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Judge Himonas, IOCC Responds, Shameless Self -Promotion

Dear Readers:

On February 13, 2015 history was made when Judge Constandinos Himonas was unanimously confirmed to the Utah Supreme Court. Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City, who is also of Greek descent, applauded Himonas when he told the Salt Lake Tribune that he is “the first Greek American to serve on the Utah Supreme Court.” After his confirmation of a 27-0 vote, Himonas told the Senate that its gallery was full of his family. “It is truly my Big Fat Greek Confirmation proceeding.” Please turn to page 4 for the rest of the story.

More than 300,000 children in Greece now live in families that cannot afford to provide a healthy diet including meat or fish, according to data from UNICEF. One in four children in Greece live in poverty, and one third are at risk of living in poverty. The International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has answered the call with the help of The Jaharis Family Foundation, they can assist the growing number of Greek families in search of work and opportunities in agriculture related businesses. To learn how this unique program addresses malnutrition in Greece with aid to agriculture cooperatives, please turn to page 5.

Last month, yours truly was deeply honored when the Elios Charitable Foundation bestowed its Elios “Award of Excellence” upon me at the Folk Dance & Choral Festival in Anaheim, CA. In its 20-year history, I was the first woman to receive this honor and chose to celebrate it with all of the girls and women in the room by asking them to stand and join me in a selfie as we made history together. “Let’s let this moment serve as a reminder that the world continues to offer great opportunity for us all,” I shared. “I hope to live long enough to see a woman President and woman Archon myself.” And with that, the ladies roared!

Happy Women’s History Month!

 

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

THIS MONTH’S FEATURE STORY

IOCC Expands Effort To Address Malnutrition In Greece With Aid To Agriculture Cooperatives 

The Jaharis Family Foundation, Inc. Announces Second $1 M Challenge Grant

Baltimore, MD — With support from The Jaharis Family Foundation, Inc., International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) announced a new program on February 10th to assist the growing number of Greek families in search of work and opportunities in agriculture-related businesses. As many as 25 agriculture cooperatives in Greece will receive support in food production, standardization of farming practices, warehousing facilities, sales and member training. In return for their participation, farmers will commit a portion of the food they produce to people in need in their communities, especially children facing malnutrition as a result of the prolonged economic crisis.

More than 300,000 children in Greece now live in families that cannot afford to provide a healthy diet including meat or fish, according to data from UNICEF. One in four children in Greece live in poverty, and one third are at risk of living in poverty.

"The numbers are shocking and the impact on hard-working people faced with such prolonged unemployment is having deeply felt social, economic and psychological effects on families," said Constantine Triantafilou, IOCC executive director. For the past three years, Triantafilou has been coordinating relief efforts with Apostoli, the social service agency of the Church of Greece.

With the support of The Jaharis Family Foundation, Inc. and private donors in the United States, IOCC has been addressing the growing needs of Greece's most vulnerable families. Over the last year alone, more than $9 million in food, medical assistance and heating fuel have been provided through the "Give for Greece" program launched with the support of The Jaharis Family Foundation, Inc.             READ full STORY

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