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Relief for Greece

The AHEPA Foundation

The AHEPA Foundation, Inc. is accepting donations to help with humanitarian relief efforts for the people of Greece.

Contributions to AHEPA Foundation, Inc. will directly pay for the shipment and acquisition of medical supplies and food. AHEPA will partner with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) to assist with acquisition of medical supplies and food. AHEPA’s 14 chapters in Greece will liaison with the Greek Ministry of Education to execute a food voucher program for schools. AHEPA’s Greece chapters will also distribute food to communities in need.

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AHEPA Kavala Chapter HJ-14 Philippos – Food-Distribution

Posted by on Feb 17, 2013 in HJ-14 Kavala, News, Relief | 0 comments

AHEPA Kavala Chapter HJ-14 Philippos – Food-Distribution

The philanthropic organization AHEPA is the largest organization of Greeks Abroad. It was created in 1922 by expatriate Greeks, and has chapters in USA, Canada, Greece, Cyprus, Australia and other countries. As in past years (decades) the organization has offered considerable assistance to the Greek people after the destruction of the Second World War and so now once again has initiated an assistance program and solidarity towards the Greek people who are mostly affected by the economic crisis in Greece.

As part of this effort and during the Christmas 2012 holiday season, the local AHEPA Kavala, chapter HJ-14 Philippos, offered one (1) ton of food to the Holy Metropolis of Philippos, Neapolis and Thasos Kavalas to meet our fellow citizens food needs within the Prefecture, impacted by and affected by the crisis, who are facing serious survival problems.

The food aid included 50 parcels of dry food (pasta, rice, beans, tomato sauce, sugar, flour, evaporated milk and such). This initiative was taken (by the members) offering 50 packages of dry food by AHEPA KAVALA, in cooperation with the Charitable Organization of the Archdiocese of Athens “APOSTOLI MISSION”. Metropolitan Philippos distributed these food packages on Friday, December 21, 2012 to distressed citizens of Kavala. (Below is Metropolitan Prokopios’ letter certifying the discretionary distribution and his appreciation to AHEPA.)

Since a unilateral coverage of food needs for a short term, such as Christmas, does not eliminate our problem, it’s our obligation and we all together – and each of us individually – with enduring acts that express active solidarity work to continue aiding needy families in our city and neighborhood and must support the existing infrastructure such as community groceries, soup kitchens, etc. to continue the effort.

We would like once again to thank District 25 AHEPA HELLAS and the Greek District Governor Mr. Nikos Papadopoulos for his contribution to our efforts.

AHEPA family’s humanitarian campaign for Greece continues

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Daughters of Penelope, News, Relief | 0 comments

AHEPA family’s humanitarian campaign for Greece continues

As part of the AHEPA family’s (AHEPA and Daughters of Penelope) humanitarian campaign for Greece, the organization has donated nearly $100,000 to Apostoli Mission to help feed the people of Greece and will continue to do so. Each $10,000 donation prepares about 500 food package kits. Each food kit contains dry food and goods that will last a family of four about 20 days. Some food packages are tailored specifically for a family’s needs, for example, containing powdered baby formula and diapers for families with babies.

To date, the AHEPA family has raised nearly $200,000 for humanitarian aid for the people of Greece.

About IOCC
IOCC is the official humanitarian aid agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. Since its inception in 1992, IOCC has delivered more than $400 million in relief and development programs to families and communities in 50 countries. For more information, please visit www.iocc.org.

About AHEPA

Founded in 1922 in Atlanta, Georgia, to protect individuals from the evils of bigotry and discrimination, AHEPA is the largest and oldest grassroots association of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes with more than 400 active chapters across the United States, Canada, Greece and Cyprus. The mission of AHEPA is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence through community service and volunteerism.

For more information, please visit www.ahepa.org.

AHEPA Canada Donates Vital Medical Equipment to Evangelismos Hospital

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in News, Relief | 0 comments

AHEPA Canada Donates Vital Medical Equipment to Evangelismos Hospital

AHEPA Canada Donates Vital Medical Equipment to Evangelismos Hospital

In addition, AHEPA Canada announced the donation of much-needed medical equipment to Evangelismos Hospital in Athens, Greece. A rigid bronchoscope machine valued at 10,000 euros (or approximately $12,000 Canadian) has been purchased and donated to the hospital, as the result of a call for aid from hospitals in Greece.

“AHEPA in Canada has always been in the forefront of assistance to Greece,” said George Vassilas, Canadian president. “We are extremely proud of the donation of this equipment, which was purchased through generous donations from our members.”

AHEPA is especially grateful to AHEPA Past Canadian President Nicholas Aroutzidis for his generous donation of $10,000 which made the purchase possible.

