Greece Fire Response Update

2022 Greece Fire response Evia - Resin collectors Vassilis aResin collectors Panagiota and Vassilis are among the families on Evia that IOCC has helped after destructive fires.
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Helping Resin Collectors Recover from Wildfires
 
For generations, families on the Greek island of Evia have tapped the plentiful Aleppo pine trees for their sticky resin—a vital component of paint, plastics, solvents, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals.
 
Last year, in just a few days, their livelihood was literally reduced to ashes. Wildfires tore through Evia’s forests, destroying homes, businesses, and, for many, a way of life.
 
IOCC has been on the ground assessing needs and providing aid since August 2021 and has directly helped over 1,700 people on Evia—including distributing supermarket vouchers every month to more than 370 families, among them 300 resin-collecting households, plus families whose homes, businesses, or both burned. In addition, IOCC has so far supplied in excess of 600 tons of livestock feed to families with small farms—among them resin collectors Panagiota and Vassilis.
 
Vassilis shared, “We still cannot figure out how, with just a few staff, IOCC was able to track us down throughout the vast territory of Northern Evia and give us such aid... Thank you for this extremely useful aid that continues to help us make ends meet after last year’s [2021] disastrous fires.”
 
It will take about 20-25 years for newly planted pines to grow large enough to supply resin. During that time, families who tapped resin for a living will have to rebuild and discover new ways to support themselves. IOCC, with the support of donors like the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the National Philoptochos Society, the Jaharis Family Foundation, and the George and Judy Marcus Family Foundation, is committed to long-term recovery work in Greece.
 
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Pine forests have been a source of income for families on Evia for generations. Widespread fires destroyed that livelihood in just a few days.

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