Executive Summary
December 2006
Dear IOCC Supporter:

As we approach the end of the year, we look back with gratitude on all that IOCC accomplished through your generous support. You have made a significant difference in enabling IOCC to provide real hope and tangible aid to thousands in 16 countries across four continents.

This Executive Summary, which IOCC supporters will begin receiving on a monthly basis, offers a snapshot of just some of IOCC’s innovative and vital projects. We hope this initiative will allow you to stay in close touch with our mission.

As you prepare for the Feast of Christ’s Nativity, please consider making a tax-deductible year-end gift that will help IOCC reach places like Lebanon, the Holy Land, Kosovo, Ethiopia, Indonesia, and the Republic of Georgia — countries devastated by war, poverty, natural disaster and HIV/AIDs, but have still found hope and life-giving assistance through IOCC.

Thank you for your faithful support. May you have a blessed Nativity and New Year.

Yours in Christ,

Constantine M. Triantafilou
Executive Director & CEO

IOCC Receives $5.16 Million For Lebanon Development
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has received two grants from the United States Government to significantly expand its ongoing work to help Lebanon recover from the war. A grant of $3.46 million has been awarded to IOCC by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the repair and development of 154 public schools in southern Lebanon, the Beqaa valley, and Mount Lebanon. A $1.7 million extension grant from the U.S. Government’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) will expand IOCC’s current program to help returnees rebuild their lives in southern Lebanon and southern Beirut . . . . More

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Gulf Coast, Struggling But Not Forgotten
The media’s spotlight may have faded from the Gulf Coast, but International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has not forgotten that there are whole communities where people are still living in tents, motels and FEMA trailers. IOCC will be sending volunteer crews to the area every month through July 2007 to build new homes as part of its comprehensive $4 million relief and reconstruction program for the Gulf Coast. The first wave of IOCC volunteers have already completed a week-long assignment in Covington, Louisiana. . . . . . . More

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From Bethlehem to Jerusalem: Holy Land Schools Receive New Renovations
“Public schools are closed in the West Bank because the Palestinian Authority cannot pay the teachers’ salaries and the teachers are on strike. Children are out on the streets. Many parents go to these private Christian schools asking them to accept their children. They are accepted, but many do not have enough classroom space. This new IOCC program will upgrade classroom size. One school we are helping will be able to accept another 100 children because of the upgrade”. . . . . . . . More

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Return to Kosovo: IOCC Programs Continue as Province’s Status Remains Undecided
Having driven for hours by the scenic and lush farmlands of Serbia, a busload of IOCC staff and supporters arrive at the United Nations checkpoint where passports were inspected before permission could be granted to enter Kosovo. Crossing into Serbia’s troubled southern province may have had some risk, but Executive Director and CEO Constantine M. Triantafilou, and eleven IOCC supporters and staff, visited beneficiaries last September to demonstrate IOCC’s continuing commitment and solidarity with the people of Kosovo, even as the province’s final status was being discussed by diplomats in Vienna. . . . . . . More

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