Saturday, April 20, 2013
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...
Friday, November 16, 2012
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
Monday, July 30, 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...
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
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...
Friday, March 9, 2012
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
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
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
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
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
Friday, September 9, 2011
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...
Friday, September 9, 2011
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...
Thursday, August 18, 2011
One of the new Phase III earthquake recovery initiatives of
Episcopal Relief & Development's partner, Centre Diocésain de
Développement Intégré et de Secours (CEDDISEC, the relief and
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
“Look!” said Susana* as she danced for us, feet and hips moving
vigorously under the multicolored wrap around her waist, a huge
smile illuminating her face. My colleague Maria and I stood
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Immediately upon arrival at the office of the Diocese of Durgapur,
one of our partners in India, I was informed that the proposed
itinerary to visit our project areas would have to be shuffled....
Monday, January 10, 2011
Yesterday in Juba, Southern Sudan, a joyous and carnival-like
atmosphere surrounded the beginning of the weeklong voting period
in the referendum on whether Sudan will remain unified or the...
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
It has been almost one year since the devastating earthquake hit
Haiti. As the anniversary approaches, many aid organizations and
news services are running competing stories about what...
Thursday, November 11, 2010
As we near the dawn of the Advent season in the Christian calendar,
a parallel season of preparation consumes the Church in
Sudan. On January 9, 2011, the people of South Sudan are set
to vote on...
Thursday, October 28, 2010
In my work at Episcopal Relief & Development, one of the things
that continually surprises me is just how many Episcopal
congregations around the country are actively engaged in disaster
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
“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...
Thursday, September 9, 2010
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