Constantine Triantafilou, Executive Director and CEO of International Orthodox Christian Charities  (IOCC) - a ministry supported by the Antiochian Archdiocese via the collective work of the bishops of SCOBA  - sends word of the following blessed development:
"I am very pleased to announce that IOCC has secured a major grant that will provide food and emergency supplies to vulnerable families living in Sadr City, one of the poorest and most densely populated districts of Baghdad. The nearly $400,000 grant, awarded to IOCC by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), will assist about 2,400 vulnerable families in this predominantly Shiite area, which has been the site of continuous conflict. This program follows a very successful delivery by IOCC of food and hygiene kits to 3,000 families in Baghdad and Mosul. I commend our IOCC Iraqi staff who deliver these life-sustaining supplies while braving Iraq’s hardships."
Also, IOCC Lebanon recently launched the first of 14 summer camps for youth in the Mount Lebanon, Bekaa, and northern regions of the country. The summer camps will provide high school students with community service activities. Students will also receive training in health awareness, human rights, citizenship and community activism. The goal is to foster a sense of camaraderie and civic responsibility between youths of different sects. The summer camps are part of the LEAD program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and implemented in partnership with a number of Lebanese organizations including the University of Balamand.