Every year, containers arrive in Madagascar. It is an errand of mercy and a breath of life for the Mission. Two of these come from Greece: one in the summer and one in the autumn, and the Metropolitan informs the donors in good time of the essential things that are needed: these essential items are purchased judiciously and are the first to be loaded into the containers. In fact, many donors offer money for the purchase of specific items that are deemed essential for the Mission. Once the essential items have been loaded, the remainder of a typical container is loaded with, food, furniture, desks, medical equipment, bedding, medicines, household equipment, school supplies, clerical items, icons, toys, soaps, disability aids, textiles, bicycles, shoes, cleaning materials, etc.
The Mission often faces particular problems. One such problem was a particular kind of woodworm that managed to destroy all the wooden structures (doors and window frames) of the large buildings. Consequently, the container that left on 10 June 2012 was loaded with 16 tons of iron and all the equipment of a modern ironworks. Greek artisans also undertook to replace the wooden structures of the buildings with iron structures.
In 2010, a special consignment was shipped by container from Greece to the Orthodox Holy Archdiocese of Madagascar - a water tanker. This was purchased to enable the Holy Archdiocese to transfer water to remote villages during periods of drought. The undertaking was original and there were unpredictable difficulties. Many parts of the water tanker had to be dismantled in order to fit it into the container, and on arrival in Madagascar, it had to be reassembled by an expert: the same expert who was also responsible for training the people that were going to operate it.