“This donation by AHEPA Canada is a concrete example of the spirit of solidarity of the Greek Diaspora in Canada with the Greek people and a continuation of the many contributions of this organization to their Motherland,” said Greek Ambassador to Canada Eleftherios Anghelopoulos. “AHEPA continues to provide aid whenever they can to the people of Greece to help them through these difficult times.”

The rigid bronchoscope is a tool used for many different indications, but the machine donated to Evangelismos Hospital will be used exclusively to prevent lung bleeding while positioning stents in tumors.

AHEPA Addresses Medical Supply Shortage Helps Secure $650,000 Shipment

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in News, Relief | 0 comments

AHEPA Addresses Medical Supply Shortage Helps Secure $650,000 Shipment

WASHINGTON - A shipping container filled with more than $650,000 worth of medical supplies and equipment is bound for the AHEPA Hospital in Thessaloniki thanks to the efforts of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a leading membership-based association for the nation’s millions of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, which donated $15,000 to secure the shipping container and to the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), which worked diligently to coordinate the assembly of the medical supplies, announced Supreme President Dr. John Grossomanides. The container left for Thessaloniki this week.

“Austerity measures have cut public health spending in Greece by 25 percent or 12 billion dollars,” said Supreme President Dr. Grossomanides. “This has had a devastating impact upon the ability of hospitals to purchase medical supplies and equipment. The need is very real, and AHEPA, working in cooperation with the IOCC, is proud to be able to facilitate the shipment of a significant amount of aid to help address the medical supply shortage in Greece.”

The medical supplies range from syringes to walkers to catheters and nebulizers. According to Dr. Grossomanides, some of the supplies will also be transported to Evangelismos Hospital where AHEPA has a wing named after it.

“We thank the community for helping to make this important shipment of medical supplies a reality through its contributions and donations,” said Dr. Grossomanides. “The spirit of philanthropy is alive and well and it must continue to flourish if we are to meet the dire needs the people of Greece are enduring during this most difficult time. We are proud of the Greek American community’s action, and we encourage individuals and organizations to continue to donate to worthy causes that help Greece.”

In October 2012, a $5,000 AHEPA donation helped to secure a shipping container filled with more than $650,000 worth of medical and surgical supplies by the IOCC for Chios. Working together, AHEPA and IOCC have secured the shipment of $1.2 million of medical supplies thus far to Greece.

ΑΧΕΠΑ ΚΑΒΑΛΑΣ – ΔΙΟΡΓΑΝΩΣΗ ΑΘΛΟΠΑΙΔΙΩΝ ΓΙΑ ΤΑ ΠΑΙΔΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΠΑΙΔΟΠΟΛΗΣ ΚΑΒΑΛΑΣ «ΑΓΙΟΣ ΓΕΩΡΓΙΟΣ»

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ΑΧΕΠΑ ΚΑΒΑΛΑΣ – ΔΙΟΡΓΑΝΩΣΗ ΑΘΛΟΠΑΙΔΙΩΝ ΓΙΑ ΤΑ ΠΑΙΔΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΠΑΙΔΟΠΟΛΗΣ ΚΑΒΑΛΑΣ «ΑΓΙΟΣ ΓΕΩΡΓΙΟΣ»

ΤΗΝ ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ 21 ΟΚΤΩΒΡΙΟΥ 2012 ΤΟ ΤΜΗΜΑ ΤΗΣ ΑΧΕΠΑ ΚΑΒΑΛΑΣ ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΣ ΑΡ. 14 ΟΡΓΑΝΩΣΕ ΜΙΑ ΥΠΕΡΟΧΗ ΔΡΑΣΤΗΡΙΟΤΗΤΑ

ΣΥΓΚΕΚΡΙΜΕΝΑ ΑΝΕΛΑΒΕ ΤΗΝ ΔΙΟΡΓΑΝΩΣΗ ΑΘΛΟΠΑΙΔΙΩΝ ΓΙΑ ΤΑ ΠΑΙΔΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΠΑΙΔΟΠΟΛΗΣ ΚΑΒΑΛΑΣ «ΑΓΙΟΣ ΓΕΩΡΓΙΟΣ» ΣΤΑ ΣΤΕΝΑ ΤΟΥ ΝΕΣΤΟΥ, ΜΙΑ ΚΑΤΑΠΛΗΚΤΙΚΗ ΠΕΡΙΟΧΗ ΔΙΠΛΑ ΣΤΟΝ ΠΟΤΑΜΟ ΝΕΣΤΟ.

