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2022 Major Beneficiaries
Balikli Nursing Home & Hospital
in Istanbul, Turkey
A devastating blaze on August 4, 2022 has all but destroyed one of the last remaining institutions of the city’s once huge Greek community, leaving everyone to grieve.
Balikli Hospital was originally built in 1753 by by the Union of Greek Grocers when the population of Constantinople was still one third Greek. The objective was to treat epidemics and common diseases specifically affecting the ethnic Greek population of Constantinople. Over the years, it has served as a clinic for the treatment of alcohol and substance abuse and most recently as a nursing home for the elderly of Greek descent and a general hospital for all citizens.
It is also a source of pride for the small, remaining Greek community in Constantinople.
Widely considered one of the best hospitals in Istanbul, it is one of the last remaining monuments built by and still administered by the Greeks in Constantinople.
It also provided a much needed community service to the remaining Greek elderly who lost everything in the pogrom of 1955 and would have spent their last years residing in the nursing home.
Agioi Theodori Middle School & High School
in Gokceada, Turkey (formerly Imbros)
re-opened by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
Why should we support?
Gökçeada, Turkey's largest island, was once primarily inhabited by Greeks and is the birthplace of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. In the 1920's, the Republic of Turkey imposed a set of policies targeting minorities in the country, especially the Greek Orthodox. With their properties confiscated through legal amendments restricting property ownership and anti-minority sentiment gaining popularity, Greeks were forced to abandon their homes and leave the country. Gökçeada now boasts an unbalanced population of Turkish and Greek-Turkish citizens with Turkish people in the vast majority.
The new school marked the first time a Greek school opened on the island since the 1960s.
The opening of the school has boosted the Greek presence on the island and has given the residents hope for their children's future in Turkey. With an accredited school for their children to attend, low cost of living and a growing Greek community, school administrators have witnessed families returning from Greece to the island their ancestors once inhabited.
By supporting this institution, we indirectly support the Greek Orthodox population who reside on the island, encourage others to return to their ancestral homeland and cultivate a Patriarchal constituency.
His All Holiness
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
visits the Metropolis of Chicago
His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, visited the Metropolis of Chicago to receive an honorary degree from Notre Dame University in South Bend, IN. He was honored for his commitment to interfaith dialogue, his dedication to peace, his defense of religious liberty, his support of migrants and all who are marginalized and for his prophetic voice on the environment which equates love of the Creator with devotion to his creation.