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
IOCC continues to address the needs of persons with disabilitiesPublished September 28, 2010 Christ , Church , development , gifts , inspiration , international , Orthodoxy , stories , vision Leave a Comment