IOCC Urgent Action Appeal:
Relief for the Beleaguered People of Haiti


For the people of Haiti, the hemisphere's poorest country, life was difficult enough before the massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated the capital of Port-au-Prince in January.

Since news of the earthquake came to light, IOCC staff have been contacting partners active in Haiti and attempting to reach Orthodox parishes on the island to coordinate our response to the growing need. Like many Haitians who have been struggling to reach their loved ones, IOCC is finding direct communication difficult--symptomatic of the widespread destruction and ruined infrastructure that is now beginning to be revealed.


UN Photo/Logan Abassi United Nations Development Programme. 
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Given the magnitue of the quake and the poverty that already existed before the disaster, IOCC has mobilized its disaster reponse team and is preparing to respond to the tremendous needs in close coordination with our Orthodox and ecumenical partners.

Please help the people of Haiti!

  • Make an online gift to assist the victims of disasters around the world, like the Haiti Earthquake, by giving to the IOCC International Emergency Response Fund, at http://www.iocc.org
  • Assemble hygiene kits and emergency clean-up buckets to be shipped to places like Haiti--or wherever disasters strike. For information on hygiene kits, go to http://www.iocc.org.
  • Pray for the people of Haiti and those who have lost loved ones in this disaster and for the safety of those who are working to assist them. See http://www.iocc.org/prayers

IOCC, founded in 1992 as the official humanitarian aid agency of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), has implemented over $300 million in relief and development programs in 33 countries around the world.


IOCC is Effective and Efficient

IOCC has an outstanding record of stewardship. When you give to IOCC, you can give confidently knowing that IOCC is committed to maintaining low administrative costs so that more funds can go directly to helping people in need. Approximately 92% of IOCC's resources are spent on humanitarian relief and development programs with only 8% for fundraising and administrative costs. Plus, every dollar you give helps IOCC secure $7 in support from governments, foundations and other sources. Read more.

Click here for IOCC's 2008 Annual Report





(Posting date 07 February 2010)


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