infrastructure repair and construction benefited at least 97,000 people

Economic Opportunity

  • More than 700 businesses in Bosnia and Herzegovina increased their revenue through equipment or technical support from IOCC
  • Over 45 people in the Holy Land, 130 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and 40 in Jordan increased their income or gained employment through IOCC programming


  • In Jordan, over 300 youth trained to improve their job prospects, while at least 675 adults completed nonvocational training
  • More than 160,000 students in Ethiopia 10,000 in Georgia, 10,000 in Greece, and 8,000 in Serbia received school supplies and other educational support
  • In Haiti, more than 275 students completed a year of school through IOCC-sponsored support

Volunteer-Led Fundraising

1,596 volunteers organized 71 fundraising events and 32 awareness events across 74 US cities last year.

Thank you!

Throughout the year, groups of dedicated volunteers help raise awareness about IOCC among Orthodox Christians and the general public—they introduce others to the IOCC mission, fundraise to support our programs, and explain how IOCC helps people in need.

Kits Around the World

In 2018, IOCC sent your emergency kits around the world:

  • Georgia: 4,800 school kits
  • Serbia: 1,620 school kits, and 3,180 hygiene kits
  • Syria: 9,990 school kits and 9,960 hygiene kits
  • United States: 300 school kits, 1,140 hygiene kits, and 1,120 cleanup buckets to Florida and North Carolina
Emergency kits are small packages of essential supplies assembled in the United States and shipped to people in need around the world.

US Orthodox Disaster Response

Last year, 254 US volunteers mucked out 69 houses and rebuilt or repaired 15 homes. They clocked more than 7,301 hours! And 18 Frontliners responded in 7 areas, offering emotional support to disaster survivors.

Join us at an upcoming build in Houston, TX or Daytona Beach, FL. Click below for more information or to register.

IOCC Volunteers providing help to rebuild, disaster cleanup, and emotional and spiritual care.

Your support served 1,675,117 people in 2018!

Summary of Audited Consolidated Activities

January 1 - December 31, 2018

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