ΕΚΕΙ ΤΑ ΠΑΙΔΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΠΑΙΔΟΠΟΛΗΣ ΑΣΧΟΛΗΘΗΚΑΝ ΜΕ ΔΙΑΦΟΡΕΣ ΑΘΛΟΠΑΙΔΙΕΣ ΟΠΩΣ ΤΟΞΟΒΟΛΙΑ, ΠΟΔΗΛΑΣΙΑ, ΚΩΠΗΛΑΣΙΑ ΣΤΟ ΠΟΤΑΜΙ ΚΑΙ ΚΑΤΑΡΙΧΗΣΗ ΑΠΟ ΒΡΑΧΟ.

ΜΕΤΑ ΤΙΣ ΑΘΛΟΠΑΙΔΙΕΣ ΤΑ ΠΑΙΔΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΤΑ ΜΕΛΗ ΤΗΣ ΟΡΓΑΝΩΣΗΣ ΑΠΟΛΑΥΣΑΝ ΤΟ ΦΑΓΗΤΟ ΤΟΥΣ ΔΙΠΛΑ ΣΤΟΝ ΠΟΤΑΜΟ ΝΕΣΤΟ ΚΑΙ ΑΡΓΑ ΤΟ ΜΕΣΗΜΕΡΙ ΕΠΙΣΤΡΕΨΑΜΕ ΣΤΗΝ ΚΑΒΑΛΑ.

ΗΤΑΝ ΜΙΑ ΕΚΔΗΛΩΣΗ ΠΟΥ ΜΑΣ ΣΥΓΚΙΝΗΣΕ ΚΑΙ ΜΑΣ «ΓΕΜΙΣΕ» ΨΥΧΙΚΑ, ΒΛΕΠΟΝΤΑΣ ΤΑ ΧΑΜΟΓΕΛΑ ΣΤΑ ΧΕΙΛΗ ΤΩΝ ΠΑΙΔΙΩΝ ΤΗΣ ΠΑΙΔΟΠΟΛΗΣ, ΤΩΝ ΟΠΟΙΩΝ Η ΤΥΧΗ ΚΑΠΟΤΕ ΔΕΝ ΤΟΥΣ ΧΑΜΟΓΕΛΑΣΕ ΚΑΙ ΓΙΑ ΑΥΤΟ ΤΟ ΛΟΓΟ ΦΙΛΟΞΕΝΟΥΝΤΑΙ ΣΤΟ ΙΔΡΥΜΑ ΤΗΣ ΠΑΙΔΟΠΟΛΗΣ.

ΦΕΥΓΟΝΤΑΣ, ΥΠΟΣΧΕΘΗΚΑΜΕ ΤΑ ΠΑΙΔΙΑ ΟΤΙ ΘΑ ΣΥΝΑΝΤΗΘΟΥΜΕ ΞΑΝΑ ΚΑΙ ΟΤΙ ΘΑ ΕΙΜΑΣΤΕ ΠΑΝΤΑ ΣΤΟ ΠΛΕΥΡΟ ΤΟΥΣ.

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ΠΡΟΕΔΡΟΣ ΤΜΗΜΑΤΟΣ «ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΣ 14» ΤΗΣ ΚΑΒΑΛΑΣ

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AHEPA Kavala HJ-14 Food Distribution

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in HJ-14 Kavala, News, Relief | 0 comments

AHEPA Kavala HJ-14 Food Distribution

Η φιλανθρωπική οργάνωση AHEPA είναι η μεγαλύτερη οργάνωση Ελλήνων Ομογενών του Εξωτερικού. Είχε δημιουργηθεί από το 1922 από απόδημους Έλληνες έχοντας παραρτήματα στις Η.Π.Α., τον Καναδά, την Ελλάδα, την Κύπρο, την Αυστραλία και άλλες χώρες. Όπως και στο παρελθόν η οργάνωση είχε προσφέρει μεγάλη βοήθεια στους Έλληνες μετά την καταστροφή του Β’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου έτσι και στις μέρες μας έχει ξεκινήσει ένα πρόγραμμα δράσεων βοήθειας και αλληλεγγύης προς τον δοκιμαζόμενο από την οικονομική κρίση Ελληνικό λαό.

Στο πλαίσιο της προσπάθειας αυτής και για τις εορτές των Χριστουγέννων 2012, το τοπικό Τμήμα AHEPA Καβάλας, HJ-14 «Φίλιππος», προσέφερε ένα (1) τόνο τροφίμων στην Ιερά Μητρόπολη Φιλίππων Νεαπόλεως και Θάσου, για την κάλυψη επισιτιστικών αναγκών συμπολιτών του Νομού μας, που πλήττονται από την κρίση και αντιμετωπίζουν σοβαρά προβλήματα επιβίωσης.

