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Churches and Organizations

Survey of the main diaconal structures and organisations in the Orthodox Church.


Albania

Diakonia Agapes
Established in 1992 by Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana as a department of diaconal outreach of the Orthodox Church of Albania.
daoffice@diakoniagapes.org


Armenia

Round Table
WCC instrument of ecumenical sharing of resources brings together Armenian churches, local non-governmental organisations, and church-related partners with a shared commitment to working together to address some of the fundamental social and economic problems of the country.
www.armwcc.org


Belarus

Round Table
WCC programme for capacity building for diaconal church network. Includes the Orthodox, Lutheran and Baptist churches and the Belarus Bible Society.
www.wcc-coe.org/wcc/europe/


Bulgaria

Pokrov Foundation
Established in January 1994 by lay Orthodox youth to restore genuine philanthropy, to promote Orthodox Christianity and to restore the public presence of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
www.pokrov.50megs.com


Czech Republic

Czech Orthodox Filantropia
The diakonia agency of the Orthodox Church in the Czech Lands.


Egypt

BLESS
The Coptic Orthodox Church founded in 1962 the Bishopric of Public, Ecumenical and Social Services (BLESS) to be the body in achieving development in poor and disadvantaged communities.
www.blessegypt.org.eg


Finland

Ortaid
Development aid organization of the Finnish Orthodox Church, provides humanitarian aid via local Orthodox parishes and organizations and sets up joint development and cultural programmes in collaboration with local Orthodox communities.
www.ort.fi/ortaid


Georgia

Lazarus
Charitable foundation of Georgian Orthodox Patriarchate, and is implementing agency of its humanitarian assistance programs. It is a non-government and non-profit organization.
http://www.lazarus.org.ge/


Greece

Secretary on Social Programmes
Secretary on Social Programmes, Development & Emergency Assistance of the Orthodox Church of Greece.
E:mail: papantoniou@ath.fothnet.gr


Hungary

Interchurch Aid
Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA) was founded in 1991 by Protestant, Methodist, Unitarian and Orthodox churches, home and foreign individuals.
http://www.hia.hu/


Macedonia

Centre for International Cooperation
Centre (MCIC) was founded in 1993 by the Committee for Peace and Civil Initiatives and Dutch Interchurch Aid. MCIC has developed into the WCC's key partner in Macedonia.
www.mcms.org.mk and www.aidmacedonia.org.mk


Moldova

Social Mission diakonia
The Social Mission "diakonia" is an organization of social nature of Basarabia Metropolitan Church, Romanian Patriarchate. It develops activities in rural areas in the South of Moldova.
E-mail: diakonia@mtc.md


Poland

Eleos
Eleos Centers of the Orthodox Church of Poland are non-governmental and non-profit organizations implementing humanitarian assistance programs.
www.orthodox.pl/glowna.htm


Romania

AIDRom
Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania was established in 1991 by the Romanian Orthodox Church, the Reformed Church in Romania and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Augsburg Confession.
www.angelfire.com/ab4/001027/AIDRom.html


Russia

Round Table
Instrument of religious education and diakonia in Russia on the basis of concrete programs and projects. It is the first experience of cooperation in this field between the Russian Orthodox Church, the World Council of Churches and interchurch aid agencies.
www.rondtb.msk.ru

Interchurch Diaconal Council of St Petersburg
The Christian Interchurch Diaconal Council of St Petersburg (CIDC) is a non-governmental, non-profit Church-founded humanitarian organisation.
www.cidc.ru

Medical Educational Center Zhizn
Established in Moscow in 1993 by the Orthodox community of the Annunciation Church to provide people with the reliable information about abortions, contraceptives and their consequences.
www.pms.orthodoxy.ru/zhizn

Hospital Vstrezha
Vstrezha is the first medical school of sisters of charity in the city Hospital in Moscow.
http://vstrecha.glasnet.ru/


Serbia-Montenegro

Philanthropy
Philanthropy is the Official Humanitarian Organization of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
http://www.covekoljublje.org


Syria

Ecumenical Relation and Development Office
Founded in 1998, The Ecumenical Relation Office is responsible for managing and following-up the development and finance program attached to the Patriarchate by offering the technical aid and advice for development and building projects in a number of Antiochian archdioceses that need such projects.
E-mail: Laham-s@scs-net.org


United Kingdom

Thuris
Thuris is an addiction recovery retreat and a local centre of Orthodox Christian activity with its own small church in south-west Wales that has been created as a mission of the Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom.
http://www.thuris.org.uk/


United States

International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)
IOCC was established in 1992 by the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas as the official humanitarian aid agency of Orthodox Christians to work in co-operation with the Orthodox Churches worldwide.
www.iocc.org


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