The Reverend Gail Ganter-Toback - A Lasting Legacy

By Mike Smith ---------------------------- The Reverend Deacon Gail Ganter-Toback gives away a lot of what she has. “I don’t need twenty sweaters,” she told me recently at lunch in midtown Manhattan....
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Age is Nothing But a Number

By Nagulan Nesiah. ----------------------------------------- In partnership with the Amity Foundation, Episcopal Relief & Development began a program in China to combat pollution and improve health in...
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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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'I will, with God's Help'

By Chad Brinkman As I think on the coming season of Lent, I reflect on the Baptismal Covenant, the promises made in the presence of God as to how we are called to live out our faith. In the...
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Even Stronger Next Time- Comprehensive programing in the Philippines builds resilience for the future

By Sara Delaney We landed in Tacloban early on a Thursday morning, setting down on an airfield full of military planes and white UN tents. On the half-hour drive from the airport to where we would...
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Donkeys – A Labor-Saving Strategy Then and Now

We all know that Mary rode a donkey as she and Joseph traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem [1]. And all women who have given birth can truly appreciate the value of that donkey, given the 80-mile...
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Taking the Long View on Disaster Recovery

When Typhoon Haiyan struck, a colleague and I were packing our bags for a visit with our partners in the Philippines. Initially, it wasn't clear if the typhoon would set things back since...
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Andrew Maxwell, One of the Saints of God

This All Saints’ Day, I will remember Andrew Maxwell. I never met him, but we talked on the phone occasionally. He was kind and quick, enthusiastic and sly. It’s hard to explain how all that comes...
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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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Fighting Pneumonia, the Preventable Killer

November 12 is World Pneumonia Day, established in 2009 to raise global awareness and advocacy around a disease that is the leading killer of children under age five worldwide. The event is led by the...
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Reflections from Tanzania: NetsForLife®—Changing Lives Here and Abroad, Part 2

In Part 2, Emma Wright shares more about the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia trip to Tanzania. The team visited the Episcopal Relief & Development NetsforLife® program partnership, which is working to...
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Called to Make a Positive Difference

My name is Benjamin Wright, and I am a firm believer that anyone and everyone can and should make a positive difference in the world. Regrettably, in our society today, teenagers are not pushed to...
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Seeing the Link Between Health and Poverty in Kenya, Part 1

MORO, Kenya – On a recent visit to this community in western Kenya, near the shores of Lake Victoria, I found inspiration in an integrated approach to the area’s numerous development challenges. ...
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Inspiring Hope in Congo

  “I am proud of what I’ve been able to do and who I’ve become.”                                           - Nabintu, age 80, Bukavu, DRC A quick web search of the keywords “women” and “DRC” will...
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Lent 2012: Dust and Hope

Lent started for me in the small town of Bolgatanga, northern Ghana. At the Parish Church of St. Cyprian, next door to the office of our partner, the Anglican Diocesan Development and...
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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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Twelve … Umm, Eleven Days of Gifts for Life

Going through old emails allows for some very fascinating discoveries many months later about the things you don’t yet want to delete. Boy, am I glad I saved this one!  Below are the actual lyrics...
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How Late-night TV Changed My Life … Part 1

Growing up, I remember watching the late, late movie … “Attack of the Killer Something-or-Other” … when out of nowhere, one of those “please save this child!” commercials would come on the screen...
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NetsforLife®: Impacting Lives in Conflict

As Program Support and Logistics Officer for NetsforLife®, Episcopal Relief & Development's malaria prevention partnership, I work closely with Dr. Stephen Dzisi, our Technical Director, to respond to...
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Pay Attention. Be Changed.

Today's verse in the Episcopal Relief & Development Lenten Meditations booklet comes from St. Paul's letter to the Romans. "I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do...
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