Cypriot expat organisations and private individuals in the USA donated $460,000 to the Relief Fund for Cyprus, which was set up to provide support to crisis-stricken people on the island.
Archbishop Demetrios of America said the money will be distributed through the Church of Cyprus, to children day care centres, an organisation that helps people with autism, and a rehabilitation centre for children with special needs.
“We are in the midst of an enduring crisis” the Archbishop said, adding that efforts to raise assistance must continue.
Former Cyprus Federation of America President Panicos Papanicolaou said $50,000 will be made available, probably by next week, to provide free meals to poor pupils.
Cyprus’ ambassador to the US expressed his deep gratitude on behalf of the government.
“It is not just the financial assistance, but also the psychological support, because Cypriots see that there are many people who care and support our struggle” Giorgos Shiakkalis said.