Combatting Ebola Requires Informed Dialogue

Last month Program Officer Abiy Seifu zoomed in on the Ebola crisis by sharing a story about how our program partners are responding to the outbreak on the ground. This month we zoom out as we learn...
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Global Church Partners Complete Disaster Toolkit

What has been increasingly clear in the last few months is the valuable role of faith communities in our troubled world.  In Liberia, populations affected by Ebola are more inclined to listen to...
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Responding to the Ebola Crisis: A Collective Effort

On a cloudy day in September, Agnes, Boima, Siah, Weedor and Harry gather at the Bong County Health Office in Liberia. They make up the Core Development Program team for the Episcopal Church...
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Relationships Matter in Disaster Recovery

Recently, I travelled to Central Washington State with Dave Baylor and the Rev. Patty Baker. Dave and Patty are co-Diocesan Disaster Coordinators for the Diocese of Olympia, and Dave is a fellow...
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Disaster Risk Reduction Also Heals

By Nagulan Nesiah ----------------------------- A few weeks ago, we shared a story on a group of elderly folks in rural China who are making a difference in their community by cleaning up their...
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The Power of Neighbors: Lessons from Ghana

As the one-year anniversary approaches, we are checking in with select sites that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy, which struck the Caribbean and eastern US in late October 2012. ---------------- On...
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'Fantastical, Magical, Musical Extravaganza' Entertains and Makes a Difference

Faithful readers (har har get it?), you may remember a story from last year about a remarkable high school student named Benjamin Wright.  Working with a group of friends and fellow actors, he put...
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A Harvest of the Arts, for Haiti

Once in a while, I’ll get a phone call out of the blue that winds up being a great story.  I have the Rev. Dr. Erin Kirby to thank for this one. Reverend Erin, as she is known in her parish, was a...
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“A Shield in the Midst of Life’s Storms”

In mid-October, I traveled with Katie Mears, our Program Manager for US Disaster Preparedness and Response, to the town of West Pittston, Pennsylvania.  West Pittston had suffered severe flooding...
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Partners in Response Visit Southern Indiana

At the invitation of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, we visited the area affected by the March 2, 2012 tornados, rated EF-4 (second most destructive). This storm left a swath of death...
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Parable of the Three Coordinators

In a great land, prior to an extended clergy retreat, a diocesan disaster manager called together her three regional coordinators and imparted to them her wisdom. She entrusted the three of them with...
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One Grain of Sand

When I was a member of St. Matthew’s Parish Life Guild (PLG) in the 1990s, our mission was a concerted effort of outreach. Through our fundraising efforts, we were able to contribute financially...
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The Parable of the Family of Four

A certain family of five lived in the land of the rising sun, where there was a big flood.  One member of the family died, leaving the family with just four.  The surviving members were grieved and...
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Lent, Running and Connecting with a Hurting World: Part 1

This year, I tried to commit to two seemingly unconnected devotions during the season of Lent. One was to be more intentional in exercise by training specifically for a half marathon. The second was...
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Trees of Life

It took me a while to digest the fact that he said 17,000 trees… seventeen THOUSAND trees!! Following the 2004 tsunami, Episcopal Relief & Development collaborated with multiple organizations to...
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The Foundation for Improved Disaster Response

“I don’t want to be a recipient of aid, but want to be treated with dignity so that I can stand on my own feet.”This was a statement by Vasuki, an internally displaced person (IDP) from one of...
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Landing in Sri Lanka

I must have taken the shuttle from the airport to Colombo city at least twice yearly for the past four years since joining Episcopal Relief & Development, as part of my role in managing our programs...
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Cash For Work Program Helps Rebuild Lives

Wednesday was a rich day filled with visits to communities engaged in cash-for-work programs.One of the big challenges that large-scale disasters bring is the breakdown of the routines of work,...
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