Greek Americans raise $350,000 to rebuild fire-stricken Balıklı Hospital in Istanbul

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In Istanbul, Archbishop Elpidophoros of America announced that the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese had secured an initial amount of $350,000 US toward the rebuilding efforts and relief of those displaced after a fire destroyed parts of the Balıklı Greek Hospital last week.

The historic hospital, which has been operational since 1753 serves the city’s Greek community as a nursing home.

In a statement following his meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Archbishop Elpidophoros said “I was happy to inform His All-Holiness that our Omogeneia has responded immediately to our call to mitigate material damages.”

The American Archbishop, who arrived in Istanbul on Tuesday for the third pilgrimage in celebration of the Archdiocese of America’s 100th anniversary of its founding, will be visiting the Balıklı Hospital in the coming days.

READ MORE: Greek leaders react to fire at historical Balıklı Greek Hospital in Istanbul

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