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Answering the Call AHEPA Launches Campaign to Help People of Greece By Executive Director Basil Mossaidis a HEPA will mobilize its chapters, and work in cooperation with the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), to help with humanitarian relief efforts for the people of Greece, announced Supreme President Dr. John Grossomanides on February 11, 2012. “The humanitarian crisis in Greece is dire,” Dr. Grossomanides said. “This is an opportunity to answer a clarion call to help the people of Greece. We appeal to Greek American organizations and the community at large to answer the call.” The humanitarian crisis is caused by an unprecedented financial crisis, not unlike the Great Depression, that had led to a more than 20 percent unemployment rate. Public sector employees are taking at least a 40 percent pay cut and pensions are reduced. All the while, sales tax has increased 23 percent, utilities costs have increased, a new tax on heating oil has been enacted, and a gallon of gas is $10, according to an MSNBC report. As a result of this “economic death spiral” the overall health and well-being of the people of Greece is in demise: hospital admissions are up 25 percent and hospital budgets have been cut 40 percent leading to shortages of medicine and staff. “We have seen four times the number of Geek patients over the last year,” said Nikitas Kanekis, director, Doctors of the World, a charity that runs health clinics in an interview with MSNBC. He added, “People with no shelter, starving people and people looking for doctors and medicine.” In addition: • The Athens Archdiocese poverty fund distributes over 10,000 meals a day and 250,000 meals nationwide a week. • 320,000 people lost their jobs in a year. • Athens Mayor George Kaminis stated the city’s homeless has increased 20 percent. • More than 878,000 people were out of work in 3rd quarter 2011, most of them women and people under 30 years old. There are also significant reports of parents abandoning their children because they cannot care for them, according to one BBC report. 10 the ahepan Spring 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The AHEPAN - Spring 2012

The AHEPAN - Spring 2012
Supreme President’s Message
AHEPA Family News
Answering the Call
AHEPA Family’s Capitol Hill Day Brings Foreign, Domestic Issues to Legislators
Excursion Leaves Lasting Impressions
Convention Form
Civic Responsibility
The Periclean
AHEPA Family Chapter News

The AHEPAN - Spring 2012