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IOCC RESPONSE TO THE CRISIS IN SYRIA
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) supports one of the largest established networks to deliver life-saving humanitarian aid inside Syria where more than 10.8 million people are currently in need of assistance, 6.5 million of which are internally displaced. In addition to its work inside Syria, IOCC staff is working regionally to address the growing needs of more than 2.9 million refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Armenia as well as people in need in those host countries.

Responding to one of the worst humanitarian and refugee crises in history, IOCC is one of the few international nongovernmental organizations working on the ground in 27 offices across Syria to provide aid to people who have been displaced inside the country by the civil war. In providing this aid, IOCC works in close partnership with the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East.

Since February 2012, IOCC has provided relief to more than 1.6 million people inside Syria affected by the crisis through programs that include:

EMERGENCY AID — Distribution of dry food parcels, infant care kits, clothing, mattresses, blankets, and bedding.

SHELTER — Rent assistance; repair/renovation of shelters for women and children – some of whom have been displaced several times as the conflict has escalated and expanded.

HEALTH — Assisting families with unmet medical needs by covering their costs for essential medicine or minor surgical procedures; distributing family hygiene kits to help maintain health where crowded conditions and lack of water have led to a sharp rise in scabies and other public health problems.

AID TO INFANTS & CHILDREN — Reducing maternal and newborn morbidity through pre-natal and post-natal care; access to care at health facilities or deliveries with a skilled birth attendant; and infant care and nutrition programs.

EDUCATION — Enabling children to continue their education by providing school uniforms and supplies; access to remedial classes; and rehabilitating schools to improve the learning environment.

PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT — Helping displaced Syrians overcome their traumatic experiences through adult workshops on stress management and building self-esteem; art and music therapy to help traumatized children express their feelings.

WATER, SANITATION, and HYGIENE (WASH) — Minimizing a public health threat from Syria’s severely damaged infrastructure by repairing wells and water systems to provide access to safe water; renovating sanitation facilities; installing water storage tanks and water filters; and conducting classes on good hygiene practices.

ECONOMIC RECOVERY/LIVELIHOODS — Through Cash for Work programs, IOCC is addressing loss of jobs and family income with jobs for displaced Syrians on community projects such as repairing schools and shelters, cleaning up public spaces, and sewing uniforms for school children.

How You Can Help

Your support can help even more families get the food, shelter and support they need to survive this crisis and others around the world. IOCC is urging the public to pray for our neighbors in need, and to assist by assembling personal hygiene kits and infant kits for distribution to displaced families. Instructions for preparing Emergency Kits may be found at: www.iocc.org/kits

You can also help the victims of poverty and conflicts around the world, like those in Syria, by making a financial gift to the International Emergency Response Fund which will provide immediate relief, as well as long-term support through the provision of emergency aid, recovery assistance and other support to help those in need. To make a gift, please visit www.iocc.org or call toll free at 1-877-803-IOCC (4622), or mail a check or money order payable to IOCC, P.O. Box 17398, Baltimore, MD 21297.

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Stories About The Syrian Crisis

2014   |   2013   |   2012


2014

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IOCC Assists Displaced Syrians Fleeing Embattled Kessab

Community Kitchen Addresses Malnutrition Facing Syrian Refugee Families

Syria's Healthcare System Latest War Casualty

Syrians Evacuated From Homs Arrive Weak And Traumatized

IOCC Assists in Evacuation of Syrians Fleeing Homs

Winter Weather Exposes Syrian Refugees in Jordan to More Hardship

Healing The Hidden Wounds Of War In Syria

2013

Syria's Displaced Gain Income And Dignity From Cash For Work Program

Syrian Families From Historic Christian Town Seek Relief And Refuge From Fighting

Call for Help in Syria Grows More Urgent

IOCC Aid Helps Newly Displaced Families In Syria As Need Continues To Grows

Frightened And Fatigued After Grueling Journey, Displaced Syrians In As-Suwayda, Syria Receive IOCC Aid

IOCC Reaches Syrian Families Unable To Flee To Safety

Jordanian Families Strain Under Weight Of Syrian Refugee Crisis

Alone In A Foreign Land, Syrian Refugees Face New Fears And Sacrifices

IOCC Relief Expands Reach To Syrian Refugees In Iraq

Samer Laham of The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All The East Named 2013 InterAction Humanitarian of The Year

Orthodox Bishops Abducted Near Aleppo In Northern Syria

Born Into Uncertainty, Syria's Youngest Refugees Struggle To Survive

Plight Of Syrian Refugee Mothers Focus Of IOCC Aid


2012

IOCC Delivers Winter Relief To Syria's Displaced Families

Anguished and Isolated, Syrian Refugee Children Bear Scars of Conflict

IOCC Expands Relief Efforts in Syria

IOCC Helps Ease Trauma Of Displaced Syrian Families

IOCC Aid Reaches Syria's Youngest Refugees

Humanitarian Need Grows For Syrian Families Caught In New Surge Of Violence

IOCC Responds To Urgent Needs Of Syrian Families

IOCC To Help Ease Plight Of Displaced Syrian Families


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