The Hitel Family: No Strings Attached

Each day, Jamie and Sarah Hitel are surrounded by children: three of their own and dozens of others. She’s a teacher and he’s the music director at Christ Church in Greenwich, CT. Maybe it’s all those...
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Emerging Seminarian Leaders Prepare for Their Pilgrimage to Ghana with Episcopal Relief & Development

In the next few weeks, two emerging seminary leaders will join others, including the Presiding Bishop, on Episcopal Relief & Development’s pilgrimage to Ghana, Africa. Charles Bauer and Lisa Jacoby...
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1998 Ice Storm: Suddenly We Were the Community in Need

As we celebrate 75 years of Healing a Hurting World we're looking back on historical events including the severe ice storm that struck Maine in 1998. It was situations like this that led to...
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Resilient Communities Grow to Help Others

On November 8, 2013, the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded hit the central islands of the Philippines. The islands of Leyte and Samar were hit the hardest, with more than 6,000 dead and...
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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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Creating Opportunities in Rural Ghana

By Meg Hall ------------------------ Known colloquially as simply “Bolga,” the large town of Bolgatanga is the crafts center of Ghana’s Upper East region. The open-air Bolgatanga Market, open every...
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To and Within - Savings with Education

By Kellie McDaniel ------------------------------ This is the second half of our Microfinance Workshop blog. The first blog by Episcopal Service Corps Intern Angela Kim describes the experience of...
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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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As Conflict Escalates in Syria, Humanitarian Aid Continues

The content and photos in this story have been provided by staff from the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches (FMEEC) and the Rev. Canon Robert Edmunds, Middle East Partnership Officer for...
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Two Emerging Leaders Embark on Episcopal Relief & Development’s Pilgrimage to Ghana

In the next week, two emerging leaders will embark on Episcopal Relief & Development’s pilgrimage to Ghana, Africa. One will bring with her a passion for civic engagement and education seeking to...
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Preparation is Key: Make a Plan, Be Informed, Prepare a Kit

In this blog Katie Mears, Director of our US Disaster Preparedness and Response Program, reiterates the importance of disaster preparedness and shares some tips on how to create your...
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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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Quotes from AIDS 2012

The story at the 2012 International AIDS Conference has been the sense that the tide is turning. It is unprecedented that so many speakers and activists are boldly saying “We can end AIDS.” Just...
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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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Finding Common Ground for Development Partnerships

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of attending a function where Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), outlined key points for USAID’s strategic...
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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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Pastors and Disasters

They spoke of losing family members during the long civil war. They shared their experiences of surviving the 2004 tsunami. They articulated their responses to the recent severe flooding. But most of...
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Be Ready

This guest post by Anne Ditzler, Senior Program Director at the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF), is reposted with permission from the ECF Vital Practices blog.Two nights ago I arrived home to...
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A Year of Disasters, a Month of Preparedness

I hope that folks are now used to hearing about disaster preparedness—the billboards, the ads on TV. “Make a kit, have a plan, be informed.” I worry sometimes, though, that we’re forgetting why we do...
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