Greetings from the Communications Office!

Hey everyone! My name is Faith, and I'm the Communications Officer here at Episcopal Relief & Development. I've been working in communications for the past few years, but I also have a master's degree...
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Turning a Cow, Flowers and Laboring Hands into Assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo

 As part of its Ensemble Nous Pouvons (Together We Can) program, the Anglican Church of Congo (PEAC) is mobilizing members to create and develop initiatives that use existing resources to improve the...
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Japan Earthquake Anniversary: Three Little Owls

Once upon a time, three little owls sat at my desk. The story of where they came from has a sad beginning, but a joyful end. In the beginning is the triple disaster that hit eastern Japan on March 11,...
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Caring and Compassion for People Living with HIV/AIDS

By Faith Rowold and Ximena Diego. ------------------------------ Today's feature story explores the vital work of our partner Siempre Unidos. It started with an Episcopal priest in Honduras...
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Superstorm Sandy: Rebuilding and Recovery

When Hurricane Sandy hit the US East Coast two years ago, I was hunkered down with my cat in our apartment in Brooklyn.  Encouraged by our US Disaster Program staff and having gone through Hurricane...
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Mothers’ Union Organizes to Boost Adult Literacy

"Literacy is a key lever of change and a practical tool of empowerment on each of the three main pillars of sustainable development: economic development, social development and environmental...
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Tackling Gender-Based Violence through Education and Action

Earlier this year, during the 2014 UN Commission on the Status of Women events in March, I had the privilege of talking with Sandra Andrade, the Coordinator of SADD (Serviçio Anglicano de Diaconio...
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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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The Importance of Role Models

At the gift shop at Cape Coast Castle, I picked up a copy of The Girl Who Can and Other Stories, by Ama Ata Aidoo.  Aidoo is from Cape Coast, and after discovering her passion for writing while...
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A Living Bank

Greetings from Bolgatanga! I am here in northern Ghana visiting the programs of our local partner, ADDRO (the Anglican Diocesan Development and Relief Organization), in the Anglican Diocese of Tamale. ...
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One Million Men, One Million Promises

  The highlight of my week last week – or, let’s face it, my life so far – was on Friday, March 8, when I got to cover the NYC launch of the “Ring the Bell” campaign for International Women’s Day. Our...
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Caring for our Neighbors, Near and Far

In my work as Communications Officer for Episcopal Relief & Development, I get to talk to a lot of wonderful people in congregations across the country about the ways they engage with our mission of...
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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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Kids Love Christmas Market and Making a Difference

In New Mexico, Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church in Los Alamos hosted their annual Children’s Christmas Bazaar on December 1.  For the past 10 years, the church’s thrift store has been setting...
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Taking Time to Wait

  The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is always a blur.  Between food, friends, shopping, traveling and – oh right – work, I have to confess that the whole Advent thing about “waiting” and...
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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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Building Trust to Save Lives

It was “In-House" this week at Episcopal Relief & Development, which is when all of our staff, including from the Ghana regional office and satellite locations around the US, get together at...
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Making Development Issues Universal

There’s something I’ve been mulling over since the week that our partner from Zambia, Grace Mazala Phiri, visited our office during her trip to New York for the United Nations Commission on the Status...
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A Very Special Birthday Gift

As Communications Officer for Episcopal Relief & Development, I’m part of the Episcopal Communicators (EC) – an organization for those who work in communications in the Episcopal Church.  I got to...
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#FirstWorldProblems

I am an avid tea drinker. Seriously, I love tea. So recently when I came into the office and found that the hot water function on our water cooler was broken… I was forlorn. The hot water function was...
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Video: Grace from Zambia Talks about Women's Literacy and Empowerment

Last week, I had the rare treat of talking to an Episcopal Relief & Development program partner in person.  Although our program officers often meet face-to-face with our local church partners in the...
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