Volume 13, No. 1
Spring 2010
IOCC and Romanian Orthodox Church
to Broaden Assistance to Romanians
IOCC staff meet with officials of the Romanian Orthodox Church to review plans for their new partnership that aims to broaden the Church's ability to effectively help Romanian communities overcome severe social issues. Pictured in the center is Father Dorel Motoc, Patriarchate Counselor, and (center right) Cosmin Grigorescu, executive director of Federation Filantropia. (Photo credit: IOCC Romania)
Baltimore, MD — IOCC Executive Director and CEO Constantine Triantafilou recently traveled to Romania for the launch of IOCC's new partnership with the Romanian Orthodox Church (ROC). The $1.5 million program is designed to broaden the Church's ability to effectively help Romanian communities overcome severe social issues. Triantafilou met with church officials including Bishop Ciprian Câmpineanul, the Patriarchal Vicar and the President of Filantropia, the Church's humanitarian arm.

"In meetings with His Grace Bishop Ciprian and the leadership of Filantropia, it was clear that there is a shared enthusiasm for this new program and the significant investment in the Romanian people that it represents," said Triantafilou. "Whether the Church is providing emergency supplies to villages that have been flooded or building new schools, Church clergy and administrators will receive important training in strategic planning, financial stewardship, and program monitoring," he continued.

The new program has been made possible through the Romanian Ministry of Labor, Family and Equal Opportunity and co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) through the Sectorial Operational Program for Human Resources Development 2007-2013. It is the largest program in IOCC's Strategic Plan specifically dedicated to strengthening the Orthodox Church's administrative, financial and programming ability to respond to the needs of underprivileged Romanians.

Romania, one of the newest members of the European Union, has tremendous human and natural resources, though it lags far behind the rest of Europe in jobs and income level. Access to healthcare is inadequate in many rural areas. The two-year program will help the Church become a key player in responding to natural disasters and in creating new jobs and in improving education and health care.

IOCC and the Romanian Orthodox Church are well suited to the task. Since 2005, over 2 million Romanians have been educated in the prevention of HIV/AIDS and family violence through a program that IOCC and the Romanian Orthodox Church implemented with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Learn more at iocc.org/Romania

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