Η επισιτιστική βοήθεια περιλάμβανε 50 δέματα ξηράς τροφής (ζυμαρικά, ρύζι, όσπρια, σάλτσα ντομάτας, ζάχαρη, αλεύρι, γάλα εβαπορέ). Η πρωτοβουλία αυτή πραγματοποιήθηκε με την προσφορά των 50 δεμάτων ξηράς τροφής από τον οργανισμό AHEPA, σε συνεργασία με τον Φιλανθρωπικό Οργανισμό της Ιεράς Αρχιεπισκοπής Αθηνών «ΑΠΟΣΤΟΛΗ». Τα τρόφιμα αυτά διανεμήθηκαν από την Ιερά Μητρόπολη Φιλίππων την Παρασκευή 21 Δεκεμβρίου 2012 σε αναξιοπαθούντες πολίτες της Καβάλας.

Επειδή μια μονομερής κάλυψη των επισιτιστικών αναγκών για ένα βραχύ χρονικό διάστημα, όπως είναι οι εορτές των Χριστουγέννων, δεν εξαλείφει το πρόβλημα από την περιοχή μας, οφείλουμε όλοι – και ο καθένας μας ξεχωριστά – με διαρκείς πράξεις έκφρασης ενεργής αλληλεγγύης (ενίσχυση άπορων οικογενειών στην γειτονιά) αλλά και υποστήριξης των υφιστάμενων δομών (κοινωνικά παντοπωλεία, συσσίτια κ.ά.) να συνεχίσουμε την προσπάθεια.

Θα θέλαμε και πάλι να ευχαριστήσουμε την Περιφέρεια 25 Ελλάδος της AHEPA και ιδιαίτερα τον κυβερνήτη αυτής κ. Νίκο Παπαδόπουλο για την συνεισφορά του στην προσπάθεια μας αυτή.

AHEPA Family Donation to IOCC Pledges Humanitarian Aid to Greece

Posted by on Jun 8, 2012 in News, Relief | 0 comments

AHEPA Family Donation to IOCC Pledges Humanitarian Aid to Greece

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AHEPA Family to Provide Ongoing Monthly Donation to Athens Food Bank
AHEPA’s Greece Chapters Provide Several Hundred Easter Dinners

WASHINGTON – Dr. John Grossomanides, supreme president of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a leading membership-based association for the nation’s three million American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, presented a $5,000 donation to Mr. Louis A. Zagami, development officer, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) toward the organization’s ongoing humanitarian relief efforts in Greece on May 11, 2012.

“We thank AHEPA for its generous support of our relief efforts to help struggling families in Greece during these difficult times and appreciate its responsiveness to the urgent humanitarian need,” said IOCC Executive Director/CEO Constantine M. Triantafiolou.

“The AHEPA family continues to work diligently to raise funds to help the people of Greece during this unprecedented humanitarian crisis, and our chapters in Greece have been doing their best to address the needs of their local communities,” said Supreme President Dr. Grossomanides. “The need is great. We encourage all efforts that can go toward helping the people of Greece—small or large—every bit helps.”

Dr. Grossomanides added, “The partnership with IOCC has proved fruitful, and we look forward to continuing our work together to help the people of Greece.”

AHEPA to Feed Needy on Monthly Basis

According to Executive Director Basil Mossaidis, the AHEPA family’s humanitarian campaign to feed people in need will be ongoing. At its May 11 meeting, the AHEPA Supreme Lodge approved the donation of 400 to 500 food package kits on a monthly basis for Apostoli Mission, an Athens food bank charity under the direction of the Church of Greece. Each food kit feeds a family of four for about 15 days. Moreover, AHEPA chapters in Greece provided several hundred Easter dinners to families throughout Greece, Mossaidis added.

“We are doing what we can to provide a direct and immediate impact through donations and a ‘boots on the ground’ approach to provide assistance,” said Mossaidis.

During the annual AHEPA family excursion to Greece in April, AHEPA began its efforts by presenting a $7,500 donation toward Apostoli Mission that provided 400 food kits to families.

To date, the AHEPA family has raised more than $150,000 for humanitarian aid for the people of Greece.

Συναντηση Παπαδημου με αντιπροσωπεια της ΑΧΕΠΑ για τουρισμο και ανθρωπιστικη βοηθεια

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in News, Relief | 0 comments

Συναντηση Παπαδημου με αντιπροσωπεια της ΑΧΕΠΑ για τουρισμο και ανθρωπιστικη βοηθεια

[frame_left][/frame_left]Οι συνέπειες της οικονομικής κρίσης στα ασθενέστερα κοινωνικά στρώματα και οι τρόποι αλληλεγγύης σε όσους πλήττονται κυριάρχησαν στη συνάντηση του Πρωθυπουργού Λουκά Παπαδήμου με αντιπροσωπεία της ΑΧΕΠΑ, της μεγαλύτερης ελληνοαμερικανικής οργάνωσης στον κόσμο, υπό τον πρόεδρό της ελληνοαμερικανικής οργάνωσης Τζον Γροσομανίδη.

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