Orthodox agency joins Ethiopian AIDS battle

Project includes abstinence-based education initiative
The relief agency sponsored by the nine major Eastern Orthodox churches in the United States is joining a $6 million program to fight AIDS in Ethiopia.

International Orthodox Christian Charities says the three-year project, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development, hopes to bring education, health care, food and shelter to 9,000 children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic. The Baltimore-based IOCC will contribute $1 million, along with the relief office of the Ethiopian church; USAID will pay $5 million.

“This battle requires the cooperation of everyone within Ethiopia, and from outside, who has the resources and expertise to help,” said the Ethiopian church’s patriarch, Abune Paulos. “The church by itself cannot do it all.”


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