From International Orthodox Christian Charities:
Jordan Receives Wheelchairs from IOCC
A shipment of wheelchairs and other mobility devices worth $150,000, provided by IOCC through a partnership with Hope Haven International, was shipped to more than 170 disabled Jordanians. The organization, Eleanore’s Project, provided a volunteer team of specialists to instruct Jordanians in using new models of wheelchairs, repairing wheelchairs, and to properly seat people with disabilities. Most disabled individuals cannot afford a wheelchair in developing countries like Jordan, and they live a life of confinement, completely dependent on others for mobility. IOCC’s project was recognized by Princess Muna Al-Hussein, mother of Jordan’s King Abdullah and honorary president of the Family and Friends Society of Persons with Disabilities which helped distribute the wheelchairs. IOCC has been active in Jordan since 2005 where it has provided millions of dollars worth of donated medical supplies and pharmaceuticals, blankets and books.
Providing Employment for
Ethiopia’s DisabledIOCC has begun a new project in Ethiopia to improve the employability of people with disabilities. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented in cooperation with two established local agencies, the project will enhance the opportunities and employability of people with disabilities by equipping them with necessary skills, knowledge and tools. The project also aims to raise awareness among employers and the public about the potential for employment among people with disabilities. IOCC began operations in Ethiopia in 2001 through a partnership with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church to provide clean water sources and improved farming techniques. IOCC is currently operating a comprehensive U.S. government-funded program to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and has also recently initiated another program with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church that creates awareness of sexual and gender based violence among urban refugees in the capital city of Addis Ababa.
To access IOCC’s November 2009 News & Information Page, the source of these stories: http://www.iocc.org/news/execsummary11-09.aspx
See also: NBA’s Vladimir Radmanovic to Support Serbians With Disabilities http://www.iocc.org/news/6-04-10radmanovic.aspx
Archive for September, 2010
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in Australia has a ministry to persons with disability that has been created with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, who is also the President of the Estia Foundation. This online publication, RadioMarathon, which raises money for charitable organization, gives a picture of what the Estia Foundation is and does:
RadioMarathonNews, Issue 1, 2009: http://www.radiomarathon.org.au/PDf/RM_News_06_09.pdf
Now here is a resource! In fact, this, in my opinion, is the best Orthodox Christian piece of writing on disability yet! 137 pages. If that sound like too much, the table of contents is on pages 5 & 6, and you may choose a section of interest to you.
PERSONHOOD, HUMAN BROKENNESS AND THE THERAPEUTIC CALLING OF THE EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH: A PASTORAL APPROACH TO MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND DISABILITY by Presbytera Clare Cagnoni:
From OrthodoxChristianity.net: http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,17895.0.html
The discussion becomes focused on the specific reason these canons came into being: self-mutilation. It is an open discussion for members, by the way. Its easy to become a member.
On the Blogroll on the right side of this site (this way >>) which is in alphabetical order, scroll down to WelcomingPeopleWithDisabilities, where you will find the pamphlet The Body of Christ. It is an order form for . . .
The Body of Christ: A place of welcome for people for people with disabilites by the Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis
For an introduction, as well as ordering information on this booklet, click on: http://www.light-n-life.com/shopping/order_product.asp?ProductNum=BODY500
How we as the members of the Body of Christ may proceed to welcome persons with disabilities is summed up in those 15 pages. He speaks of the Church as Communion, the realities of disability, the gifts of people with disabilities, the centrality of the Cross and our inter-dependence, the physical and emotional burdens on families that calls for our support. There is an inspiring story from the Saying of the Desert Fathers about Abba Agathon and his encounter with a person with disabilities. Fr. John writes,
“Whenever I reflect on persons with disabilities, I think primarily of persons, not of disabilities.”
This booklet is a wonderful place to begin to orient oneself to the opportunities persons with disabilities present to every Church community. Every Orthodox Christian Parish should have a copy.
Also by the Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis: Ministry, Disability, and Brokenness: Orthodox Insights Into the Authority of the Priesthood https://acrobat.com/#d=UqHHgXZQJDcVf9aPoqBr5w
Fr. Gregory explores the theological underpinnings of the weakness of the paralysis that touches us all, and exhorts us to . . .
let weakness teach us humility . . .
let it teach us to trust Christ
Who can sympathize with our weakness
being God, He became man
and bore our common weakness.
He hungered, and thirsted, and grew tired
and, full of love
embraced our death.
Christ, risen from the dead
trampled down death by death
and upon those in the tombs bestowed life.
For a while there, this site was in process. Now, there’s a lot to see. This foundation focuses on the Chicago area. For those who comprehend their vision, this foundation can be an inspiration to begin similar efforts in other places. http://www.kostasz.org/home/