Moscow, August 28, 2013
The Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS) is not going to stop humanitarian aid collection for Syrian people and no matter what the course of events in the country, it will be attempting to give to those in need, the deputy chairman of IOPS Elena Agapova reported on Tuesday to RIA-Novosti.
Today the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society is announcing fundraising for the purchase and delivery to Syria of baby food, which is of vital importance for Syrian children. As a result of economic unilateral sanctions introduced by a number of Western countries towards Syria, the country is having serious problems with providing children up to age one with baby food, the selling of which to Syria is prohibited under various pretexts. There is nothing to feed little babies with.
"Our non-governmental organization intends to continue the aid collection and, as far as possible, delivery of this humanitarian aid," said Elena Agapova.
The IOPS deputy chairman stressed that the organization was giving help to Syria not through state structures but through Syrian spiritual leaders: Patriarch John X of Antioch and All East and Grand Mufti of the Syrian republic Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun. The humanitarian aid is received by both Christian and Muslim population of the country.
"We are rendering aid neither to Syrian authorities nor to any other forces. This is support of the Russian people to the Syrian people who are currently in a extremely difficult situation due to violence," said the agency's spokeswoman.
According to the report to RIA-Novosti of the acting representative of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia at the Patriarchal throne of Antioch, Hieromonk Ephraim (Pashkov), it is planned to transmit the humanitarian aid to the Syrian people in the middle of September. "We are not winding up anything yet. We will not make plans too early on how the situation will change, but at the same time we are not going to lose heart either," said Fr Ephraim.
IOPS is addressing all Russian residents with the request to do what they can to give monetary support for purchasing and sending baby food for infants aged up to one year of age (dry milk formulas) to war-stricken Syria.
Because of customs clearance requirements of this humanitarian relief, the baby food will be purchased centrally with monetary funds collected by all.
The IOPS has called upon Russian residents who cannot transmit money but wish to help the Syrian little ones to bring baby food to the Church of Holy Prophet Elijah in Obydensky lane ("Kropotkinskaya" metro station, 2nd Obydensky lane, 6).
Any questions, can be answered by calling the number: +7(495) 922-50-26.
IOPS has expressed its heartfelt gratitude to all private individuals and organizations who have already responded to the call to take part in the humanitarian aid collection in support of the Syrian people.
Details for fundraising in Vneshprombank:
recepient: the Foundation of Holy Constantine and Helen, Equals-to-the-Apostles
ИНН 7704272518, КПП 770401001
р/с 40703810000000005871 в ООО «Внешпромбанк», г. Москва
К/с 30101810500000000455 БИК044525455
It is necessary to state in the purpose of payment: "For rendering humanitarian aid to the Syrian people".