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Disaster Relief – Archive

Nepal Disaster Relief Fund

On May 12, 2015 a magnitude-7.3 earthquake hit in a mountainous area east of Kathmandu, near Nepal’s border with China. That earthquake was followed by a magnitude-6.3 seismic event about 30 minutes later, and a number of smaller aftershocks which caused additional loss of life and devastating destruction.  These tragic events followed another major earthquake on April 25 that killed more than 8,150 people and injured more than 17,860 as it flattened mountain villages and destroyed buildings where Nepalese were still mourning their dead and just beginning to recover.

Resulting from continuous Chapter fundraising efforts, the National Philoptochos Society was able to immediately respond with financial aid in the amount of $20,000 from the National Philoptochos Society's National Emergency Fund.   This donation, forwarded to the International Orthodox Christian Charities, the organization which is coordinating its response with the International Ecumenical Alliance, Action by Churches Together (ACT), and Orthodox partners on the ground will address the urgent humanitarian need for emergency supplies such as water, food, shelter and medication to those who are injured.

Long term assistance and aid will be required in Nepal to restore even the smallest semblance of normalcy for its citizens. The tragedy is great and the suffering is widespread. Thank you to all who contributed to the Nepal Disaster Relief Fund.

Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Realized 

Through the generosity of our Philoptochos Chapters, approximately $400,000 was collected after the tragedy.  This enabled the National Philoptochos Society to provide assistance to more than 150 families, at first in the form of cleaning supplies, food, clothing, furniture, appliances and building supplies. Later, grants were given to the displaced families to assist with rent, and day-to-day expenses.  Philoptochos women have remained in touch with the families though telephone calls, cards and emails.  

Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief:  Adopt a Family

This project addressed the immediate and long-term needs of victims of the tragedy left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Chapters were partnered with one family in need, to assist the family with a donation of a gift card to stores such as Target, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Bed Bath and Beyond, Sears, Home Depot or Lowes, to directly purchase what they need. To learn more about Adopt-a-Family project, please click here.

Welfare for the Philippine People

The Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, amidst the 2013 season of Thanksgiving, offered service in the name of the Lord, mindful of His many blessings. 

We are equally mindful of the supreme tragedies and hardships faced by our fellow brothers and sisters in other parts of the world. They may be far away but they are our sisters and brothers and we are all God's children. Typhoon Haiyan has ravaged vast swaths in the major city of Tacloban in the Philippines leaving people displaced, homeless, without food and clean water, struggling to survive.

Click here to read the rest of National President Aphrodite Skeadas' message and learn how you can help

Donate to the National Philoptochos Emergency Fund today: Click here.