Remembering the Human Faces on World AIDS Day

Year after year on December 1, World AIDS Day, news coverage of the HIV/AIDS pandemic has often been expressed in numbers. Thirty-four million people on this planet currently living with HIV. About...
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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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Giving Thanks for the Heroes and Saints

Lillian, a hero and saint, now departed, working with orphans and vulnerable children at Holy Cross Hospice in Gabarone, Botswana.People often ask me what working with Episcopal Relief & Development...
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Waiting in Vain

We have entered the season of Advent—the season of waiting, so cue the Bob Marley soundtrack…“I don’t wanna wait in vain.”  We know of course that Advent always segues into Christmas, where Christ is...
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Film Review of Yesterday

I recently saw the film Yesterday (2004), the first Zulu language film to be released internationally.  This Oscar-nominated film puts a human face on the scourge of HIV/AIDS and its impact...
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Speaking of the Unspeakable

Words and actions can often seem hollow in the midst of extreme tragedy.  When images of orphans and vulnerable children flood our television screens, when clean water and sanitation is absent and...
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BCC in Tanzania

BCC, OVC, GAD, PMTCT*… what do these mean?! In the field of international development we have so many acronyms that your head can spin just trying to remember them all! BCC — behavior...
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Reflections from Zambia

Episcopal Relief & Development recently led a study mission to Zambia, southern Africa. I’ve asked Diane Posnak, one of the participants, to share some of the experiences our group had while on the...
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